FAYETTEVILLE - The Arkansas baseball team will be reliant on newcomers to help it through the season. That was evident over the weekend. Twelve players made their Razorbacks debuts in the team’s series against Central Michigan.

FAYETTEVILLE - The Arkansas baseball team will be reliant on newcomers to help it through the season. That was evident over the weekend. Twelve players made their Razorbacks debuts in the team’s series against Central Michigan.


Another two are near-guaranteed in the next series against Mississippi Valley State. And given the Delta Devils’ limited capabilities, it isn’t out of the question to see several more fresh faces over the two days.


Weston Rogers and Isaiah Campbell, a pair of freshman, are scheduled to start Tuesday and Wednesday against Mississippi Valley State. Each game is supposed to have a 3:05 p.m. opening pitch, but rain and cold could alter the plans.


Arkansas was solid against the Chippewas in the season-opening series, winning all three games. Coach Dave Van Horn wants to see improvements against a lesser opponent, though, before the team heads to Houston for a weekend against three Texas schools, two of which are ranked.


"We have to cut down on our strikeouts," Van Horn said. "It’s tough early in the season facing good pitchers but we have to make better adjustments with two strikes. Cut down on the swings ad pout a little pressure on them. We made a couple of base running mistakes, too."


Arkansas played Mississippi Valley State in a two-game set last year at Baum Stadium, winning 8-1 and 14-0. Mississippi Valley State lost its first four games to Nicholls State by a combined score of 52-7.


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Series Ticket


Mississippi Valley State (0-4) at Arkansas (3-0)


When: Tuesday at 3:05 p.m., Wednesday at 3:05 p.m.


Where: Baum Stadium


TV: SEC Network+


Radio: Razorback Sports Network


On the Mound: Tuesday - TBA vs Weston Rogers (first career game), Wednesday - TBA vs Isaiah Campbell (first career game)


At the Plate: INF Gabriel Waddell (.429 BA, .500 SLG), INF/OF Drew Wheeler (.308 BA, .538 SLG, 3 RBI); Arkansas - OF Eric Cole (.500 BA, .615 OBP, 4 R), 1B Cullen Gassaway (.400 BA, .600 SLG, 3B, 3 RBI)