Diamond Hogs face Ole Miss in doubleheader after rainout

Razorback Baseball

Opponent: at Ole Miss
When: 2 p.m. Friday, April 7
Where: Swayze Field, Oxford, Miss.

Up next:

Saturday — at Ole Miss 2 p.m. (SEC Network)
Tuesday — UALR 6:30 p.m. (ESPN/SEC+)

Stormy weather Thursday night postponed the No. 5 Arkansas Razorbacks’ opening-game of their series with the struggling Ole Miss Rebels.

The Hogs (23-5, 6-3 SEC) and Rebels (17-11, 1-8 SEC) are set to play two today on Swayze Field, at Oxford, Miss. The first pitch for Game 1 is at 2 p.m. with the nightcap to begin approximately an hour after the finish of the first, UA Media Relations announced Thursday. Both games can be streamed on ESPN/SEC +. Saturday’s series finale is set for 2 p.m.

The Razorbacks will send southpaw Hunter Holland (4-1, ERA 3.50) to the mound for the start in the opening game. Ole Miss plans to star right-hander Jack Dougherty (2-2, 5.79 ERA) in the first game.

Going into this weekend’s SEC matchups, the Hogs were tied with LSU (25-5, 6-4) for first in the Western Division, but by virtue of the Tigers’ 13-5 loss at South Carolina on Thursday, Arkansas has a half game lead on LSU at the moment. If the Razorbacks were to sweep Ole Miss, they would take at least a one-game lead over the Tigers in the West Division.

Expecting that would be presumptuous against the defending national champions, even though the Rebels are struggling mightily in SEC play with a 1-8 record.

I’m not exactly sure how valuable mid-season awards are, but it’s always good to be noticed for outstanding play. Three Razorbacks garnered mid-season All-American status this week. D1Baseball named Razorback left field Jared Wenger to its mid-season All-American squad, and Perfect Gamed named Hog pitchers Holland and Hagen Smith mid-season All-Americans, too.