For the first time in program history, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Arkansas baseball teams will face each other during the upcoming season.
The Trojans will battle the Razorbacks on April 2, 2019, at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.
This will be the first time the Razorbacks will host a fellow University of Arkansas system school in baseball. The Razorbacks will also host the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Golden Lions on April 16.
UA Little Rock is coming off a 28-win season in 2018, its best record since 2013. The team advanced to the second round of the 2018 Sun Belt Conference tournament after spending the majority of the regular season in first place in the Sun Belt West Division. Nearly the entire Little Rock roster will remain intact heading into 2019, losing just three seniors from the 2018 squad.Little Rock head coach Chris Curry is a former assistant under Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn.
Van Horn enters his 17th season at the helm of the UA baseball team and is coming off his best season as head coach. He guided the Razorbacks to their ninth College World Series and a national runner-up finish for the second time in school history. Arkansas finished 2018 with 48 wins. The Razorbacks hosted its seventh NCAA Regional and third Super Regional tournament in school history at Baum Stadium.
“It’s exciting to have Little Rock and Arkansas-Pine Bluff as part of our 2019 non-conference schedule,” Van Horn said. “It’s going to be great for the game of baseball in our state. Baseball has improved so much at the high school level in the state of Arkansas. I continue to see it every year when we’re recruiting. We see more Arkansas kids coming out of the state, and they’re a big part of our program. I think this will help grow baseball. The fan interest is there, and it’ll be big. I know after talking to Coach Curry and Coach (Carlos) James, they’re both very excited to have the opportunity to play at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville. We’ll have a really good crowd. It’ll be good for all our teams to play in that type of environment.”