Arkansas RHP Zach Jackson was outstanding on Friday. (Kendall Rogers)


Top 25 Breakdown: No. 25 Arkansas

Getting To Know The Razorbacks

Arkansas logo2015 Record: 40-25. RPI: 21.
Coach (Record at school): Dave Van Horn (524-295, 13 years).
Ballpark: Baum Stadium (Capacity: 11,000).
Postseason History: 28 regionals (active streak: 14), 8 CWS trips, 0 national titles.
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More: Fall Report on Arkansas | Season Preview Index

Arkansas' Projected Lineup

CTucker Pennell, Sr..200/.271/.232070
1BClark Eagan, Jr..288/.364/.4062312
2BRick Nomura, Sr..298/.370/.4314203
3BCarson Shaddy, So..337/.4237/.5173191
SSMichael Bernal, Sr..269/.398/.3664302
LFLuke Bonfield, So..177/.346/.194070
CFJack Benninghoff, Fr.DNP—Redshirted last season
RFChad Spanberger, So..252/.336/.3360211
DHEric Cole, Fr.HS—Southlake, Texas (Carroll)
RHPKeaton McKinney, So.6-23.218746380
RHPDominic Taccolini, Jr.6-44.327741372
RHPJames Teague, Jr.6-43.365933222
RHPZach Jackson, Jr.5-12.106089389

Hitting: 55

It’s easy to poke some holes in the Razorbacks’ chances from an offensive standpoint. The Hogs have the tough chore of replacing two of the better hitters in the SEC, particularly Andrew Benintendi, a first-round pick and one of the great stories of the 2015 season, while Tyler Spoon was a consistent force, leader and fan favorite. With those guys, the Hogs clearly will need some guys to assume bigger roles. Nomura spent the offseason getting stronger and should hit with a bit more line-drive power, while Bernal, another veteran, showed immense improvements offensively during the fall. Eagan is an athletic, quality, hitter who can make things happen, while Bonfield is a key cog to watch. Bonfield showed a lot of promise the summer after his high school senior season with a strong showing in a collegiate summer league, but never really materialized into a consistent guy last year. Now, Bonfield has made major strides and has the ability to be a consistent, powerful, hitter. Benninghoff and Spanberger can use all the fields, and Cole is a switch-hitting potential leadoff hitter who has speed and good plate discipline. There will be some doubters about this Arkansas lineup, but look for it to be productive enough.


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