FAYETTEVILLE — Other than Monday doing laundry and attending University of Arkansas classes in Fayetteville,  these baseball road Hogs have been on the road since last week’s UA spring break.
Coach Dave Van Horn’s nationally fifth-ranked (Division1.com) Razorbacks, 18-6 overall/ 4-2 in the SEC West and  2-3 on this road trip that included losing a nonconference game last week at Charlotte, losing 2 of 3 SEC games at reigning national champion Florida in Gainesville and Tuesday night beating the Memphis Tigers of Conference USA, 8-7 in Memphis, meet nationally  No. 4 SEC West rival Ole Miss, tonight, Friday night and Saturday afternoon in Oxford, Miss.
Game times are 6:30 p.m. Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Friday and 1:30 p.m. broadcast on the Razorbacks Radio Network and on Internet video via SEC+.
Coach Mike Bianco’s Rebels, 23-3 overall/ 4-2 in the SEC, won 2 of 3 in their SEC series the last two weekends over Tennessee in Oxford and Texas A&M in College Station, Texas and Tuesday night
in Oxford defeated, 7-6 the 14th-ranked Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles of Conference USA.
Arkansas opened SEC play two weekends ago sweeping three from then nationally No. 4 Kentucky at Baum Stadium before winning, 6-3 last Friday and losing, 17-2 Saturday and 5-4 Sunday to the nationally No. 2 Gators in Gainesville.
So Ole Miss marks Arkansas’ third consecutive SEC opponent nationally ranked fourth or better.
“I made the comment the league's loaded this year,” Van Horn said meeting Arkansas media Monday before hitting the road again.  “It seems like teams are older and the talent's good.”
More accurately great regarding Ole Miss.
“I think Ole Miss is as good as anybody in the country,” Van Horn said.  “Their starting rotation, and they've got four guys in the bullpen that can do it. That's why they've won 20-plus games already and they've only lost three. They've won a lot of closes ones and they've blown people out.”
Bianco’s Rebels always sport prominent pitching. They do so again starting lefty Ryan Rolison, 3-2, 2.88 earned run average, tonight with right-handers    Brady Feigl, 5-1, 2.08,  on Friday and James McArthur (3-0, 1.93, Saturday backed by right-handers Dallas Woolfolk, six saves and a 0.77 ERA, and Parker Caracci, 1.62 ERA and four saves, in the bullpen.
Van Horn has ace  junior right-hander Blaine Knight of Bryant, 4-0, 1.83 ERA starting tonight and junior lefty Kacey Murphy, 3-1, 2.28 starting Saturday but was in scramble mode for Friday.
Customary SEC series Game Two starter Isaiah Campbell is sidelined by elbow inflammation. Van Horn Monday publicly mulled freshmen Jackson Rutledge and Bryce Bonnin and sophomore southpaw Evan Lee, 1-1, 5.19 of Bryant as possible Friday night starters.
Since Bonnin, briefly, and Rutledge, netting the victory, both relieved Tuesday at Memphis, Lee seems most likely to start Friday though Van Horn has others he may consider.
Bianco, Van Horn said, isn’t beset by pitching question marks.
“They are not having to guess with their pitching right now,” Van Horn said. “They know what they want to do.”
The Rebels hitters, paced by designated hitter Chase Cockrell batting .421, shortstop Grae Kessinger, .347, second baseman Jacob Adams, .338, right fielder Ryan Olenek, .330 and left fielder Thomas Dillard, .330, are hitting for average and for power.
Dillard has hit seven home runs with 25 RBI and first baseman Cole Zabowski and catcher Nick Fortes each have hit five home runs.
“They're hitting .300. (as a team), “ Van Horn said. “They've got some power. Last year they had good pitching, but they didn't swing it very well. A lot of those guys grew up and got better and bigger and got experience.”
Arkansas hits .311 as a team and has hit 47 home runs, 13 in one 3-game series against Kentucky, but stranded 23 runners in its Saturday and Sunday losses at Florida before senior second baseman Carson Shaddy’s ninth-inning RBI single broke a 7-7 tie for the 8-7 victory at Memphis.