FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Offensively, Arkansas returns six position players who made 30 or more starts during the 2012 season. Collegiate Baseball preseason All-American Dominic Ficociello finished his sophomore season with a .290 batting average, six home runs and 41 RBI. Sophomore infielder/outfielder Brian Anderson, who was named to SEBaseball.com’s SEC All-Freshman Team in 2012, and sophomore outfielder Joe Serrano were regulars in the starting lineup in the second half of the 2012 season. Anderson hit .283 with a pair of homers and 11 RBI, while Serrano batted .333 with seven RBI. In the NCAA Tournament, Serrano hit .444 (12-for-27) with a pair of RBI. Other returning position players that had 30 or more starts in 2012 include senior infielder Jacob Mahan (.257, 18 RBI), redshirt junior outfielder Jacob Morris (.236, 3 HR, 23 RBI), senior outfielder Matt Vinson (.217, 13 RBI) and junior catcher Jake Wise (.244, 2 HR, 25 RBI).
A total of nine SEC teams were included in the NCBWA preseason poll. Joining the Razorbacks in the poll were LSU (3rd), Vanderbilt (4th), South Carolina (6th), Kentucky (12th), Florida (15th), Mississippi State (16th), Texas A&M (24th) and Ole Miss (25th).
The Razorbacks open the 2013 season on Friday, Feb. 15, when they host Western Illinois. First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m.