Busy week ahead for Hogs

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas doesn’t have long to ponder its series loss at Mississippi State. There’s too much on this week’s schedule to think about it.

The Razorbacks (17-10, 4-5 in Southeastern Conference) will be back on the field tonight to begin a two-game midweek series against Nebraska (15-12, 1-2 in Big Ten) at Baum Stadium. The first game of the series begins at 6:35 p.m., while the teams will meet again Wednesday at 1:35 p.m.

That’s just the start of the week. Arkansas also will open a three-game series against second-ranked South Carolina (24-3, 6-3 in SEC) in Baum Stadium on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. The series begins a day earlier because the first game was selected for an ESPNU’s Thursday night college baseball broadcast.

It means Arkansas (17-10, 4-5 in SEC) is playing five games in five days. It’s also part of a stretch in which the Razorbacks will play 11 games in 13 days dating back to last week’s 4-2 performance against Mississippi Valley State and Mississippi State.

“Originally it wasn’t going to be that many,” Van Horn said last Tuesday before his team left for North Little Rock and Starkville, Miss. “Our game got moved up because of the TV game with ESPNU, which is good exposure for our program and our league. But it’s tough when you play at Mississippi state on the road, take one day off, then you play Nebraska a couple times and the next night you’re playing and trying to beat a South Carolina team that’s awfully good on a Thursday night.

“If I would’ve known we were going to have that game I wouldn’t have had a Wednesday game. But it’s just the way it is.”

Arkansas — which won its series opener against Mississippi State before dropping the final two — will try to snap its two-game win streak tonight. Nebraska swept the Razorbacks during a doubleheader in Lincoln, Neb., last season.