FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas pitchers Colin Poche and Adam Meyer have been suspended for the season-opening series against Western Illinois.
The punishments came after the two were arrested for shoplifting last month, taking two cases of beer and two sandwiches from a local Wal-Mart according to the incident report. Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn announced the suspensions of both players after Monday’s Swatter’s Club meeting.
“It’s just unfortunate,” Van Horn said. “They’re paying the price with us and then obviously they’ll be suspended for the first three games of the season. They won’t be able to dress out, be around the team or anything.”
The pitchers, who are both 19, were arrested after a loss prevention officer at the store spotted Poche trying to conceal the beer in a tote bag. Both Poche and Meyer also removed and discarded the labels from sandwiches before exiting the store without making any attempt to pay for the items, according to the report.
Van Horn said Monday there were other details surrounding the incident, but couldn’t elaborate. Van Horn did add: “They were both there. One of them might’ve just kind of been there and I’ll just leave it at that.”
Van Horn said the pitchers have faced other disciplinary action within the team in addition to the suspension. He mentioned Poche during his message to the crowed Monday and said the freshman has matured in the two weeks since the mistake.
“I think they’ve obviously learned a big lesson,” Van Horn said.
Arkansas used part of Monday’s meeting to update its plans for the baseball/track indoor facility. Senior Associate Athletic Director Matt Trantham said the project is estimated to cost between $7.75 million and $9.625 million to complete.
Trantham said the facility — which will include an indoor baseball field, batting cages and an area for throwing events in track — can be completed before the 2014 baseball season if the appropriate funds are raised.
“It would be huge for us,” Van Horn said about the possibility of having the projected completed by next year. “Whenever they talk about the facility, they talk about inclement weather. But we could use that facility every day. We’ll use both of them at the same time. we’ll be able to rotate our groups defensively and offensively.
“Just the work and the practice we can get in there will be second to none. And then obviously the ability to bring recruits in there and show them that facility, really just kind of prove to them how important baseball is at the University of Arkansas.”
Tickets for Arkansas’ game against Mississippi Valley State on March 27 in North Little Rock will go on sale Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Arkansas Travelers announced they can be purchased through the organization’s online ticketing system at Travs.com.
General admission tickets including all berms, bleachers and standing room are $12, reserved seats sell for $15 and box seats are $18. Fans that purchase tickets for berms and standing room are allowed to bring blankets and folding chairs.