Do the Hogs have a contract with a bat manufacturer this year? I know we were with Easton for a long time and that contract ran out last year, so the players could use any bat they wanted last year.
Arkansas does not anticipate having a bat contract moving forward. There is a contract to use Rawlings gloves, catcher gear, etc., but players are free to use whatever bats they prefer.
The Easton contract expired after the 2020 season. There have been multiple bat types used since the start of the 2021 season.
If players can use whatever bat they prefer does the University give them a “Bat Stipend” to purchase or do they fund that themselves?
The Rawlings contract includes some special prices on bats, I assume through affiliated vendors. I’m not sure how the bats are purchased, but I would think they are all bought by the baseball program, then made available to the players.