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Arkansas Baseball Notebook

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas Baseball Notebook

March 27, 2006

Week 1: 3-2

Overall Record: 20-5

Last Week:

Tuesday, March 21: #11 Arkansas 10, Centenary 2

Wednesday, March 22: #11 Arkansas 8, Centenary 5

Friday, March 24: #25 Georgia 2, #11 Arkansas 0

Saturday, March 25: #25 Georgia 8, #11 Arkansas 7

Sunday, March 26: #11 Arkansas 5, #25 Georgia 4 (10)

This Week:

Tuesday, March 28: #11 Arkansas at #13 Wichita State – 7 p.m.

Friday, March 31: #12 Tennessee at #11 Arkansas

Saturday, April 1: #12 Tennessee at #11 Arkansas

Sunday, April 2: #12 Tennessee at #11 Arkansas

Noting the Razorbacks

No. 11 Arkansas overcame a rash of injuries to post a 3-2 overall record and capture the Sunday game of the Georgia series … The Hogs’ training room looked like a MASH unit this week … Ben Tschepikow and James Ewing left the chores at second base up to Stephen Robison and freshman Logan Forsythe this week … Tschepikow is out indefinitely with back problems … Friday the UA staff found out Ewing, who was leading the team in hitting at .382, has a stress fracture in his foot and will miss at least three weeks … with all of the injuries the Hogs still easily dispatched of Centenary in the mid-week with 10-2 and 8-4 win … Craig Gentry hit .429 for the week with his first home run while posting a .619 on-base percentage … freshman Wayne Hrozek batted .467 in four starts with six RBI and a .500 on-base percentage … Chris Hollensworth connected for his first home run of the season to go along with two doubles while batting .467 … Hollensworth now has 12 doubles on the season … UA LHP pitcher Nick Schmidt took the hill on Friday night and set a new career high with 13 strikeouts in just seven innings … the 13 strikeouts were the most by a Arkansas pitcher since David Walling struck out 14 against South Carolina on May 16, 1999 … he has fanned 24 batters over this last two starts – both UA losses … Schmidt received no run support on Friday as the Razorbacks managed just two hits off UGA hurler Brooks Brown … Danny Hamblin connected for the first grand slam of his career on Saturday to give Arkansas a 6-3 lead in the fifth inning but two Hog errors in the latter innings allowed the Bulldogs to post an 8-7 come-from-behind win … Hamblin drove in seven runs this week to give him a SEC-best 36 on the season … he is just 13 shy of his career best of 49 he set as a sophomore … Charley Boyce pitched five inning on Saturday with a no decision … he moved within 5.2 innings of the all-time Arkansas innings pitched record of 368 set by Scott Tabor … he also struck out four UGA batters to tied Charlie Isaacson for sixth place all time with 219 Ks … Chris Rhoads took the loss, on Saturday making one mistake that turned out to be the difference in the ballgame … he pitching well, allowed just two unearned runs on one hit over four innings … Trey Holloway was outstanding in his second start in as many weeks on Sunday … allowed just four Bulldog hits in a career-best seven innings of work … another late-inning error allowed Georgia to tie it up in the ninth by Brian Walker’s one-out double in the 10th inning proved to be the difference as pinch-runner Clint Arnold raced home with the winning run on a wild pitch … Walker broke out of a 0-for-23 slump on Sunday against the Dogs with two doubles … the first was a RBI double in the eighth inning … Jake Dugger also snapped a 1-for-17 skid with two hits Sunday.

Hitter of the Week Nominee

Craig Gentry

Senior

Van Buren, Ark./Fort Smith Christian High School

Razorbacks’ center fielder Craig Gentry was the spark that kept the Arkansas offense moving during five games this week … he posted an impressive .619 on-base percentage at the top of the batting order while hitting a cool .429 … had a 1.405 OPS for the week … has hit in 12 straight games … stole three bases and drew five walks while getting hit with three pitches … cracked his first home run of the season on March 22 against Centenary … also posted a career-high four RBI against the Gents … collected one of Arkansas’ two hits against Georgia on Friday night … played outstanding defense in center field all week, running down several sure doubles in the gaps … leads the Hogs with a .455 batting average in SEC play … is hitting .407 for the season.

Freshman of the Week Nominee

Wayne Hrozek

Freshman

The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands High School

Freshman designated hitter Wayne Hrozek made his case to become the Hogs everyday designated hitter … batted .467 for the week in four starts at DH … had three multiple-hit games and two multiple-RBI games … doubled his season RBI total in four games with six (has 12 this season) … posted a .500 on-base percentage and stole one base … came through with several clutch hits in RBI situations … hit in all four games this week.

Next Week: Arkansas travels to No. 13 Wichita State on Tuesday, March 28, for a mid-week game with the Shockers at 7 p.m. from Eck Stadium. The Razorbacks then return home for a three-game conference series with No 12 Tennessee at Baum Stadium. The Friday game is slated for a 6:35 p.m. start from Baum Stadium. The series with the Volunteers continues at 4:05 p.m. Saturday with the finale set for 12:35 p.m. Sunday. All four games this week can be heard on the Razorback Baseball Radio Network with Chuck Barrett and Rick Schaeffer. Live audio broadcasts and selected live web casts can be accessed inside the RazorZone at Hogwired.com.



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