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Arkansas Baseball Notebook

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas Baseball Notebook

April 9, 2006

Week: 2-2

Overall Record: 25-8

Tuesday, April 4: Missouri State 10, #12 Arkansas 5

Friday, April 7: #16 Vanderbilt 7, #12 Arkansas 1

Saturday, April 8: #12 Arkansas 5, #16 Vanderbilt 3

Sunday, April 9: #12 Arkansas 4, #16 Vanderbilt 3

Noting the Razorbacks

No. 12 Arkansas used clutch hitting and strong pitching to win two-of-three games at No. 16 Vanderbilt this weekend … the Razorbacks improved to 25-8 on the season and evened their record in the Southeastern Conference at 6-6 … Arkansas is tied for third in the SEC West … UA was 2-2 for the week after Missouri State posted a 10-5 upset of the Hogs on Tuesday night … the Razorbacks bounced back over the weekend to win the series against the Commodores … Arkansas is now 9-6 this season against ranked teams and have won its last two SEC series (Tennessee and Vanderbilt) … the Hogs improved to 22-10 all time against the Commodores and 7-2 in head coach Dave Van Horn’s tenure … Vanderbilt’s David Price was masterful on Friday night in Nashville with 17 strikeouts over eight innings in a 7-1 Commodores’ win … Jake Dugger connected for his seventh home run of the season off Price in the second inning for the Razorbacks’ only run … Charley Boyce continued his struggles on the mound, allowing five earned runs in one-plus inning of work … the Hogs’ bullpen was impressive in relief of Boyce as Shaun Seibert, Brett Bollman and Michael Wild threw seven-scoreless innings … Nick Schmidt improved to 6-2 on the season Saturday with eight-strong innings … he allowed three runs on nine hits and struck out 10 … Schmidt has now recorded four straight double-digit strikeout performances … he has 77 Ks in 61.1 innings this season and 45 strikeouts in SEC play … he had 89 strikeouts in 99.1 innings last season … Brian Walker provided the heroics in the top of the ninth inning on Friday with the game knotted at 3-3 … the left-handed hitting catcher led-off the inning with a solo home run over the right-field wall … it was his second home run of the season … Danny Hamblin singled home a run later in the inning to give the Hogs a two-run cushion … Devin Collis then recorded the final two outs for his fifth save of the season … Hamblin finished the day 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI … he snapped out of a 0-for-10 slump … Arkansas won the series on Sunday with a monstrous fifth-inning grand slam by Hamblin that provided the Hogs with a 4-3 win … he now has an SEC-best 46 RBI on the season, just three shy of his career high of 49 set last season … Trey Holloway improved to 3-0 on the season Sunday with six innings of work … he allowed three runs on five hits while striking out two and walking one … two of his wins have come in SEC play … Chris Rhoads pitched the final three innings to earn his third save of the season … he gave up two hits, struck out three and walked one … Dugger extended his season-high hitting streak to seven on Sunday with a single up the middle in the fourth inning … Chris Hollensworth continues to lead the Hogs with a .360 batting average and 14 doubles … Hamblin’s Sunday grand slam was his ninth home run of the season … Dugger hit .333 for the week with two home runs, three RBI, a .733 slugging percentage and a .412 on-base percentage.

Next Week

Arkansas travels to Missouri State Tuesday for a 7 p.m. showdown with Missouri State at Hammons Field. The Razorbacks then return home for a three-game SEC series with #23 Kentucky this weekend. Game times for the Kentucky series are set for 7:05 p.m. on Friday, 4:05 p.m. on Saturday and 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.

Tuesday, April 11: #12 Arkansas at Missouri State, 7 p.m.

Friday, April 14: #23 Kentucky at #12 Arkansas, 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, April 15: #23 Kentucky at #12 Arkansas, 4:05 p.m.

Sunday, April 16: #23 Kentucky at #12 Arkansas, 12:35 p.m.



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