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Arkansas Baseball Notebook

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas Baseball Notebook

May 7, 2007

Week: 1-2

Overall Record: 36-14

SEC Record: 16-8 – 1st SEC West/2nd Overall

Friday, May 4: LSU 6, #7 Arkansas 5

Saturday, May 5: #7 Arkansas 5, LSU 0

Sunday, May 6: LSU 5, #7 Arkansas 3

Noting the Razorbacks

No. 7 Arkansas dropped a tough three-games series to LSU in front of record crowds at Baum Stadium this past weekend … the Razorbacks 5-0 win on Saturday marked Arkansas’ first shutout of LSU in school history … the Tigers pulled out a one-run win on Friday night and then held on to a 5-3 decision on Sunday … the Hogs are now 36-14 on the season and 16-8 in Southeastern Conference play … UA is leading the SEC West by two games over Mississippi State and is one game behind Vanderbilt in the overall chase for the SEC title … a crowd of 10,147 packed Baum Stadium on Friday night to set a new single-game record, breaking the mark of 10,027 set during the 2004 NCAA Super Regional against Florida State … the Saturday crowd then broke that with 10,581 fans pouring through the gates … the 30,554 tickets sold during the weekend set an SEC record for a weekend series, breaking Mississippi State’s mark of 29,915 set against Georgia in 2006 … the actual attendance for the weekend totaled 29,931 … Arkansas has now eclipsed the 200,000 barrier on tickets sold this season with 204,919 with 137,945 in actual attendance for the 26 home games … UA is averaging 7,882 in tickets sold per game this season at Baum Stadium and 5,306 in actual attendance … Jess Todd turned in another dazzling effort on the mound on Saturday … the junior tied his career high with 10 strikeouts and improved his record to 7-2 on the season and 6-1 during SEC play … he missed his third straight complete game by just one out with 8.2 innings of work vs. the Tigers, allowing seven hits … Todd is 3-0 during his last three starts with a 1.01 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 26.2 innings … he has pitched 14.2 consecutive-scoreless innings … Ben Tschepikow and Jeff Nutt both hit .400 for the weekend to lead the Razorbacks … Nutt hammered two doubles on both Saturday and Sunday to give him a team-high 14 on the season … Danny Hamblin connected for his career-high tying 17th home run of the season in the top of the ninth inning on Sunday, May 5 … he is now four shy of Ryan Lundquist’s school record of 56 … Nick Schmidt pitched seven innings on Friday night against the Tigers, but did not get a decision with eight strikeouts … Schmidt does not have a decision in three career starts against the Tigers … the Arkansas bullpen allowed just one run over 4.1 innings during the series … Casey Coon tied his career-high with five RBI on Friday, May 4, vs. LSU … he was 3 for 4 with a double and a stolen base … Coon ranks second in the SEC with 60 RBI on the season … on the career record watch Hamblin became the school’s all-time leader in at bats on May 4 vs. the Tigers … he now has 890 career at bats … he is third in hits (270), second in home runs (52), fifth in runs scored (191), second in RBI (210), second in total bases (490), third in sacrifice flies (16), tied for fourth in games played (232), sixth in walks (114) and second extra-base hits (113) … Dugger is Arkansas’ career leader in walks (157), sixth in games (227), fourth in at bats (819), tied for seventh in home runs (33), 10th in runs (176), ninth in RBI (154), ninth in total bases (379), eighth in hits (233) and eighth in hit by pitches (26) … Schmidt is second in career starts (48), tied for third in career wins (26) with Dennis Fletcher, third in innings pitched (313.1) and eighth in ERA (2.76).

Pitcher of the Week Nominee

Jess Todd * Junior

Kilgore, Texas/Kilgore High School/Navarro College

· Jess Todd recorded his third straight win on Saturday with a 5-0 shutout. It was Arkansas first shutout of the Tigers in school history.

· He missed his third straight complete game by just one out with 8.2 innings of work vs. the Tigers.

· Todd tied his career high with 10 strikeouts while allowing just seven hits.

· He improved to 7-2 on the season with a 3.07 ERA and 85 strikeouts.

· Over his last three starts Todd is 3-0 with a 1.01 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 26.2 innings.

Next Week

The Razorbacks travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., next weekend for a pivotal SEC West showdown with the Crimson Tide. The series opens on Friday, May 11 at Sewell-Thomas Stadium with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch. Saturday’s game is slated for 4 p.m. with the finale getting underway at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 13. On their last trip to Tuscaloosa, the Hogs won their first series at Sewell-Thomas Stadium in 10 years with wins on Friday and Sunday.

Friday, May 11: Arkansas at Alabama, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 12: Arkansas at Alabama, 4 p.m.

Sunday, May 13: Arkansas at Alabama, 2 p.m.



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