When the Hogs and Lions met on March 12, 1976, at old George Cole Field, two baseball rarities came together. UA hurler Rich Erwin recorded the first no-hitter in Razorback history, but did not earn a victory. The Razorbacks and Lions went into extra innings tied 0-0. With daylight fading and still no runs across the plate for either team, the game was called with two outs in the top of the 11th inning due to darkness. Erwin had the first-ever UA no-hitter but failed to record a victory while the Hogs were left with one of just six ties in their 78-year baseball history.
ARKANSAS IN SEASON OPENERS
Arkansas owns a 28-6 record in season openers since 1967, including a 26-5 mark under head coach Norm DeBriyn. The Razorbacks have won six-consecutive season openers since a 7-3 loss at TCU to open the 1994 season.
DeBRIYN AIMING FOR 1,100TH WIN
With a career record of 1,099-593-6, Norm DeBriyn can begin his 32nd season at Arkansas with his 1,100th career coaching victory with a Razorback victory over Missouri Southern in the season opener. A victory would make DeBriyn the 17th NCAA Division I baseball coach to reach the 1,100 win plateau. DeBriyn enters the 2001 season tied with Illinois head coach Richard Jones for ninth on the career victories list among active NCAA Division I coaches.
The Ashland, Wis., native has eared conference coach-of-the-year honors seven times. In 1999, he was named Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year after guiding the Razorbacks to a 22-8 SEC record and their first SEC overall and Western Division titles.