Hogs Complete Sweep of EIU, 6-0
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas used a solid first start from true freshman Shaun Seibert on the mound and stole a season-high 11 bases to complete the sweep of Eastern Illinois, 6-0, on Sunday afternoon in front of 2,527 fans at Baum Stadium.
The 11th-ranked Razorbacks have now won 11 straight games to improve to 16-1 on the season. Arkansas begins defense of its 2004 SEC Championship on Friday against No. 4-ranked South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.
“We got a couple of big hits with two outs today and for the weekend we took care of business,” Arkansas Head Coach Dave Van Horn said. “I though we did an extremely good job in every aspect of the game.
“There’s no more hostile place than South Carolina. But they know that we are coming and it’s going to be a battle.”
Seibert took advantage of his first start to improve to 2-0 on the season. He allowed just three hits over five innings of work, while striking out six and not walking a batter.
Three Arkansas relievers, Josh Smith, Lee Land and Trey Holloway, combined to close out the game. The shutout was the first for the Razorbacks this season, as the team ERA fell to 2.41.
The Hogs ran wild on the base paths with a season-high 11 stolen bases. UA fell just one steal shy of the school record (12) set on Feb. 29, 1992, against Central Missouri State.
The Razorbacks came into the game leading the SEC with 44 stolen bases. Scott Bridges (18) and Casey Rowlett (14) entered the game leading the Hogs, but on Sunday Jake Dugger paced Arkansas with a career-high three swipes. Clint Arnold and Danny Hamblin both stole two bases with Bridges, Chris Hollensworth and Scott Hode stealing one.
Arkansas is averaging 3.2 stolen bases per game and has been successful on 55 of 65 (.846) steal attempts this season. The Razorbacks stole 21 bases in the three-game set with Eastern Illinois this weekend.
The Razorbacks’ offense cranked out double-digit hits again on Saturday, marking the seventh straight game they have accomplished that feat. The down side saw the Hogs strand a season-high 15 runners on base.
Danny Hamblin went 2 for 4 on the day with a RBI and a run scored, raising his batting average to .362. Clay Goodwin collected two hits in the day and drove in two runs, while Dugger added a two-RBI single in the fourth inning to give him a team-high 22 RBI on the year.
Bridges’ nine-game hitting steak was snapped after going 0 for 4. Casey Rowlett’s 16-game hitting streak is still in tacked after the senior missed the game due to illness.
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