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No. 18 Arkansas Travels To Music City To Take

BY ANDRES FOCIL
No. 18 Arkansas Travels To Music City To Take

Series: Arkansas leads 15-8.

Game Times:
Friday – 7 p.m.
Saturday – 6 p.m. (CSS TV)
Sunday – 1 p.m.

Rankings:
Arkansas – BA – 21st; CB – 18th; BW/ESPN – 24th; NCWBA – 29th

Vanderbilt – BA 24th; NCBWA – 28th; BW/ESPN – NR; CB – NR

Head Coaches
Arkansas
Dave Van Horn (Arkansas, 1988) is in his second season as head coach of the Razorbacks. Van Horn has a career record of 643-273 overall and 58-33 at Arkansas and is in his 16th season as a head coach.

Vanderbilt
Tim Corbin is in his second season as a head coach, all at Vanderbilt. He has a career record of 51-36.

Noting the Razorbacks
Scott Hode continues to lead the league in hitting in SEC games with a .455 average. . . .Hode has been held hitless only once in SEC action with that coming in game three against Florida on March 21, in Gainesville. . . .Hode was 0-2 in that game but did drive in a run with a sac fly. . . .The Razorbacks are 0-2 in two previous meetings against LHP Jeremy Sowers. . . .Sowers has held Arkansas hitters to a .173 (9-for-52) batting average with 10 strikeouts. . . . .The Razorbacks have been successful on 19 of their last 21 stolen base attempts including the last four straight. . . .Arkansas is 14-10 in its last 24 road SEC games and are riding a three-game winning streak. . . .LHP Clint Brannon has eight no decisions in nine starts this season including his last five straight. . . .Brannon’s only win came in relief in the Sunday game against LSU. . . .In 20 career starts Brannon has 14 no decisions, but the Razorbacks are 11-3 in those games. . . .This season, Brannon has pitched five innings or more only four times in nine starts. . . .In his last four starts Brannon has a 4.66 ERA with four walks and 17 strikeouts. . . .Haas Pratt needs one more home run to reach 20 for his career. . . .Arkansas has hit a home run in the last nine straight games and 15 total in that span. . . .The Razorbacks hit only 16 home runs in the first 24 games of the season. . . .Danny Hamblin has five of the team’s 15 home runs in the last nine outings, while Scott Hode has three and Haas Pratt has two.

Arkansas 16th In Pseudo RPI’s
After sweeping No. 2 LSU last weekend in Baton Rouge the Razorbacks moved up two spots to 16th in the latest RPI rankings by www.boydsworld.com. Arkansas is the seventh highest SEC team in the poll with Ole Miss holding the fifth overall spot and first spot for league teams. Arkansas was 16th in the previous edition of the RPI rankings and was 41st in the first edition of the poll.

Tough On The Road
Since Dave Van Horn took over in 2003 the Razorbacks are 3-0 in series against top 10 teams on the road. In 2002, Arkansas claimed series wins over No. 6 South Carolina (2-1) in Columbia and No. 5 Auburn (2-1) at Plainsman Park. This season, Arkansas swept No. 2 LSU in Baton Rouge giving the Razorbacks their first-ever series win over the Tigers at Alex Box Stadium and the first SEC home sweep of LSU since 1988. The Razorbacks are 9-9 in all games against ranked teams on the road since Van Horn became head coach.

Arkansas vs. Vanderbilt
The Razorbacks have won seven of the eight series against the Commodores. The only loss came in 2002 when Vanderbilt won the only game played after rain washed out the two remaining games. Arkansas is 7-3 against Vanderbilt in Nashville and recorded the only sweep of the series in the ‘Dores home park in 1994. There has been two extra inning games in the series, with Vandy winning both contests. Vanderbilt has won all three games decided by one run and is 4-2 against the Hogs in games decided by two runs or less.

Last Meeting vs. Vandy
Arkansas claimed a 2-1 series win over Vandy on April 11-13, 2003, in Fayetteville. Scott Hode had three hits, including a home run, and Kirk McConnell drove in three runs to lead Arkansas to an 8-5 Sunday win. Vandy won game one of the series 6-4, while Arkansas took Saturday’s game 17-7.

Power Surge
The Razorbacks used the long ball in their three-game sweep of LSU as the Hogs hit eight home runs in the series. Danny Hamblin and Haas Pratt each had a pair of home runs while Scott Bridges, Jake Dugger, Scott Hode and Casey Rowlett added one apiece. Pratt’s two home runs equaled his season total entering the weekend series and his Friday night dinger was his first since Feb. 22, against St. John’s, a span of 26 games.



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