The Ashland, Wis., native has eared conference coach-of-the-year honors seven times, most recently in 1999. That season, DeBriyn 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.
ARKANSAS’ LAST GAME Northwestern (La.) State pitcher Carl Makowsky held Arkansas scoreless after the fourth inning in a complete-game victory as the Demons defeated the 21st-ranked Razorbacks, 8-4, Tuesday at Baum Stadium. Northwestern State (10-4) snapped Arkansas’ (8-3) seven-game winning streak with its first win over the Razorbacks in 11 all-time meetings. The loss also snapped UA’s nine-game home winning streak. Makowsky (2-0) threw 150 pitches and gave up all four UA runs on 10 hits with five strikeouts and five walks in his first complete game of the season. UA starter LHP Wes McCrotty (2-1) gave up four runs on three hits and lasted just 1 1/3 innings. NSU staked Makowsky to an early lead and chased McCrotty during a six-run outburst in the top of the second inning, highlighted by back-to-back home runs by Jordan Robison and Tyler Durham off Hog reliever RHP Scott Woods. Arkansas answered with two runs in the bottom of the second on a sacrifice fly by OF Michael Conner and a wild pitch that scored 3B Cody Clark. Durham doubled off UA reliever RHP Justin Leraris to lead off the top of the fourth and scored on a groundout for a 7-2 NSU lead. The Razorbacks trimmed the deficit to 7-4 in the bottom of the inning on IF Brett Hagedorn’s two-out, two-run double – his 10th two-out hit and 13th and 14th two-out RBI of the season. The Demons plated their final run when Jeramie Hale scored on wild pitch by UA reliever LHP Jared Manatt in the top of the eighth. Arkansas loaded the bases with two out in the bottom of the ninth and brought the tying run to the plate, but Makowsky got Clark to fly out to end the game.
Feb. 27, 2001
Northwestern (La.) State 8
Baum Stadium at George Cole Field
WASHBURN CONTINUES TO PACE THE HOGS After being named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week last week, senior C Kyle Washburn continues to pace the Razorbacks with a .389 batting average. A product of Southside High School in Fort Smith, Ark., and a former transfer from Westark College in Fort Smith, Washburn went 5-for-7 with four RBI and three runs scored to help the Razorbacks sweep a two-game series against Long Beach State with a pair of comeback victories Feb. 17 and 18 at Baum Stadium. Washburn delivered a pair of two-out doubles in the Feb. 17 win over LBSU in which the Hogs rallied from a 4-0 deficit after 4 1/2 innings for a 6-4 victory. His two-out, two-run double in the fifth inning cut the 49ers’ lead to 4-3 and he tied the game at 4-4 with a two-out, RBI double in the seventh. The Razorbacks scored two more runs in the seventh to claim their third-consecutive win and fourth in a row against ranked opponents. Long Beach State was ranked 15th in that week’s Collegiate Baseball poll. After starting 50 of Arkansas’ 54 games last season at third base, Washburn moved behind the plate for the 2001 season. He is the first UA player to receive a weekly honor from the league since LHP Jared Manatt was named the final SEC Pitcher of the Week last year and the first Hog to named SEC Player of the Week since 1B Rodney Nye earned the honor on March 30, 1998.
ISAACSON RETURNING TO 1999 FORM Junior RHP Charlie Isaacson is off to a 2-1 start and is showing no ill effects of the shoulder injury that sidearned him last season. He earned his first pitching victory since opening day of the 2000 season when he got the win in the 6-4 triumph over Long Beach State on Feb. 17. After a two-inning stint in the Hogs’ season opener, Isaacson started and suffered his second collegiate defeat in a 2-4 loss at UTSA Feb. 10 despite allowing just one earned run and three hits while striking out six in 6 2/3 innings. Isaacson made just three appearances and logged just 6.0 innings last season before tendonitis in his right (throwing) shoulder ended his sophomore season. Although Isaacson is officially listed as a junior this season, UA can petition the NCAA for an additional year of eligibility for the Overland Park, Kan., native once he completes his senior season. In 1999, Isaacson posted a 9-0 record and 3.16 earned-run average and was named second-team All-America by the American Baseball Coaches Association, first-team All-Southeastern Conference, and a Freshman All-American by Baseball Weekly, Baseball America (first team) and Collegiate Baseball (first team).
CROSSETT’S STREAK SNAPPED WITH 0-FOR-2 VS. OCU Senior OF/DH Scott Crossett had his career-best hitting streak snapped at 17 games with an 0-for-2 performance in the Feb. 21 win over Oklahoma City. He had stretched his streak to 17 with one hit in each of the Razorbacks’ wins over Long Beach State. The Batesville, Ark., native finished the 2000 season with a 12-game hitting streak and hit safely in each of his first five games this season. Expected to be the Razorbacks’ designated hitter for most games, Crossett returned to the UA outfield for the first time this season on Feb. 18 after undergoing surgery on his right (throwing) shoulder early last summer to repair damage done during an injury he suffered during his senior basketball season at Batesville High School.
HAGEDORN EMERGES AS CLUTCH HITTER Redshirt freshman IF Brett Hagedorn has quickly emerged as the Razorbacks’ best clutch hitter. The Fort Smith, Ark., native enters the Hormel Foods Baseball Classic batting .318 (14-for-44) with a team-leading 16 RBI and tied for the team lead in home runs with two. He has thrived in pressure situations, going 10-for-18 with 13 RBI in two-out sitations. Hagedorn has started 10 of UA’s 11 games – nine at second base and one at third – and has not committed an error in 51 fielding chances. His three-run homer gave the Hogs a lead they would not relinquish in a 14-4 win over Oklahoma City on Feb. 21. His two-run, two-out single in the bottom of the fourth inning gave the Hogs the lead for good in their 6-2 win over Eastern Illinois on Feb. 23.
THE SCHEDULE Home series with Southeastern Conference rivals Georgia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and defending national champion LSU highlight the 2001 schedule. In addition to the five SEC series, the 30-game home schedule includes a rain-shortened two-game series with Long Beach State Feb. 17-18 to open a seven-game homestand for the Hogs. The Razorbacks will play 28 games away from Baum Stadium, including single games against regional rivals Wichita State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Arkansas and OSU will meet on somewhat neutral territory April 24 at Drillers Stadium in Tulsa, Okla., at the Tulsa World Big 4 Baseball Bash. “This is a real classy schedule in terms of the competition we’ll face and the trips we’ll make,” UA head coach Norm DeBriyn said, “especially when you throw in the SEC schedule. If we can do well with this schedule, it should help set us up well for postseason play.” The Razorbacks will travel to Minneapolis, Minn., to participate in the Hormel Foods Baseball Classic March 2-4. Arkansas will play one game each against host Minnesota, San Diego State and Miami (Fla.) at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, home of the Minnesota Twins. The Hogs will open conference play March 9 with a three-game series against 2000 SEC champion South Carolina. UA will also travel to Florida, Auburn, Kentucky and Alabama for three-game series in league play.
RAZORBACKS SEEKING RETURN TO POSTSEASON Arkansas is looking to return to NCAA postseason play this year after missing the NCAA field last year for the first time since 1997. After reaching the title game of the Southeastern Conference Tournament in 1998 and 1999, Arkansas did not qualify for last year’s field, marking its first SEC tourney absence since joining the league in 1992.
FAMILY TIES The father-son combination of Doug and Cody Clark is not the only family connection involving this year’s Razorback baseball team. Redshirt freshman IF Brett Hagedorn is the younger brother of former UA IF and four-year letterman Brad Hagedorn, who concluded his career last season. In addition, true freshman C Jason Reynolds is the son of former Razorback C Ronn Reynolds. In his two years at UA, the elder Reynolds was an All-America and All-Southwest Conference selection in 1979 and earned All-SWC Tournament honors in 1979 and 1980. He helped Arkansas to an NCAA regional appearance both years and was a member of the 1979 squad that made the school’s first appearance in the NCAA College World Series. Reynolds went on to enjoy a nine-year Major League Baseball career.
HOGS EXCEL IN THE CLASSROOM While the Razorbacks endured a disappointing year on the field, 1999-2000 saw the Hogs place nine players on the 2000 Southeastern Conference Baseball Academic Honor Roll. Only South Carolina (12), Florida (10) and LSU (10) placed more student-athletes on the list. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must: (1) have a 3.0 grade-point average for either the past year (two semesters or three quarters) or a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for his career; (2) be a sophomore or higher in terms of academic classification; and (3) have 24 semester or 36 quarter hours toward a degree. The 2001 Razorbacks established a solid academic foundation this past fall with a team grade-point average of 3.01 to lead all UA men’s athletics teams. Twenty Hogs posted a GPA of 3.0 or better, including three with a 4.0 mark.