"I don't know about that," Carver said. "It's just one game and that's all I'm going to do. I just come to the park each day trying to do something to help our team. I've struggled so much this year, that's all I'm going to take from this."
Carver lined a two-run homer in the fourth, then produced an RBI ground out to tie the score in the sixth. Robinson's sacrifice fly scored the game winner in the bottom of the ninth after Bo Bigham led off with a double and moved up on a Matt Reynolds bunt the Tigers booted.
The homer by Carver followed a miss on a suicide bunt attempt on a low breaker that was probably unhittable. Fortunately, Jarrod McKinney retreated from third, using his body to obliterate both the throw from the catcher and tiny third baseman Tyler Hanover.
That's the second time Carver has gotten a reprieve on a missed bunt. He failed to get one down against Memphis in Little Rock, then followed it with what UA head coach Dave Van Horn called "a slug bunt," a fake bunt turned swing for a grounder into a created hole in the defense.
"Well, I don't think I've earned that just yet," said Carver, who had a .167 SEC average before Sunday. "I think I better just start getting the bunts down."
Van Horn didn't blame Carver for the missed bunt Sunday. The UA skipper said it was just bad luck.
"When you get a pitch like that, there's not a lot you can do with it," Van Horn said. "I called him over for a conference and told him that. He said he'd get the run in somehow if I'd green light him."
Carver chuckled on that reminder.
"I did tell him that," he said. "I had confidence I'd get the runner in some way."
But a home run?
"Coach Van Horn kinda told me what I was going to get on the next pitch," he said. "He called it. He said it was going to be a breaker down and in. You get something inside, you just try to turn on it.
"I don't hit a lot of home runs, but I did what I was supposed to do with that pitch after he called it for me. But that's over with. You can build on it, but I'm not going to hit a lot of home runs."
It was Carver's first home run of the season and only the junior's fifth as a Razorback.
"I've struggled this year," Carver said. "Everyone knows that. All you can do is just take it one game at a time and work. I haven't even looked to see what my average was. I didn't want to know. I did know it probably wasn't very good."
It wasn't like the Hogs found their hitting shoes against the Tigers. They won by 2-0, 4-3 and 5-4 scores against solid pitching. But the Hogs matched the Tigers with better pitching and better defense. Van Horn was proud of the way the Hogs fielded.
"We really worked on our defense this week," he said. "I told the guys in the middle of the week that this was going to be a big series. We needed to win the series at the very least. Sweeping, that gets us back in the race."
The Hogs (23-8, 6-6) got some help from the other side of the SEC. Vanderbilt swept West leader Alabama (7-5) to help the Hogs close within one game.
"I thought it was going to tighten up," Van Horn said. "We just have to keep playing and a lot of things can happen."
Certainly, the Hogs are pitching well enough. The Tigers got all of their runs Sunday on Austin Nola's grand slam in the sixth. It was the first batter Barrett Astin faced, but the freshman settled down for seven more outs. Cade Lynch got the final four outs, facing just six batters. Randall Fant was solid before tiring in the sixth.
"I thought we played a solid game," Van Horn said. "We hit the ball hard early, but didn't get anything out of it. There was one inning we hit it hard four times, but three were outs."
Carver said it was a big weekend to sweep LSU.
"We haven't done great against them and we were talking about that before the series," Carver said. "James McCann and I were saying that we'd been here three years and it was time to do something against LSU.
"I thought after the Alabama game that we won on Sunday down there that we were really close to being a good team. We just have to stay together. I think we've done that. I think we have some toughness. I think we can do some good the rest of the season."
Van Horn said he was encouraged about the prospects with having DJ Baxendale available next weekend for the SEC series against Mississippi State. Baxendale had to leave the game Friday night with a blister on a finger on his throwing hand.
"It was a lot better today," Van Horn said. "It wasn't complete torn off. It was healed pretty good on one side. They'll do everything they can to have it ready. They'll glue it, work on it and it'll be a lot better next weekend....
"DJ told me to count on him for the start Friday night. I don't know about that, but he thinks he's going to be ready. I think he will be able to pitch at some point on the weekend and that's good."
The next battle will be with Collin Kuhn's neck. He sustained a pinched nerve in the lower neck chasing a ball in the outfield in batting practice. Kuhn might miss Tuesday night's game at Missouri State in Springdale, but should return for the SEC series on the weekend....
LSU played an interesting five-man infield in the ninth before Kyle Robinson hit a fly into shallow left center to plate Bigham with the winning run. The Tigers had only two outfielders.
"That's a tough infield and it was the right thing to do," said Todd Butler, hitting coach. "If you are Kyle, you have to put it in the air and that's not easy to do against a sinker ball pitcher like Matty Ott. He did a nice job of waiting for his pitch."...