But the Fayetteville product did it with his hitting to help the Razorbacks come from behind in an 8-7 victory over Northwestern State on Tuesday at Baum Stadium.
Carver made two errors -- one of them in the second when the Demons broke to a 4-0 lead, the first time the Hogs had trailed on the young season.
Down 6-4 in the eighth, the Hogs rallied for three runs, including an RBI single by Carver for his third hit of the day. After the Demons tied it in the ninth, the win came on four walks, the last to Jake Wise on a three-two pitch.
The Hogs did their hitting in the eighth, perhaps the first time they felt pressure after thumping Villanova three times on opening weekend.
Matt Reynolds walked, Jimmy Bosco doubled, Jacob Morris doubled and Carver followed with a line single to center for the three runs. All came off Northwestern closer Mason Melotakis, the top rated draft prospect in the Southland Conference.
Carver got his hit on the first pitch of his at bat, sitting on a pitch as called by batting coach Todd Butler in the dugout.
"I was expecting off speed," Carver said. "Coach Butler always talks about that late in a game. They are going to start you with off speed. That's good coaching."
Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said Carver probably helped get a juicy pitch to open the key at bat with some takes earlier.
"He set himself up," Van Horn said. "He got that by taking some pitches earlier in the game. He's a fifth-year guy and he knows how to handle that situation. He knew there was an RBI sitting out there on base."
"He got me flinching on the pitch before, a fast ball in," Morris said. "Coach Butler tells me to choke up when that happens and to expect another one. So I was ready for the next one. Coach Butler tells us when the pitcher has that kind of velocity you have to stay connected.
"I faced him in high school and he was the pitcher who knocked us out of the playoffs. So this was a little revenge."
Carver was glad to pick the team up after struggling in the field earlier.
"No excuses," he said. "Bad plays on me. Luckily we played better than the other team."
Van Horn shook his head in disgust at the Arkansas second inning when the Hogs committed two of their four errors.
"You look back to the top of the second and that was a bad inning," Van Horn said. "They should have scored maybe two runs.
"Brandon had a guy picked off, panicked and he didn't even have to throw it; or if he was going to throw it, make a good throw. he didn't and they ended up scoring four runs.
"We knew it was going to be tough to score four runs the way it was going."
The Hogs finally wore down Northwestern State starter Colin Bear, senior returning all-conference hurler.
"We went down 4-0 to one of their best pitchers and he could really pitch," Van Horn said. "I think he just ran out of gas. He threw really well out of the wind-up and to get him into the stretch, he wasn't near as effective and he couldn't locate. His change-up wasn't as good out of the stretch."
Van Horn said he could "pick apart" the bad stretches the Hogs had in the game, but said there was some value for the way they rallied after breezing against Villanova.
"We talked about it in the outfield following game three with Villanova that we hadn't been challenged," Van Horn said. "We had faced zero adversity and we hadn't been behind.
"Everything went nice and easy and it was like a nice three-game series that we just cruised through.
"My comment (Sunday) was we hadn't dealt with adversity and it's coming. Let's see when it's coming. I didn't know if it'd be tonight or whenever, but they did a good job."