State of the Hogs: Pre-Game Fun

Arkansas and Tennessee split a two-game series. Apparently, they broke even during a rain delay, too.

There was a lot going on before the game Sunday, including senior ceremonies for several players who might be playing their last game at Baum Stadium. Most assume that Andrew Benintendi is also playing his last game after the draft eligible sophomore has skyrocketed to the SEC lead in home runs (16) and batting average (.405).

But, Benintendi downplayed that after Arkansas defeated Tennessee, 5-2, in a rain shortened finale of the weekend series. The last game was not played because of rain delays Sunday and a Tennessee travel curfew.

"So far it's been great here," Benintendi said. "But you never know, I might be back. It depends on some things."

Benientendi is expected to be a high draft choice, possibly as high as the first round.

Senior Joe Serrano knows it is possibly his last game at Baum, unless the Hogs get to host a regional. That is probably still a bit out of reach unless the Hogs could sweep at Georgia and win a few games in the SEC tournament. Serrano has played 180 games for the Hogs, 98 at Baum.

"It's an incredible place," said Serrano, who walked in graduation ceremonies Friday. "It's what got me when I came here and stepped out on the field. It's like a pro field. Everything here is great, the fans, the coaching staff. I have loved it here."

The atmosphere on the field during the rain delay was a pretty interesting atmosphere. There were gaps before the storm hit when players were in the outfield. Tennessee players picked out teams for a touch football game in right field, with a baseball. Two players also climbed atop their dugout to pose with ptichers with Arkansas RBI girls.

"We saw that," said a smiling Dominic Taccolini. "We thought maybe that shouldn't have happened."

Tennessee players pitched baseballs to the Arkansas dance team, presumably with phone numbers. There were also baseballs lobbed back and forth between the dugouts by the two teams. There is time for plenty of fun in a three-hour rain delay.

"It was a tic-tac-toe game," Beintendi said. "It was a cat game."

Serrano said. "I missed that. I was in the clubhouse. But I heard there was a lot of fun stuff going on."

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