Diamond Hogs Steal The Series

RUSTON, La. -- Arkansas flirted with and tied a couple of stolen base records during Sunday's 9-4 win at Louisiana Tech's J.C. Love Field.

"I knew we had stolen a lot of bases," said Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn. "I just didn't know how many it was."

The Razorbacks raced safely around the base paths 10 times in 10 attempts. It was the most in Van Horn's three years at Arkansas and was just shy of the all-time record of 12 that was set during a 9-1 win against Central Missouri State in 1992.

"I'm not worried about any records," Van Horn said. "We're a team that can take advantage of others team's weaknesses and we took what they gave us."

Scott Bridges was the top thief as he stole four bases -- tying a single-game school record -- with two coming after a sixth-inning single. With eight stolen bases already this season, he's on pace to challenge the single-season school record of 42 (Scott Loseke, 1983).

Bridges almost had five, but an official ruling in the eighth inning said he reached second base on a passed ball, instead of a stolen base which would have broken the record.

"They said if I would have started running earlier, then it would have been a stolen base," Bridges said. "I was just going on first movement all day. Their pitchers were pretty slow to the plate and they weren't holding me on that much so I was able to get a good jump."

Casey Rowlett had three stolen bases while Clint Arnold, Jake Dugger and Blake Parker had one each.

On the flip side, Arkansas has been stingy to opponents on the bases. Arnold threw out the only runner who tried to steal a base against him Sunday and has nailed 3 of 6 would-be base stealers in two starts behind the plate.

Combined, Arkansas catchers Arnold and Brian Walker have thrown out 5 of 11 runners.



Seeing Stars

Craig Gentry, making his Division I college debut, dove head first into the right field wall while chasing down a deep fly ball in the first inning. Gentry made the catch, but laid motionless for several seconds which prompted Van Horn to sprint out to check on his junior right fielder from Van Buren.

As players and trainers surrounded him, Gentry finally rose to his feet and walked slowly, but under his own power to the dugout while constantly rubbing the back of his head which was cut by the hard wood of a sign on the wall.

"He wanted to stay in, but I could just see it in his eyes," Van Horn said. "I don't know if he was quite knocked out, but (UA trainer Matt Cheshier) said he has a concussion and I would believe that by looking into his eyes when I first got out there."

Gentry stayed in the dugout to the end of the game and was reportedly going to be well monitored Sunday night during the team's bus ride back to Fayetteville. He was replaced by Steven Robison, who bunted for a key base hit that moved a runner and led to a run in the sixth.

"I had really been wanting to see (Gentry) because he had been swinging the bat good," Van Horn said. "Then Robison came in and laid down a nice bunt to help us win so there's some options there and that's nice to know."



Rest And Relaxation

Arkansas infielder Clay Goodwin missed his first start Sunday while resting a sore back. Designated hitter Danny Hamblin, who‘s hitting .250 in 24 at-bats, also was out of the lineup.

"I actually had (Goodwin) written in the lineup and then I just scratched him because (his back) was just bothering him too much," Van Horn said. "Hamblin juts needs to sit down and see what's up and start hitting the ball for us."

True freshman John Marquardt started in Goodwin's usual spot at third base and was 1 for 4 with an RBI. Chris Hollensworth, who has been slowed by a knee injury, was 1 for 5 with an RBI as the designated hitter.



Streaking

Arnold and Casey Rowlett each extended hitting streaks to seven games. Arnold scored two runs, but his only hit Sunday was a two-out single in the eighth while Rowlett was 1 for 3 with an RBI and a run.




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