Gilbert Gets It Done For UA

STILLWATER, Okla. -- James Gilbert was the perfect choice to start Tuesday for Arkansas. Sad thing is, it may be his last start for while.

With the wind blowing out to left field, the left-hand throwing Gilbert lived on the outside corner and kept Oklahoma State from hitting many balls solidly early during Tuesday's 11-7 Arkansas win in Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.

"With the wind blowing like it was, anything up in the air had a chance to go out here," Gilbert said. "It's kind of a deep park, but with the way the wind was blowing, it played pretty shallow."

Gilbert didn't record the decision, but did his job by helping spot Arkansas a 7-0 lead by holding the Cowboys in check offensively. He allowed one earned run on six hits in 4 1/3 innings.

After watching the Cowboys launch countless homers over the left-field wall in pregame batting practice, Gilbert said he knew what approach to take with his 82-mph fastball.

"In batting practice, it looked like they were a bunch of free swingers," Gilbert said. "They were pulling off early on and I knew that as long as I mixed it up and kept them off balance that they would swing over the top of a lot of my slow stuff.

"If I could just keep them going the other way, I knew I had a good chance to have success."

Seeing his Division I hitters swing and miss at pitches slower than some they saw in high school was obviously frustrating for Oklahoma State coach Frank Anderson.

"We're a club that, right now, we're not staying back very well," Anderson said. "And he's just throwing that thing up there softer and softer and we're way out in front of it."

For his performance, Gilbert likely earn a spot in the Razorbacks' bullpen when Southeastern Conference play begins March 18-20 at South Carolina.

"He's really not an ideal starting pitcher," Van Horn said. "He's really more of a three- or four-inning pitcher and we're going to use him out of the pen after this."

Remember Me?
Oklahoma State starter Brae Wright may have been familiar to Hogs fans as he pitched the past two seasons for Ole Miss.

Wright, a junior left-hander, did not pitch against Arkansas last season, but did make his first SEC start against the Hogs two years ago in Baum Stadium when he allowed 1 earned run on 3 hits in 6 innings of a 7-6 Arkansas win.

In Tuesday's game, Wright lasted just 3 2/3 innings after giving up 6 earned runs on 10 hits.

Low Turn Out
Tuesday's crowd, listed generously at 1,431, in Reynolds Stadium was the fewest fans the Hogs have played in front of in weeks and several of those in attendance were dressed in Razorbacks' garb.

In fact, the lowest attendance in Baum Stadium for a game this season was 2,139 and that came in the pouring rain during a 4-3 win against Minnesota on Feb. 27.

Visitors Only
A Port-A-Potty which read: "Visiting Team Players and Coaches Only" was set up behind the stands on the third base side for the Razorbacks' use during the game.

The locker room area in Reynolds Stadium is being remodeled.

Another Familiar Face
Former Arkansas pitching coach Jay Eddins attended Tuesday's game as a scout for the Texas Rangers.

Eddins, who was at Arkansas from 1994-97, has signed several Razorbacks to professional contracts since joining the Rangers. They are Clint Brannon, Andrew Wishy, Gary Hogan Jr. and Quarnstrom.

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