Rowlett in Sick Bay

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas senior center fielder Casey Rowlett, who has the longest hitting streak on the team, missed Sunday's game against Eastern Illinois because of congestion in his chest.

Rowlett has a 16-game hitting streak. He had played in all previous 16 games, the only player on the roster to do so.

In Saturday's 12-1 win against Eastern Illinois, Rowlett went 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs. Rowlett singled in the first, third and sixth innings. He's hitting .514 and is second on the team with 14 stolen bases.

Haas Pratt had the longest streak last year, hitting safely in 14 straight games.

"He's been sick," said Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn. "He was sick yesterday (Saturday). Today, he wasn't feeling good at all. Head's hurting, he's kind got what a lot of people have dealt with throughout the rest of the team.

"I actually told him he could go home. He didn't want to go home. He hung out in the clubhouse most of the time, came down in the dugout around the seventh inning after the sun came out a little bit.

"He probably won't do anything for a couple of days with us, just try to get over that and get his strength back.

"Funny thing is, I didn't have him in the lineup today. I wrote up the lineup last night."


Razorbacks second baseman Scott Bridges had his hitting streak snapped at nine games after going 0-4 on Sunday.

Bridges struck out three times and got hit by a pitch in his other at-bat. He did have a stolen base to increase his team-leading total to 18.


Eastern Illinois coach Jim Schmitz came close to being tossed in the first inning. He ran out of the dugout after Razorbacks catcher Clint Arnold slid safely into third on a double steal attempt.

Arnold was called safe.

Schmitz didn't agree and told third base umpire Mike Droll all about it. After a couple of minutes of arguing and Schmitz pleading his case, Droll won the war of words.

Umpires usually do.


Arkansas continued its assault on the basepaths Sunday. The Razorbacks stole a season-high 11 bases, giving them 21 for the series.

Arkansas had three stolen bases in a 17-2 win Friday to open the series. It added seven more in a 12-1 win Saturday.

The previous season high was 10 against Louisiana Tech in a 9-4 win on Feb. 20 in Ruston, La.

The team record for steals in a game is 12 set against Central Missouri State on Feb. 28, 1992. The school record for steals for a season is 155 set in 1983.

Individually, Bridges and Rowlett are aiming for the school record for the most steals by a player.

Scott Loseke holds that record with 42 in 1983.


Clearly, the interest in college baseball continues in Northwest Arkansas and is hitting a fever pitch.

This Razorbacks team is averaging 4,723 fans per home game this season. In the Eastern Illinois series, Arkansas drew 6,843 on Saturday, eclipsing the previous season-high by 1,089.

Arkansas opened the series with 2,447 on Friday and capped the weekend with 2,527 on Sunday.

"No doubt, the weather has helped us," Van Horn said. "I, too, think there are some fans who have started to be a part of our team and feel like they should be here.

"We appreciate that."


Arkansas opens the Southeastern Conference schedule Friday in Columbia, S.C., against South Carolina, which beat Clemson 6-5 on Sunday to improve to 16-1.

It's the second year in a row the Razorbacks have started SEC play on the road. Last year, Arkansas opened at Florida. The Gators won the series 2-1.

Florida won the first game 11-1. Arkansas took the second game 8-2 and Florida took the final game 7-6 in 10 innings.

In that final game, Arkansas rallied for four runs to tie the score at 6-6 in the ninth inning.

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