Razorbacks Fans Fill Up Stadium

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Arkansas fans dominated the crowd of 885 during Tuesday's 10-1 win against Centenary in Shehee Stadium, which seats just 1,000.

An unofficial hand count of Centenary fans was 22, meaning as many as 863 were here to see the Razorbacks.

"We were talking about that earlier," said Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn. "We knew we would have a lot of fans, some spring breakers and some people from Fayetteville that just drove down with their kids.

"When we look up at the stands before the game, it was packed and it was mostly our color of red."

Quite a few of the fans appeared to be from southern Arkansas.

"There's probably 50 of us here from Magnolia," said Bill Cheatham, a 1959 Arkansas graduate who made the trip from Magnolia with six of his buddies. "It's a little bit far to come to Fayetteville although we usually come up for a football or basketball game, but not for baseball.

"But maybe we should start coming (for baseball). We just love them."

Adding to the Hogs' following was the Lady'Backs' softball team, which attended the game and were in town to play a doubleheader against Centenary today.

So far this season, Arkansas has only played one "road" series last weekend at South Carolina since Hogs fans have made up a large majority of the stands during games in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

"It's exciting," Van Horn said. "I figured it would take a little bit of time (to catch on), but I knew we had good fans and if we went out and played hard and started winning that it would multiply a little bit.

"The weather has been great, we're off to a good start and Shreveport is not too far from the Arkansas line, so I figured there would be a lot of fans here this week."

Just Win Baby
In only his third season at Arkansas, Van Horn needs only one more win to reach the 100-win plateau for his career. If the Razorbacks win today, it'll be the fastest an Arkansas baseball coach has achieved the feat.

Former UA skipper Norm DeBriyn didn't reach 100 wins until the 37th game of his fifth season.

Knox On Wood
Making his first start as the designated hitter, Arkansas' Knox McCorquodale was 1 for 2 with three walks and is hitting a robust .667 (4 for 6) this season.

Arkansas freshman Ben Tschepikow, making his second start, picked up his first hit in 10 at-bats when he singled to right to lead off the eighth.

"I finally had to get (Tschepikow) mad a little bit," Van Horn said. "I said, 'Why don't you go get your batting average? You're the only guy on the team that hadn't got a hit yet.'"

The wall at Centenary's Shehee Stadium is made out of aluminum which made pregame batting practice sound more like a firing range when balls clanked off of it.

Marathon Inning
Thanks to a tight strike zone, the first inning lasted 31 minutes. The top of the inning lasted 20 minutes as Centenary starter Matt Clark gave up four runs on two hits, three walks, two hit batsmen and a wild pitch.

Hogs starter Josh Smith also walked a batter in the bottom of the first and worked fromm behind in the count on the other three batters he faced to lengthen the inning.

Once the strike zone opened up in the second, the next three innings lasted a combined 28 minutes.

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