Boyce Sharp In One Inning
Boyce, who has concerned coaches with his erractic outings this season, pitched out of the bullpen during Wednesday's 14-1 win against Centenary in Shehee Stadium. He started the seventh inning and retired all three batters he faced.
"I thought he did really well," said Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn. "The plan was to get him in the game and have him throw some breaking pitches because he hadn't really been throwing a whole lot and he threw some nice (sliders), so that was good to see."
The last time the fourth-year junior pitched in relief was during last June's NCAA Regional against Wichita State. He has made only five relief appearances (counting Wednesday's) and 40 starts in his career.
"It's definitely a different approach when you're coming out of the pen," Boyce said. "There's so much that goes into starting with the preparation that makes it quite a bit different, but I knew coming into this week that I would come out of the pen because this is the day I would do my normal throwing off the mound."
This season, Boyce has averaged 4 2/3 innings per start and entered Wednesday sporting a 3-2 record with a 4.30 ERA. He was 10-3 with a 3.20 ERA last season and, like Van Horn pointed out, got his off-speed pitches working Wednesday.
"This might be the first time all year that I've actually had a slider," Boyce said. "I haven't been throwing my changeup or my slider like I have in the past, so it was nice to get them both going.
"Maybe that'll give me a little bit of momentum going into this weekend."
Boyce won't start in his usual spot on Saturday against Mississippi State this weekend, but will instead start Sunday's game.
After throwing a pitch in the ninth inning, Hogs closer Trey Holloway motioned to the dugout after feeling that something wasn't right in his left (throwing) elbow.
"That was the only downer of the whole week," Van Horn said. "He said he felt a little bit on the pitch before, so I wish he wouldn't have thrown that last pitch. He threw it and he said it bothered him in the back of his elbow."
Holloway, who leads the Razorbacks with four saves, will be evaluated either today or Friday before his status is determined.
With few arms available and no one warmed up, Hogs senior shortstop Scott Hodemade made his first appearance as a pitcher and struck out Chris Wilson swinging on a two-seam fastball. In addition, Hogs pitcher James Gilbert was forced to play first base for the final out.
Devin Not Devon
Arkansas starter Devin Collis' name has been mispelled this season thanks to a mistake in the Arkansas media guide which spells the junior college transfer's first name Devon.
UA sports information director Josh Maxson realized the error while speaking with Collis during the week-long road trip and corrected the media during Wednesday's game.
In his second start, Collis recorded his first win as a Razorback by allowing no runs on three hits in five scoreless innings.
Hogs senior Casey Rowlett went 2 for 3 to extend his hitting streak to 20 games ... UA pitcher Brian McClellan made his first career appearance and allowed one hit while striking out one in the sixth inning ... Blake Parker, not one of the Hogs' fastest runners, legged out a bunt for a hit in the first inning ... Hogs sophomore Stephen Robison smashed a double off the left-field wall in the sixth, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple when he stumbled rounding second base ... Outfielder Craig Gentry made his second appearance as a pitcher for the Razorbacks and his fastball topped out at 92-mph.
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