Boyce In Need Of Relief

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas' Charley Boyce made his second relief appearance in as many games during Friday's 5-3 loss against Mississippi State in front of 6,926 in Baum Stadium

Boyce, who has 40 starts in 46 appearances as a Razorback, started the eighth inning and promptly gave up a single to MSU leadoff hitter Jeff Butts. He then got three consecutive ground-outs to end the inning unscathed.

But in the ninth, Boyce gave up four runs on three hits and a pair of wild pitches to earn the loss. He's recorded the decision in all three of the Razorbacks losses this season.

In hindsight, the coaching staff would've pulled Boyce and replaced him with Lee Land after Boyce loaded the bases with two outs.

"I was leaning towards taking him out," said Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn. "But (UA pitching coach Dave Jorn) said, 'Let's just let Charley finish it.' I usually go with what Coach wants to do when it comes to the pitching."

Boyce then gave up a two-run double down the left-field line by Jeffrey Rea which pushed the winning runs across for the Bulldogs.

"We bring Lee (Land) in and he walks in the tying run, then we're all upset about it," Van Horn said. "Charley tried to get ahead of him and threw a pretty good pitch, he just handled it."

Polk Ejected
MSU coach Ron Polk was ejected for arguing balls and strikes, after Arkansas' Jake Dugger walked on a 3-2 pitch to lead in the bases in the ninth inning.

"I can't comment on the umpires," Polk said. "I got thrown and I deserved to get thrown. Sometimes, you've got to speak up for your ballclub and I was already a little upset because we had a call at first that I had a pretty good angle on that was very close.

"This is the 19th game and this was the first time I've been out of the dugout, so I don't want people to think that arguing with the umpires is all I do.

"I was just sticking up for our guys."

Holloway Update
A magnetic resonance imaging scan of Hogs senior pitcher Trey Holloway's left (throwing) elbow on Friday revealed no ligament tears.

It is unlikely Holloway will need any surgery for the injury he suffered while throwing a pitch in Wednesday's 14-1 win at Centenary. Holloway's status is listed as day-to-day, but he is not expected to pitch during this weekend's series.

Standing Ovation
Arkansas legendary track coach John McDonnell received a standing ovation after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before Friday's game.

McDonnell just won his 40th national championship during the indoor season and will open the outdoor season at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, on April 6. The next track meet in Fayetteville will be the McDonnell Invitational on April 16.

Still Rolling
Arkansas senior Casey Rowlett extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a rare two-run double down the left-field line in the third inning. Most of his 42 hits had come either up the middle or to the opposite field, but Rowlett was able to turn on an inside fastball and drive the ball to left.

Rowlett's leading the league with a .495 batting average.

Two more Razorbacks had significant hitting streaks end during Friday's game in Danny Hamblin (12 games) and Jake Dugger (10). Hamblin went 0 for 3 while Dugger was 0 for 1 with a career-high four walks.

Back On Track
Arkansas senior Scott Bridges, who had only one stolen base in the last five games entering Friday, stole his Southeastern Conference leading 20th base during the fifth inning.

Cold Tub
With temperatures unfavorable for swim attire, the opening of the "Hog Spa" in left field was less than dramatic. In fact, the two groups that rented the hot tub didn't even take the cover off.

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