Storms Greet Razorbacks At Baum Stadium

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas and Northern Colorado fully intended on playing baseball in Baum Stadium on Tuesday night.

And they did for awhile.

Until ...

At 8:13 p.m. bad weather forced a delay in the game because of strong lightning, then heavy rain which started pelting the field.

As soon as the delay started, the tarp came out, players scattered for the dugout, later leaving for their respective clubhouses.

At 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, the game officially was suspended.

In the last four Arkansas games, two have been delayed by bad weather. The last time a game in Baum Stadium was postponed and not rescheduled because of bad weather was March 13, 2004.

That's when Arkansas was scheduled to play Illinois-Chicago in the second game of a three-game series.

Nifty Play
Arkansas starter James Gilbert got some early help from his defense in the first inning.

Gilbert opened the game by walking Chad Clark. Then Zach Brockman hit a soft liner to Razorbacks second baseman Ben Tschepikow, who immediately threw to first baseman Danny Hamblin for a double play.

Gilbert got John Ray to fly to left to end the inning.

Scary Moment
Brennan Garr gave the crowd a scare in the first inning when he took a shot to the face off the bat of Hamblin.

Hamblin's line drive hit Garr in the mouth and then the nose. Garr went to the ground as Hamblin raced to second with a double.

Razorbacks coach Dave Van Horn hustled over to Garr, who was stretched out on the ground. Later, trainers assisted Garr for a couple of minutes. Eventually, he stood up to an applause.

Garr stayed in the game.

Short Stint
Northern Colorado starting pitcher Jason Sands lasted only two innings Tuesday night.

Sands threw 41 pitches -- 28 were strikes -- gave up 7 hits, gave up 3 runs, all earned, and threw 1 wild pitch.

Play Of The Game
Arkansas left fielder Chris Hollensworth played the play of the game in the second inning.

Hollensworth robbed Garr of a possible base hit when he made a diving catch on a fly ball.

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