Arkansas Pitching By Committee

FAYETTEVILLE -- It was moving day for Arkansas' pitchers during the early going of Saturday's 5-4 win against Vanderbilt in Baum Stadium.

Arkansas pitching coach Dave Jorn, who usually makes the first visit to the mound to encourage a struggling pitcher, never left the dugout as it was Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn who came out each time to make a pitching change.

"We didn't have to go out there too much because we made some changes at the end of some innings," Van Horn said. "We stuck with our game plan. We planned on doing exactly what you saw (Saturday) where we're recycling guys if we need to bring them back again.

"Otherwise, we're bringing guys in for two or three innings to try to piece meal this thing together until we can get some guys on track."

Van Horn's advice to pitchers Saturday was simple.

"'Give us two innings. Give us five hitters,'" Van Horn said. "'If you've got it going, we'll leave you in and if you don't, we'll bring someone else in.

"And we're still in fairly good shape for (today)."

So who's available for today's 1:05 p.m. series finale against Vanderbilt.

"Everybody that threw (Friday) and whoever didn't throw (Saturday)," Van Horn said. "I think we'll probably start Devin Collis and go from there."

Saturday's starter James Gilbert lasted just 1 1/3 innings before getting the Van Horn hook. He was replaced by Shaun Seibert, who was shaky, but managed to work through three innings (two runs on three hits) before being replaced by Daryl Maday with one out in the fourth.

Maday went 1 2/3 innings and was gone after giving up two runs (both unearned) on two hits. He was replaced by Josh Smith at the start of the seventh.

Smith, a sophomore who's recovering from Tommy John surgery last year, picked up his first collegiate win by allowing just one hit over the final four innings.



Stealing Home

Everything was in place for Arkansas to try to steal home with speedster Craig Gentry leading off third base and Ryan Mullins, a long left-hander with a deliberate delivery, on the mound.

But at the last possible second, freshman Clint Arnold signaled for timeout and stepped out of the batter's box to make sure he understood the sign correctly.

Gentry was already half way home when time was called.

"We were going to steal home. He had two strikes on him and we had it, it was a given. He could have walked backwards right there ... It was a given. I gave him the ‘take' (sign) and I think it kind of shocked him.

"He called timeout and he just didn't believe what was called because he's still learning the game a little bit."



"But It Hit Me!"

With two outs and a 2-2 count on Scott Hode in the third inning, the Arkansas senior started jogging to first after an inside pitch by Vanderbilt starter Mullins skipped by catcher Bran Hernandez.

Hode was halted two-thirds of the way down to first by home plate umpire Dennis McComb, who ordered Hode back to the plate. Hode argued by pointing at his right leg as if to say, ‘But it hit me!' to no avail.

After Van Horn came out to complain, McComb called both field umpires in for a quick huddle, but neither was able to overrule the original call.

Hode struck out on the next pitch to end the inning.



The Right Stuff?

Both teams' starting right fielders entered the game with batting averages that would land most SEC players on the bench.

Arkansas' Stephen Robison didn't improve his .160 batting average by going 0 for 3 while Vanderbilt's Bill Kleinschrodt (.190) faired better by going 2 for 4.



Sunny Day

Saturday's attendance of 7,712 is the second largest crowd to see the Razorbacks play this season. A crowd of 7,932 watched the Hogs play Eastern Illinois on March 12 in Baum Stadium.

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