Fans Make Hogs Feel At Home

TULSA — Oral Roberts' J.L. Johnson Stadium became Baum Stadium West for a game as the Arkansas faithful made up more than half of the crowd of 2,213 during Tuesday's 15-8 win against the Golden Eagles.

It was the largest crowd in J.L. Johnson Stadium since 2,418 showed up to watch ORU battle Oklahoma last season.

But they weren't only there in numbers. They were extremely vocal and even sang several of the hitters' introduction music such as Scott Hode's "Minnie The Moocher" chorus, John Henry Marquardt's "Ghostbusters" theme or Clay Goodwin's "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy" country tune.

It made the players feel at home.

"I heard it one at-bat so it was pretty neat," Goodwin said. "We always get a good turnout at Oral Roberts and it's always good to play good and win for the fans."

So far this season, Arkansas fans have dominated the stands at most nonconference games and with Tuesday's game only a 90-minute drive from Fayetteville, Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn expected the large following.

"They were very loud and a lot of fun to listen to," Van Horn said. "We have a nice following in the Tulsa area with some former players and some fans and we really appreciate it."

Tuesday's win was the ninth straight for the Razorbacks in J.L. Johnson Stadium.

Spring Signing

Arkansas will try to shore up the defense by signing four infielders from the high school ranks during the late signing period, which begins today.

The expected signees are Tulsa Booker T. Washington shortstop Kevin Carby (6-0, 175), Abilene, Texas, second baseman Jerrod Carroll (5-10, 180), Beaumont (Texas) Westbrook utility infielder James Uwing (5-11, 185) and New Iberia (La.) Sacred Heart third baseman Taylor Ardlin.

With third baseman Clay Goodwin and shortstop Scott Hode both seniors, second baseman Marquardt a junior and first baseman Danny Hamblin, a sophomore, the Hogs' starting infield only has a combined three seasons of eligibility remaining after this year.

Hamblin, a freshmen All-American last season, will be eligible for the Major League Amateur Draft in 2006, so he could only have one season left after this one. Marquardt will be eligible for this June's draft.


Hode, who leads the Razorbacks with the most starts (30) at the same position, injured the middle finger on his right (throwing) hand while trying to field a bad hop in the fourth inning.

"The ball hit him on the end of the finger," Van Horn said. "The pain is back in here (pointing at his knuckle). But I think he'll be OK."

Marquardt moved from second to play short in Hode's place while freshman Ben Tschepikow came off the bench to play second.

Is Eight Enough?

Arkansas sophomore sluggers Jake Dugger, who homered once Tuesday, and Danny Hamblin, who tied a team-record with three homers, have reached their home run totals of eight from a year ago.

Who's No. 16?

Arkansas junior transfer Craig Gentry wins the award for the first player this season to forget his jersey on a road trip.

Gentry, the Hogs' leadoff hitter and starting center fielder, sported No. 16 for Tuesday's game. He normally wears No. 12, but the No. 16 is an extra jersey the team takes in its equipment bag for just such an occasion.

Technical Difficulties

Tuesday's game was supposed to be televised in Northwest Arkansas on Cox Cable Channel 76, but due to some technical difficulties, the feed was not broadcast.

Big Man On Campus

ORU's Dennis Bigley, a 6-foot-4, 230-pounder, was named an All-American pitcher by several publications last season, but he also doubles as the team's first baseman and cleanup hitter when he's not on the mound.

Bigley, who's one of 42 pitchers on the Roger Clemens Award Watch List, is 5-2 with a 2.45 ERA in nine starts this season. He entered Tuesday's game hitting .241 with 2 homers and 29 RBIs, but went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in the fourth against the Razorbacks.

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