Talented Hogs Find Depth Deep In The Lineup

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas proved once again it wasn't at the bottom of the barrel when it came to talent, even if it was at the bottom of the order.

Want some proof?

Look at what John Henry Marquardt and Brock Bond were capable of doing at the plate even though they were at the bottom of the lineup Wednesday night.

Those two guys played a major role in No. 10 Arkansas taking a 14-5 win against Southwest Missouri State in front of 2,274 fans.

Marquardt, the No. 8 hitter, and Bond, the No. 9 hitter, combined for 5 hits in 8 at-bats.

Marquardt was 3-for-5 with a career-high 3 RBIs. Bond was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

In Tuesday's 15-8 win against Oral Roberts on the road, Marquardt, a junior, was 3-for-5 with an RBI.

"Yeah, I did pretty well last night," Marquardt said. "I was swinging the ball well. Really, everyone on this team is swinging the bat well."

Bond agreed.

"Marquardt has been doing that all year," Bond said. "He seems to come through in a clutch situation all the time.

"Me, I'm just getting my hacks in, trying to hit the ball hard and trying to win a spot in the lineup and stay every day.

"It's so hard to bring in. Every guy on this team can play or we wouldn't be here."

"When I get my opportunity to get in, I just try and do good enough to stay for awhile."

In his 11 appearances this season, Bond, a true freshman, has played first base, second, third and left field. He made his sixth start Wednesday night.

"This team is stacked everywhere and every position has a great player there and it's tough to get in it," Bond said. "So, I just figure (Arkansas) coach Van Horn has me playing a lot of places, just in case I need to step in if someone goes down."

Bond started off Wednesday night with an infield single in the second inning, then got a base hit in the fourth, walked in the fifth and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

He made his first appearance as a Razorback on March 5 in a 15-4 win against Illinois-Chicago in Baum Stadium.

In that game, he came in as a late-inning substitute at second base and was 0-for-1 but scored a run.

In his last start, in a 9-2 win against Northern Colorado on April 5, Bond was 1-for-2 and 1 RBI after starting at third base.

"I just enjoy every chance I get to get into the lineup," Bond said. "I know it doesn't come along all the time.

"I want to make it count."

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