Gentry Breaks School Record

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Arkansas' Craig Gentry shattered a school-record with his 10th consecutive hit during Saturday's 8-2 loss against Tennessee in front of 2,726 in Nelson Stadium.

The junior, who transferred from the UA-Fort Smith and attended high school at Fort Smith Christian lined a single to center to lead off the fifth inning. That made him 3 for 3 to that point. He was 4 for 4 in Friday's 4-1 win against the Vols and 3 for 3 in a 14-5 win against Southwest Missouri State on Wednesday.

It broke the old mark of nine straight hits set by Brett Harrison in 1983.

"I just found that out not too long ago," Gentry said. "I really don't know what to say, but I have been seeing the ball a little bit better. I've been staying over the ball and letting it get deeper in the hitting zone.

"And I guess it's working out for me."

Gentry, who also has three stolen bases in the series, put the Hogs on the board when he tied the score at 2-2 with a two-run homer -- his first -- over the left-field wall in the third inning. He singled up the middle in his first at-bat Saturday.

"I'm seeing the ball a little bit better," Gentry said. "I saw the slider coming in and he kind of hung it. When I hit it, I looked up at it and thought, ‘That might get out of here.'

"And sure enough, it did."

Gentry took over the starting role in center field when senior Casey Rowlett was suspended indefinitely. Since April 5, Gentry has been Razorbacks red hot as he's 17 for 37 (.460) with eight stolen bases in eight attempts.

He also has made several eye-opening catches in the field, including a running catch at the warning track in right center to help the Hogs escape a bases-loaded jam in Saturday's fourth inning.

"It's really good to have him doing well in conference games," said Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn. "He really picked us up (Friday) night and was a catalyst for us and then again (Saturday), he was on the bases, we just didn't drive him in.

"But he's played well in the outfield and is swinging the bat with a lot of confidence."

Quick Hook

Without giving up any hits, Arkansas starter James Gilbert was relieved with one out in the second inning. The crafty left-hander, who retired the side in order in the first, walked Chase Headley with a full count and J.P. Arencibia on four straight pitches to start the inning.

"He's been great in mid-week games, but he's been awful in conference ... bottom line," Van Horn said. "I don't know if it's nerves or whatever, but he's a lot better pitcher than he showed (Saturday)."

Family Tradition

Tennessee left fielder Eli Iorg is the son of a former Major Leaguer. His dad, Garth Iorg, played nine season with Toronto and helped the Blue Jays reach the 1985 American League Championship series.

An uncle, Dane Iorg, played for the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals. He won World Series rings with the Cards in 1982 and the Royals in 1985.


Arkansas sophomore slugger Danny Hamblin extended his team-best hitting streak to 11 games when he lined a hanging breaking ball to left field for single with two outs in Saturday's third inning. It was his only hit.

TV Timeout

With Saturday's game broadcast on Comcast Sports Southeast, an extra 30 seconds to a minute was wasted between innings while waiting to return from each commercial break.

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