Hamblin Heroics Almost Forgotten

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas looked like it was ready to stitch together another critical win, but suddenly fell apart at the seams in Baum Stadium on Friday night.

Instead No. 20 LSU sewed up a come-from-behind 10-7 win against the No. 14 Razorbacks in front of 8,593 fans, the largest regular-season crowd in school history.

Somehow an early 6-0 Arkansas lead rotted away faster than a carcass left on the side of the highway under a scorching sun.

Talk about a stinker!

Silence, like a cancer, spread through the stadium as Razorbacks fans left either brokenhearted, stunned or miffed.

One bright spot in this dark, gloomy defeat -- looking back, perhaps the only bright spot -- was the productive performance supplied by Hogs sophomore first baseman Danny Hamblin.

For starters, Hamblin extended his hitting streak to 14 straight games. He also clubbed his 10th home run. And had a career-high 5 RBIs while going 3-for-5.

"Yeah, I swung the bat pretty well," Hamblin said. "I sure wish I could have got on in that last inning.

"I wish I could have kept us going."

In that last inning -- the home ninth -- Hamblin sent a shot to the warning track in center field which Ryan Patterson put away for the first out of the inning. Clint Arnold had led off with a single to right.

"He hit a couple of them like that," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "He drove the ball deep several times tonight. He had another big night at the plate. He's been doing that all season.

"That's why he's hitting in the No. 3 hole. Danny's been doing a good job and been one of our most consistent hitters.

"We just need to get some other guys to do that."

Hamblin started the night by spanking an RBI double to left, just inside the third-base bag.

In the second, Hamblin hit a moon shot to left-center field out of the park for a three-run homer.

Hamblin got his second RBI double in the fourth. In the seventh, Hamblin sent Patterson to the warning track with a high, fly ball that looked as it might have a chance to leave the park.

It was all good. Still, not good enough.

" I don't know, we just didn't finish a great ballclub," Hamblin said. "You know when you give up crooked numbers ... especially on five or six outs we gave them. We need to make outs when they are given to us and not give them away.

" I don't know, it's a tough loss. We'll bounce back. We've done it all year.

"That's what we're made up."

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