Schmidt's Solid Start Turns Ugly

FAYETTEVILLE -- Nick Schmidt ought to sue Arkansas' defense for non-support after its play during the fifth inning of Friday's 10-7 LSU win in Baum Stadium.

The Hogs' freshman starting pitcher was cruising until giving up a full-count walk to LSU's Quinn Stewart to start the fifth.

From there, it got kind of ugly.

"It's frustrating for (Schmidt) because he's throwing the ball pretty well," said Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn. "We build a 7-1 lead going into the fifth and he can't even get through that inning because he didn't get any help."

LSU no. 8 batter Matt Liuzza sliced a line drive to Hogs right fielder Blake Parker, who looked handcuffed by the ball as it skipped off his glove for an error.

Razorbacks first-baseman Danny Hamblin, running to his right, made a nice shoestring grab to field a ball that appeared to be rolling through for a hit. Hamblin then threw to second in hopes of starting a double play, but the ball was misplayed by shortstop Scott Hode to load the bases.

LSU's Chris Jackson then hit a high-hopper up the middle that Hogs second baseman John Henry Marquardt misplayed as it deflected off his right shoulder and into left field.

Two batters and three runs later, Schmidt's day was done as he was relieved by Josh Smith with one out. He allowed six runs (only one was earned) on five hits while striking out six and walking one.

"That's the way it goes," Van Horn said. "It's a team game and it wasn't just (Schmidt's) fault. It was a little bit of everybody's fault."

Without the errors, Schmidt would've started the sixth inning and been well on his way to his sixth win. Instead, his solid outing turned into a no decision.

It was the third time Arkansas has allowed five runs in a single inning this season.

Grave Dugger
Hitless since homering in the first inning of a 15-4 win against Southwest Missouri State on April 13, Jake Dugger broke out of a prolonged slump with an RBI single up the middle in Friday's first inning.

Dugger, a freshman All-American last season, was 0 for his last 15 heading into that at-bat.

Going Deep
Ryan Patterson, who hit a two-run blast on Schmidt's final pitch in the fifth, homered twice during Friday's game. The Tigers' senior leads the Southeastern Conference in home runs with 15.

Patterson has been a terror against the Razorbacks during his career. He's hitting .342 with (13 for 38) with two doubles, three homers and 7 RBIs against the Hogs.

Record Crowd
The crowd of 8,593 was the largest crowd ever to see a regular season game in Baum Stadium. The old record was 8,256 set last May when the Hogs beat Auburn 9-7.

Tickets for today's game were sold out Friday morning and approximately 1,400 remain for Sunday's series finale.

Two-Sport Tiger
Jackson, LSU's leadoff batter and third baseman, also plays football for the Tigers. The true freshman is the starting place kicker and punter.

Game 3 On TV
Sunday's series finale between LSU and Arkansas starts at 1:05 p.m. and will be televised in Arkansas and Louisiana. In Northwest Arkansas, fans can catch the game on KPBI Fox 46 while folks in Little Rock can tune into KWBF WB 42.

In Louisiana, the game will be shown on the Jumbo Sports Network.

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