Scoring Drought Ends For Hogs

FAYETTEVILLE -- No doubt, the biggest news during Arkansas' 5-2 against Oral Roberts on Tuesday night in Baum Stadium was the fact the Hogs finally scored a run.

It really was a big relief.

Arkansas, which came into the game scoreless in the last 23 innings, had an excellent chance to end the drought early Tuesday night.

With one out in the first inning, Clint Arnold and Jake Dugger hit back-to-back singles to put runners on first and third.

Then designated Danny Hamblin struck out. Clay Goodwin followed by getting hit by a pitch to load the bases.

The threat ended when Blake Parker struck out to end the inning.

The scoreless inning streak ended at 24 2/3 innings in the second when second baseman Ben Tschepikow scored when Craig Gentry reached on a throwing error by Oral Roberts shortstop Michael Hollimon.

"Well that was good but it was more than we scored ... it was a hustle down the line and an error, I guess we scored from second base," said Razorbacks coach Dave Van Horn. "We just needed to score some runs. It was good to get that feeling back again. Kind of like hitting when you're in a slump.

"You finally get a hit and it feels good."

Tschepikow probably saved a run in the second inning when he made a leaping grab of a line drive off the bat of Kelly Minissale.

He robbed Minissale of a sure hit to right-center field to end the inning.

Tschepikow took one step to his right and timed his jump perfectly as Oral Roberts second baseman Brian Hanson, who reached base by being hit by a pitch, started racing for third.

"Really, I don't think it was that great of play," Tschepikow said. "It just kind of looked that way. I kind of just caught it quickly when it came to me."

There was a scary moment in the fourth inning when Razorbacks left fielder Clint Arnold and ORU second baseman Brian Hanson collided.

Arnold was running on a ground ball hit by Jake Dugger. As Hanson moved in to field it, Arnold ran into him as Hanson made the tag for the third out of the inning.

Both players fell to the ground and didn't move for a few seconds. They both stayed in the game.

Arkansas beat Oral Roberts University 15-8 in Tulsa on April 12. In that game, the Razorbacks hit a team-record eight home runs in J.L. Johnson Stadium.

That record erased a seven-homer effort on May 23, 1985 in the NCAA South II Regional in Tallahassee, Fla., against Eastern Kentucky.

In the first meeting against the Golden Eagles this season, Hamblin tied a school record with three homers. Parker had two homers.

Don't look now, but Arkansas has only eight games left at home during the regular-season.

After a trip to Kentucky this weekend, the Razborbacks return to Baum Stadium on May 6 when it hosts Florida in another Southeastern Conference series.

On May 17, Texas-Pan Am comes to town for a two-game midweek series. Arkansas wraps up the regular season on May 20 for its final SEC series, hosting Ole Miss.

The Razorbacks are 17-5 at home this season.

If Arkansas makes the SEC Tournament, it'll play in Hoover, Ala., on May 25-29.

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