Hollensworth Extends Hitting Streak

Hollensworth, a transfer from Texarkana (Texas) Community College who's originally from El Dorado, extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a leadoff single in the second inning. He also walked and scored on Ben Tschepikow's fourth-inning double.

"It's great to be contributing and helping the team, especially in a win like this," Hollensworth said. "I changed my stance a little bit and now I'm being more aggressive earlier in the count and hitting the ball out in front of the plate and it's been working for me."

It would be wrong to say that Hollensworth has caught fire only lately as he has been ripping the cover off the ball every time he plays. In fact, his .400 batting average would lead the team on the statistics sheet if he had enough at-bats (62) to qualify.

"He's been very consistent, He can beat out a ground ball and he's strong enough to muscle it into the outfield, so he's versatile," Van Horn said. "You can just see that he's gotten over the hump and he'll probably help us out quite a bit the rest of the way."

Two weeks prior to this season, the coaching staff had Hollensworth penciled in as a starter in outfield until a knee injury slowed his early progress. On Friday, he replaced regular Jake Dugger, who could miss the entire series with a knee injury he suffered in Wednesday's practice.

Hollensworth's two starts against Kentucky last weekend were in left field and as the designated hitter.

"Dugger's knee is as big as a watermelon," Van Horn said. "(Hollensworth) was going to play anyway. He might have been in the DH spot or in the outfield for Blake Parker, but he was going to play."

Future Teammates?
Arkansas first baseman Danny Hamblin and Florida catcher Brian Jerolman, both sophomores, are among 13 players invited to participate in the USA Baseball Team Trials in Raleigh, N.C. from June 27-30.

Only two other underclassmen from the SEC have been invited. They are Tennessee freshman catcher/utility J.P. Arencibia and Vanderbilt freshman left-handed pitcher David Price.

Van Horn will be one of three assistants on the squad that will be coached by Baylor's Steve Smith.

Student-Athlete Day
Several Razorbacks who will graduate this spring were recognized prior to the start of Friday's game as part of Student-Athlete Day.

Clay Goodwin was the lone representative from the baseball team while football had the largest group which included tailback De'Arrius Howard, Steven Harris and Pierre Brown. Other notables were Mike Jones from basketball and Jaanus Uudmae and Matt Gunn from track.

Former UA Recruit
Florida sophomore left fielder Gavin Dickey was recruited by the Razorbacks as a quarterback out of Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln.

Dickey, who batted in the two-hole and went 1 for 4, doubles in football for the Gators. He was recruited to Arkansas by Hogs assistant Chris Vaughn, who attended Friday's game.

Pig Tales
Former Arkansas basketball player Dwight Stewart, a key member of the 1994 National Championship, was in attendance for Friday's game ... Razorbacks catcher Brian Walker threw out Dickey attemtping to steal second in the third inning. He's thrown out 16 of 37 runners (43 percent) attempting stolen bases ... Florida starter Bryan Ball threw 13 consecutive breaking balls to strike out Scott Hode and Clay Goodwin and escape a two-on, one-out jam in the first inning.

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