Seibert Injured After Strong Start

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Another Saturday, another Arkansas starting pitcher making an early exit.

The only exception during Saturday's 5-2 loss against Alabama is Shaun Seibert came out because of an injury instead of a poor performance.

After allowing one unearned run on three hits, Seibert walked the first batter of the fifth inning on four straight pitches. The freshman threw only four pitches to the next batter, Emeel Salem, with the last traveling over catcher Brian Walker's outstretched glove and to the backstop.

Walker walked a few steps toward the mound before motioning to the dugout for assistance from pitching coach Dave Jorn and trainer Matt Cheshier. After a brief discussion, Seibert left the game and the early prognosis is that he aggravated the ulnar nerve in his right (throwing) elbow.

It's the same injury Seibert suffered during his senior season at Edwardsville (Ill.) High School. He could miss his next start against Ole Miss on Saturday, but that won't be determined until he's re-evaluated Monday.

"It's in his elbow," said Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn. "We'll get it X-rayed when we get back (to Fayetteville) and try to figure it out.

"It doesn't surprise me, it's just kind of been the way things have been going ... Just one thing after another."

Making his second consecutive Saturday start, Seibert's four-plus innings was the second longest outing for a Hogs starting pitcher in the second game of a Southeastern Conference series. Junior Charley Boyce, who was moved to the bullpen early last month, owns the longest when he went 6 1/3 innings in an 8-7 loss at Auburn on April 2.

The Razorbacks dropped to 2-7 in the second game of SEC series.

Tough Decision

At least one person in Saturday's crowd was torn between whether to cheer for Arkansas or Alabama.

Steadman Campbell, a Fayetteville native and former Razorbacks kick returner, is now a graduate assistant for the Crimson Tide football team.

He's the son of Arkansas Director of Football Operations Louis Campbell and is long-time friends with the families of Arkansas baseball players Ben Tschepikow and Blake Parker, both from Fayetteville.

"When Arkansas and Alabama are playing in basketball and baseball, I kind of have to contain (my cheering)," said Campbell, who was a member of the Hogs football team from 1998-2001. "In football, I'm for sure pulling for ‘Bama, but I have been keeping up with Ben and Blake and how they're doing.

"So I guess I have to say that I'm pulling for Arkansas here in baseball."

More Arkansas Ties

Alabama assistant Jim Gatewood has several ties to Arkansas. He graduated from Sheridan High School in 1983 and went on to play catcher at Henderson State. He then spent the summers of 1984-88 as a bullpen catcher for the Arkansas Travelers, a St. Louis Cardinals AA farm club in Little Rock.

Gatewood is in his seventh season at Alabama. Previously, he coached at Malvern High School, Richardson (Texas) High School and Northwestern (La.) State.

Familiar Foe

Alabama reserve catcher David Ferazza was signed by Van Horn to Nebraska in 2001 and redshirted his only season there. He spent the next season at American River College in Sacremento, Calif., before transferring to Alabama in 2004.

Despite redshirting, Ferazza made the trip to the College World Series with Van Horn and the Huskers in 2002. He's one of four catchers on the Alabama roster and has two hits in six at-bats as a junior.

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