Pagnozzi Joins UA Bobblehead Lore

FAYETTEVILLE -- The team already had its general manager and head coach, but now it has a starting catcher.

Tom Pagnozzi, a former Razorback and St. Louis Cardinals catcher and big-time Hogs baseball supporter, will become the third member of Arkansas' bobblehead team joining legendary coach Norm DeBriyn and Athletic Director Frank Broyles, who will serve as the fictional team's GM.

This year's bobblehead, which depicts a young, fit Pagnozzi, will be handed out to the first 1,000 through the gates for today's 3:05 p.m. game against Ole Miss. Arkansas lost Friday's game 5-3.

"What picture did they use on that bobblehead for Tom anyway?" said current Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn. "Must've been from his playing days."

Van Horn can joke since his name was not called to be the bobblehead this time around.

"I'm glad it's the bobblehead from when I was playing and not now .. I'm mean and lean," Pagnozzi said. "The original plan was for it to be coach Broyles, coach DeBriyn and then I wanted Van Horn, but Van Horn wanted me.

"We were arguing about it and then (Pagnozzi Charities director) Missy and (UA Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Licensing) Matt Shanklin just made the decision.

"I said when I saw it, 'I thought Van Horn was going to go first, but it was too late to change it so I guess Van Horn gets it next year."

Don't expect former Hogs quarterback Matt Jones or swingman Joe Johnson to ever be part of Arkansas bobblehead lore.

"We're going to stick to our sports," Pagnozzi said. "We've been looking at (former Razorbacks) Eric Hinske and Kevin McReyolds and Johnnny Ray. We plan on this being a team and getting a lineup of guys like (former catcher) Brady Toops and sticking it to baseball.

"And say if we make it Johnny Ray, I would like to do it when he was in school. That's what we've done so far. Obviously, Johnny would have to approve it but I think it would look cool because he had the big fro back then."

Pagnozzi, who lettered at Arkansas in 1983 and spent 12 seasons with the Cardinals, is now part of a custom home building company with his brother-in-law, Norm Wilcox. He spent the past two seasons as a volunteer assistant with the Razorbacks and previously coached American Legion baseball in Arizona.

Bridges Back In Baum?
According to sources, former Arkansas second baseman Scott Bridges may participate in today's alumni reunion softball game, which starts at the conclusion of the regular game and is open to the public.

Bridges, a senior from White Hall, was suspended from the team March 29 for violation of an NCAA policy. Despite only playing 21 games, Bridges still is third in the Southeastern Conference in stolen bases with 22. He also was batting .403 with three homers and 16 RBIs.

Other former Razorbacks expected to play in the softball game include Bill Bakewell (1976-79), Scott Tabor (1979-83), Kevin Campbell (1984-86), Scott Loseke (1982-83), Tim Deitz (1985), Ryan Lundquist (1996-99), Scott Woods (1998-2001) and Nick Pitts (2000-03).

Tschepikow Injured
Earlier this week, Van Horn said freshman and Fayetteville native Ben Tschepikow would likely receive his seventh straight start at second base.

But Tschepikow, who's hitting .386 in 44 at-bats, injured his back during Wednesday's practice and remains questionable for the series. It put John Henry Marquardt back in the starting lineup for the first time since having knee surgery to repair damaged cartilage on May 2.

Marquardt hadn't started at second since a 7-0 loss against LSU on April 23, but has pinch hit in recent games. He was 0 for 3 with a run scored on Friday.

Nice Ups
Hogs outfielder Craig Gentry stole an extra base hit from Ole Miss' Stephen Head with a leaping catch at the warning track in center field for the first out in the fifth inning.

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