Silence Not Golden For Diamond Hogs

FAYETTEVILLE -- Baum Stadium sounded more like a library or funeral parlor than a sports venue again Saturday afternoon.

Really, there wasn't much to cheer about.

Maybe that's why it was so quiet -- about as quiet as being at a convention full of monks -- on a hot, muggy afternoon in the Ozarks.

A crowd of 7,943 showed up to watch No. 19 Ole Miss not even break a sweat in cruising to a 10-2 win against the Razorbacks to win the Southeastern Conference series.

This game looked almost like a sequel to Friday night's 5-3 loss against the Rebels, this time complete with closed captioning for a regional television audience.

Frankly, there wasn't much to say after it was over.

And Razorbacks coach Dave Van Horn didn't have much to talk about with his team as he huddled with it in left field.

It was an abbreviated pow-wow.

"There was not a lot to say," Van Horn said. "Why beat a dead horse?"

Over the past two days, Van Horn seemingly has tried everything to turn things around. He even gave the starting lineup some more cosmetic surgery Saturday.

"Yeah, he was just trying to mix things up," said starting designated hitter Brock Bond, who also played second base. "We battled them early, then they battled back in that one big inning (eighth) when they scored four runs and that kind of changed things up.

"Until then, we were still competing but things just aren't going our way right now."

Bond, a freshman, was one of only a handful of players who got the crowd at least into a clapping mode.

Bond, who came into the game hitting only .182, went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs. He even gave Arkansas its only lead when, in the fifth inning, he drilled a two-out, two-run single into right field.

"Like I said earlier this season, when I get in, I want my shot," Bond said. "I want to do well so I can get another shot, stay in the lineup. I'm always ready to get in and he (Van Horn) put me in today.

"I made the most of it."

Yes, he did.

But ...

After Bond's single, Razorbacks third baseman Clay Goodwin was nailed at third for the last out of the inning.

"Brock got a big hit in the fifth inning to put us ahead (2-1)," Van Horn said. "Then Goodwin runs through a sign and gets thrown out at third. I would have liked to have seen what would have happened. What do you do?

"I don't know."

Van Horn said he fiddled with the lineup to try and make something, anything, happen.

Why the changes?

"Combination of just not producing ... Bond's been swinging the bat pretty good from the right side," Van Horn said. "You know, he's not hitting left-handed anymore. He got a couple of big hits, walked, took us along.He's been playing really well for us.

"We tried to start out with more of a defensive team with (Stephen) Robison out there (in right field). But Robison strikes out with a guy in scoring position. Next time up, we had a runner on and thought, ‘Hey, let's just go with (Blake) Parker. He pops one up, he flies out. He doesn't do anything.

"You know, you run out of options.

"You know, you've got guys ... it's really disappointing, you've got guys who played a lot as a freshman, hit around .300. This year, they're all hitting .240, you can call it sophomore jinx, whatever.

"They just need to get it done, but haven't."

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