No Other Choice But Boyce

AUSTIN, Texas — After using five pitchers during Sunday's 19-8 loss against Texas, Arkansas finds itself in a bind at 1 p.m. today in its winner-take-all rematch against the Longhorns in the NCAA Austin Regional.

That puts the pressure on right-hander Charley Boyce to eat up plenty of innings in today's game since he appears to be the only available arm.

"We could probably pitch (position players Scott) Hode or (Blake) Parker," said Hogs pitching coach Dave Jorn. "I still think (Sunday's starter Shaun) Seibert could come back and help for a few innings, but other than that, I don't know."

Whether Boyce starts or comes in as a reliever will be up to the fourth-year junior and how his weary arm feels when he plays catch before today's game.

"(Our pitching) is going to be pieced together one-way or another," said Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn. "We've got a couple of guys that can throw a little bit and maybe give us an inning or two.

"We'll give Charley the first chance, but it will all depend on how he feels. He ran Saturday and Sunday and when he wakes up (today), he may feel like a new man. We'll just have to see."

Texas, playing in its five games in four days, is pretty much in the same boat and coach Augie Garrido said they'll have to recycle either Friday starter Kenn Kasparek or Saturday starter Kyle McCulloch, both right-handers.

"Considering the number of innings that we've played, there's a one-game mismatch between the two teams," Garrido said. "We're going to have to ask someone to kind of step up and be a hero in this thing. Whoever's feeling the best most likely will start."

Boyce does have a history against Texas after starting and giving up five runs — three were earned — during a 13-2 loss in the opening round of last season's College World Series.

Since he did not pitch the past two days, Boyce could be more rested than usual despite throwing 122 pitches in a 9-5 win against Miami (Ohio) in Friday's regional opener. He made two appearances in six of 10 Southeastern Conference series and also pitched in both games of the SEC Tourney.

"He's been a workhorse all year long and down the stretch to get us to this point," Jorn said. "The guy has thrown so many innings and had so little rest between outings that it takes its toll. We hate to use him like that, but if his arm is healthy and he wants to go, then we'll give him the ball.

"We're just hoping with another night's sleep that maybe he can go out there give us five or six innings so we can build up a lead."

Daily Double

With Clint Arnold at first in the fourth inning, Arkansas slugger Danny Hamblin bounced a ground-rule double over the right-field wall. Since the runner was at first, by rule, he can only advance two bases and that kept Arnold from scoring which he would have easily done had the ball stayed inside the park.

It was the Hogs' fourth ground-rule double in the regional — they had three in Friday's 9-5 win against Miami (Ohio) — and third time the spring-like AstroTurf on Disch-Falk Field's surface cost them a run.

Squeeze It

An Arkansas fan sitting about 28 rows up on the first base side was in perfect position — with glove in hand and everything — to catch a foul ball off the bat of Texas' Nick Peoples in the third inning.

Instead, the ball rattled out of the man's glove which resulted in a round of boos from the ‘Horns' faithful, who added to the man's embarrassment by chanting "Defense! Defense!" after the simple catch was dropped.

It's About Time

Brian Walker led off the fifth inning with solo homer for Arkansas. It was inconsequential — since it cut Texas' sizable lead to 9-3 — but it still was a big deal to the Razorbacks, who hadn't homered in eight games and 297 at-bats.

The last Hogs homer was hit by Scott Hode in a 5-2 loss against Alabama on May 14.

Home Team

Since the Razorbacks were in the winner's bracket, they spent Sunday's game in Texas' dugout on the third base side while the Longhorns were forced to use the opponent's dugout for the first time this season.

A coin flip will decide which team will be in the home dugout for today's game.

What A Play

Arkansas' Ben Tschepikow appeared to have an infield single when he hit a high-hopper off the turf between the pitcher's mound and third. But Texas third baseman David Maroul bare-handed the ball in mid-air and quickly fired it to first to beat a racing Tschepikow by half a step.

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