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
"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."
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
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
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.
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.
No Other Choice But Boyce
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