Boyce Battles, But Comes Up Short

AUSTIN, Texas -- With temperatures in the low 90s and a heat index that could fry an egg, Charley Boyce probably lost a few pounds during this weekend's NCAA Austin Regional.

Boyce gave Arkansas every chance it needed to beat Texas in Monday's Austin Regional Championship, but still came up short 5-2. He threw 121 pitches after throwing 122 in a 9-5 win against Miami (Ohio) on Friday, giving him a total of 243 pitches (164 were strikes) in the regional.

Of course, the savvy fourth-year junior found a way to combat the heat Sunday.

"I didn't think the heat was a big deal," Boyce said. "Between innings, I was sitting in the tunnel in the air conditioning and getting cooled off with wet rags and stuff on me, so the heat wasn't much of a problem."

The seven innings gave Boyce 15 for the tournament which surpasses his 14 1/3 innings he pitched in last year's Fayetteville Regional. His 122 1/3 innings this season moved him into second on Arkansas' all-time list in innings pitched in a single season. Former Razorback Rich Erwin holds the record with 124 innings pitched in 1979.

Boyce also recorded his 200th career strikeout in Monday's second inning.

"Last year (in the regional) for the most part, it was adrenaline," Boyce said. "(Monday it) was hot, but I didn't think it really affected me. I was just on the wrong side of a few bad breaks."

Coming into Monday, the coaching staff wasn't sure if Boyce would start or come in as a reliever, but as usual with Boyce before the game, he asked for the ball.

"They're not going to throw me out there if they think I'm going to get hurt," Boyce said. "During the game, when (UA pitching coach Dave) Jorn came out to the mound, he was always asking me if I was all right. But I felt fine and if something would have not felt right, I would have came out.

"I'm not afraid to lose ball games and I'm always in it to win it. If we're going to lose, I'm going to be the one to lose it."

Draft Day
Today marks the start of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. The first 25 rounds will be picked today from 1-5 p.m. while the remaining 25 will be selected Wednesday.

Arkansas has eight draft-eligible players (juniors and seniors) in Boyce, Scott Hode, Clay Goodwin, Craig Gentry, John Henry Marquardt, Trey Holloway, Devin Collis and Chris Hollensworth.

Gentry is expected to be the highest pick of the lot and at least one publication predicts the speedy junior center fielder will be drafted in the first five rounds.

As far as Arkansas signees, the three to watch the closest are Rowlett, Texas pitcher Kyle Hancock, Bryant pitcher Travis Wood and Tulsa Washington shortstop Kevin Carby.

Texas has a hand full of players expected to be drafted led by junior catcher Taylor Teagarden, who most say will be a first-round pick.

All-Tourney Team

Only two Razorbacks were selected to the All-Tournament team with Hode, a shortstop, and pitcher Nick Schmidt being the only Hogs earning recognition.

Texas led the way with six players on the team including Teagarden, who also was named MVP, second baseman Robby Hudson, designated hitter Will Crouch, pitcher Adrian Alaniz and outfielders Drew Stubbs and Nick Peoples.

Miami (Ohio) had two players on the team in first baseman Paul Freitch and outfielder Brandon Hillier while Quinnipiac had third baseman John Delaney.

Special Order
For this weekend only, special T-shirts were made for the return of Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn, who spent five seasons in the Big 12 at Nebraska.

The shirts -- which of course were burnt orange with white lettering -- read on the back "Van Hook'em Horns" and were donned by several in attendance for Monday's game.

Relay Throw
Hogs left fielder Clint Arnold helped throw out a runner at home for the second game in a row thanks to the freshman's discipline in hitting his cut-off man.

In Monday's game, he hit shortstop Scott Hode who relayed the throw to catcher Brian Walker in time to nail David Maroul attempting to score and end the fourth inning.

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