The No. 11 Razorbacks (12-1) didn't seemed too fired up to play the Mavericks (4-10) since the two teams will play again at 2 p.m. today. Today's start time was moved up four and half hours to allow both teams time to clean up before boarding a long flight back to the mainland.
"We were a little flat," said Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn. "We had a really emotional game (Thursday) night against a different team (a 5-1 win against Hawaii) and I played a lot of different people (Friday), so that may have been part of it."
Arkansas slugger Danny Hamblin clubbed a two-run homer, his third of the tourney and team-leading fourth of the season, that proved to be the game winner in the fifth inning.
"They came in with a fastball when it was 2-1 and I was really expecting it," Hamblin said. "It was something I should have drove. If I didn't, then it was my fault because it was right down the middle and looked like it was on a tee."
Hogs sophomore Shaun Seibert (2-0) overcame a shaky first inning in his second start to pick up the decision. He allowed two earned runs on four hits while walking two and striking out five in five innings.
Three batters in to the game, Texas-Arlington was on the scoreboard as Seibert gave up a single, a walk and an RBI single to Adam Moore to open the game. Another run would score on a fielder's choice before a mound visit by pitching coach Dave Jorn seemed to settle Seibert, who would go on to retire the next eight batters in order.
"I just get tired of going out there and watching Shaun kind of feel his way around early," Jorn said. "It's like he's not sure what's going to happen and so I asked him if he has to have a good inning before he really goes out and attacks somebody or can he do it now?
"And he threw better after that."
James Gilbert replaced Seibert at the start of the sixth and went 2 2/3 innings before giving up as solo homer to Moore, his third of the tourney, in the eighth inning. Daryl Maday picked up his second save after allowing one hit over the final 1 1/3 innings.
Chris Hollensworth got Arkansas' offense started with a leadoff double before scoring on an single by designated hitter Wayne Hrozek in the first inning. The Hogs tied the score at 2-all in the second when Brian Walker worked a full-count walk and advanced to second on a wild pick off throw by UTA starter Austin Bridges. He then scored on a line drive single to left center by Stephen Robison.
Walker also had a hand in the Razorbacks taking the lead as he slammed an RBI double to deep left center field in the fourth. It scored Blake Parker, who reached on a one-out double.
Still, Van Horn was expecting more from his offense even though it grounded into a pair of inning-ending double plays in the second and third.
"We just weren't real sharp at the plate," Van Horn said. "We had a chance to really put them away and could have been up three or four (runs) early, but we hit into those double plays and never really got going the way we're capable of offensively."
What may have played a role in the team being flat was that it was hoping for a chance to avenge Tuesday's 5-2 lost against Washington on Friday instead of playing UTA, a team from its region it beat 12-4 on Wednesday.
"I don't think it really matters we play," Hamblin said. "Whoever steps out on the other side of the field, we need to take it to them no matter what.
"(Today) will be a different day. We'll come out with a lot more fire."
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