Northridge Covets Arkansas Pitcher

FAYETTEVILLE -- While the government continues to debate the subject of cloning, Cal State Northridge coach Steve Rousy is all for it.

Rousy covets Charley Boyce after watching the Arkansas senior pitcher's performance during Saturday's 8-1 Hogs win in front of a season-high crowd of 7,359 in Baum Stadium.

Despite the absence of a dominating fastball, Boyce still held the Matadors to one run on nine hits through 6 2/3 innings.

"I wish we had him," said Rousy, who pitched for Cal State Fullerton in the early 1980s. "The guy knows how to pitch. You don't have to throw 90 mph to be good and he proves that. In fact, when we face guys like him, I like to sit down and talk to my pitchers during the game and say, 'Hey, take notes, because that's the way you should aspire to pitch.'"

The No. 10 Razorbacks (15-1) wrap up their series with Northridge at 12:35 p.m. today. Right-hander Chris Rhoads is slated to start for Arkansas while right-hander Chuckie Fick gets the nod for the Matadors (9-12).

Boyce (2-0) began filling up the strike zone early. Sixteen of his first 20 pitches were strikes, including eight of his first nine offerings in the opening inning. He struck out four and walked none in his longest outing this season.

"Three or four of those innings were outstanding," said Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn.


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