That was the case for true freshman Logan Forsythe, who was forced into action after another freshman infielder, James Ewing, was sidelined with a stress fracture in his foot.
Arkansas already was shorthanded because sophomore second baseman Ben Tschepikow still hasn't recovered -- and probably won't this season -- from a constant back problem. Before that, starting shortstop, senior John Henry Marquardt, was lost for good -- he could get a medical redshirt -- with yet another knee injury.
In a two-game mid-week series against Centenary, outfielder Stephen Robison was used as an "emergency" second baseman and started there for a third time Sunday.
Forsythe started his fifth game Sunday and third at third base as the No. 11 Razorbacks squeezed out a 5-4 win in 10 innings to beat No. 25 Georgia in Baum Stadium to avoid a sweep.
"This week was hard, I mean, a couple of guys got banged up," Forsythe said. "We just went on our best instinct. Coach is trying to put in anybody who could play this week.
"That was pretty much it."
Forsythe said making the adjustment from being just a practice player to being a regular wasn't a major challenge.
"It wasn't that difficult at all because we've had the whole fall to play together," Forsythe said. "I practice everyday with these guys and we have learned a lot about each other.
"We just have to make the most of it when we've called upon"
Razorbacks sophomore Clint Arnold, who's been platooned a lot this season, understands the routine.
In Sunday's thrilling win, Arnold, pinch-running for catcher Brian Walker, who led off the 10th with a double, scored the winning run on a wild pitch.
"(Arkansas) Coach (Dave) Van Horn is just trying to find something that works," Arnold said. "If that means shuffling (the lineup) here and there, so be it.
"As long as we win."
Baum Stadium was silent for a few moments in the eighth inning when Jake Dugger hit a line drive off the head of Georgia relief pitcher Nick DeSilvio.
DeSilvio wobbled before slumping to the ground.
Dugger reached first with an infield hit but still was genuinely concerned.
He was one of the first persons to check on DeSilvio. Shortly afterward, Razorbacks starting pitcher Trey Holloway rushed out of the dugout and tore two ice bags off his arm to apply to DeSilvio's head.
Eventually, DeSilvio was assisted off the mound and received a standing ovation from the crowd of 5,308.
"I think it hit in the side of the head," Dugger said. "It was scary. The glove didn't touch it. I didn't see it that way.
"Yeah, I'm glad I got on base, but you don't ever want to see anyone get hurt. Yeah, you want to beat the team, but you don't ever want to see anything like that happen."
DeSilvio was taken to the hospital for observation but later returned. He suffered a slight concussion, but was able to make the trip back to Athens, Ga., with the team.
Just Missed Me
In the third inning, Razorbacks shortstop Matt Willard reached base when Georgia first baseman Josh Morris couldn't catch him.
Or so it seemed.
Willard slapped a Trevor Holder pitch down the first-base line as Morris charged.
Somehow, Morris missed the tag completely.
Willard, who was 2-for-4, was called safe at first. A replay showed it was the correct call.
Forsythe had led off the inning with a single to right field.
One out later, Wayne Hrozek drove both players home with a two-RBI single to left but was thrown out at second trying to stretch it into a double.
In the second inning Sunday, Dugger led off with a walk.
On a 1-1 pitch, with Razorbacks right fielder Chris Hollensworth at the plate, Dugger took off for second but Georgia called a pitch-out.
Bulldogs catcher Jason Jacobs threw to shortstop Gordon Beckham, who applied the tag for the first out of the inning.
Instead of taking a cut and protecting the runner, Hollensworth stood there looking. He eventually flied to right for the second out.
Walker followed by getting hit by a pitch.
Guess that's why coaches and teammates went over signs with Hollensworth in the dugout after that.
A few Razorbacks were suffering at the plate before Sunday's game and had the numbers to back it up. Starting catcher Brian Walker was 0-for-23. Regular third baseman Blake Parker was 1-for-21 and starting outfielder Jake Dugger was 1-17.
Parker, who didn't start Sunday but made a cameo appearance, was 0-1. Walker was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Dugger went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
"You've just got to hang in there," Dugger said. "It's baseball, that's just kind of the way it works sometimes."
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