Diamond Hogs Waste Opportunity Against Northe

FAYETTEVILLE -- To put it mildly, Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn was not happy with his college baseball team Wednesday night.

Steam wasn't bellowing out of his ears, but one could tell Van Horn was near boiling mad after No. 12 Arkansas lost 4-2 against Northern Colorado in front of 4,262 in Baum Stadium on Wednesday night.

Arkansas (28-11) wasted a golden opportunity to make a game of it in the ninth inning, but came up with nary a run despite loading the bases with one out.

But Razorbacks first baseman Danny Hamblin and designated hitter Wayne Hrozek both struck out swinging to end the threat.

"I mean when your three-four hitters strike out with situations like that ... that was a little difficult to stomach," Van Horn said. "We had our chance, one big hit, tie game, ball in the game we win it.

"It just didn't happen tonight.

Arkansas third baseman Blake Parker led off the ninth by striking out. Matt Willard followed with a walk and Craig Gentry reached when he was hit by a pitch. Jake Dugger then walked to load the bases.

Northern Colorado (14-22) rallied for three seventh-inning runs to decide the issue, making the most of two RBI doubles and an RBI single.

Its other run came in the second inning when Bears designated hitter Zach Harris clubbed a home run to left off Arkansas starter James Gilbert.

Arkansas had taken a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning on a two-run double by catcher Brian Walker.

Most of the night, Arkansas struggled mightily at the plate, striking out 12 times. Hamblin struck out a career-high four times by himself.

"Yeah, I know," Van Horn said. "You look right in the middle of the order and you'll find where most of them are. You aren't going to win too many games when the guys in the heart of your order is swinging and missing like that.

"It's been a problem this year. It's been a problem for three years for a couple guys.

"You've got to put the bat on the ball."

Arkansas threatened to score in both the first and third innings but could muster no offense.

"We're going to have to play a lot better offensively," Van Horn said. "We've got to get the job done."

Arkansas, which beat Northern Colorado 2-1 on Tuesday night, now returns to Southeastern Conference play beginning Friday at No. 17 Mississippi State.

"There's nothing we can do about the last couple of nights," Walker said. "We're still a good team. We can either pout about it or come back and do a better job.

"There's no doubt we are struggling at the plate. Everybody is, not just certain people.

"It's all our fault."

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