Schmidt Struggles Against Bulldogs

RUSTON, La. -- Nick Schmidt was not himself Friday.

Yes, the preseason all-American did earn his first win of the season, helping Arkansas to a 4-2 victory against Louisiana Tech at J.C. Love Field. But there's no question the big, tall southpaw didn't have his 'A' game against the Bulldogs.

Giving up a career-high five walks in just three innings, Schmidt struggled with his control right from the start. In fact, both runs he allowed were due to his own wildness, one on a wild pitch and the other on a hit batter with the bases loaded.

"I think with Nick it was a little bit of both (weather and a poor start)," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "Just trying to create too much and just trying to throw too hard.

"He just needs to stay within. The ball jumps out of his hand when he just does what he does in the bullpen, just like their guy (starter Luke Burnett). But they were both throwing hard and it's tough when the temperature is like it is in the mid 30s."

Schmidt was on a pitch count of between 60 to 65 pitches and reached that number after three innings. Since Arkansas used four pitchers, Schmidt was awarded the win by the official scorer.

Hey, We Know You Guys

With Nick Schmidt pitching Friday, more than a handful of major league scouts -- around 75 -- descended upon J. C. Love Field to see what the 2006 Southeaster Conference Pitcher of the Year could do. A pair of those scouts might be familiar names.

Dan Wright, a former Arkansas pitcher from 1997-99, is currently serving in his first year as a scout with the Seattle Mariners organization after a short stint of Major League success with the Chicago White Sox.

Also, former Razorbacks pitching coach Jeff Eddings was in the crowd. Eddings is currently a scout with the Texas Rangers.

New Look Hogs

No doubt Van Horn wasn't totally thrilled with the win Friday. A poor effort by Schmidt, weak at-bats up and down the lineup and just two hits as a team through eight innings left the Arkansas coach warning of some lineup changes as soon as today.

"We're going to find out a lot about our team this week and you're going to see a lot of different people," Van Horn said. "We're going to shake it up a bit and we're going to see who wants to play."

On The Tube

The Razorbacks are wasting no time this year getting some television air time. Today's game against Louisiana Tech might be just the second game of the season, but it will also be the first on TV, as Cox Sports will be showing the 3 p.m. game live.

The game can be seen in the Northwest Arkansas market on Cox channel 119.

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