Nevada Transfer Provides Spark

RUSTON, La. -- Almost nothing went right for Arkansas against Louisiana Tech on the baseball diamond Saturday.

Nothing, except for Casey Coon.

Playing in his first game as a Razorback, Coon made quite a first impression at the plate. While the other Arkansas hitters were struggling most of the day, Coon was having a big day, going 3-for-3 at the plate, with a double, a walk and two runs batted in.

Coon got the start at second base in place of Ben Tschepikow on Saturday, as coach Dave Van Horn delivered on a promise there would be several new faces on the field in Arkansas' second game of the season. But while many of those new faces struggled, Coon did not.

"It felt good, but you know what," Coon said. "If you don't have your team behind you, it's unfortunate."

A junior transfer from the Community College of Southern Nevada, Coon is expected to compete with Tschepikow for playing time at second base this season.

On Saturday, the 5-foot-11, 196-pounder showed off one healthy bat, drilling a two-run double down the left-field line, which pulled the Razorbacks to within 3-2 in the top of the sixth inning.

"Casey had a good day," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "He's a gamer.

"He hit the ball on the nose all day and hit the big double that got us close. You know, he proved that he's worthy of getting in that lineup every day and he's one of those guys that will be in the lineup (today)."


One set of brothers playing on a college baseball team? Sure. Two sets? Why not? But how about three?

That's the case at Louisiana Tech, where brothers Albie and Ollie Goulder, Drew and Patrick Thomas and Dennis and Kevin Winn all play for the Bulldogs.

Saturday saw both Winn brothers crack the starting lineup, while Albie Goulder also got the start at first base.

Record Sure To Fall

Even if today's crowd at J.C. Love Field drops in size -- which isn't that likely -- this weekend's Arkansas-Louisiana Tech series is well on its way to setting a record for attendance in a three-game baseball series at J.C. Love Field.

Already, the series has produced the second and fourth-highest attended games in school history. The only games to draw bigger crowds involved Louisiana Tech and LSU, but neither of those games were in the same weekend series.

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