Rhoads' Performance Gives Hogs A Chance

RUSTON, La. — Chris Rhoads is doing just what the doctor ordered. He's also doing exactly what his catcher expected

As a senior relief pitcher for the Arkansas Razorbacks, Rhoads — a 6-foot-1, 156-pound hurler from North Little Rock — is expected to fill a key role in middle relief out of the Arkansas bullpen. Against Louisiana Tech this weekend, Rhoads was asked to do just that twice. And he delivered with near perfection. "He's doing exactly what I said he would do," Razorbacks junior catcher Brian Walker said. "You had (Devin) Collis, who was OK his first year and then great last year. And now you've got Rhoads, he was OK last year and showed flashes and he's been great so far (this year). "That's what we've got to have out of him. He's got to continue to get better." Sunday, Rhoads was handed a delicate situation, given the ball in the fourth inning with the Diamond Hogs trailing, 2-1. For the next 32/3 innings, Arkansas would basically stay in the game because of Rhoads as he pitched no-hit baseball to give his team a chance. "I've been throwing pretty good lately, been working on a lot of stuff," Rhoads said. "I've figured a lot of stuff out about myself the last couple of weeks, and it felt good out there." Record Weekend As expected after big crowds turned out for Friday and Saturday's games, the attendance at Sunday's contest helped set a three-game series record at J.C. Love Field. After drawing the second-largest crowd in school history on Friday (3,154) and the fourth-largest on Saturday (3,076), a total of 2,318 on Sunday helped set a series record, as 8,548 passed through the gates for the Arkansas-Louisiana Tech series. Much of that record crowd was wearing Razorback red, with several fans from southern Arkansas making the short trip to see the games. Dominating Series Even though Louisiana Tech managed to avoid the sweep with a win against the Razorbacks on Saturday, Arkansas is still dominating the all-time series. The Diamond Hogs now lead the head-to-head matchup with the Bulldogs, 19-3. Up Next ... The Diamond Hogs return to action next weekend when they visit Troy (Ala.) University for a three-game series. Arkansas and Troy will hook up at 6 p.m. Friday before playing a pair of 1 p.m. games on both Saturday and Sunday.

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