Coon Gets Bad Break

TROY, Ala. — Arkansas infielder Casey Coon is 6 for 11 (.545) with two homers and two doubles on the season and could have been 7 for 12 except for a tough call by the first base umpire early in the Hogs' victory Friday night.

Coon hit a hard shot that bounced off the pitcher and wound up behind the mound. Coon beat the throw, but was punched out. Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn sprinted across the diamond to argue long and hard to no avail.

"I thought I was safe, too," Coon said. "It all worked out though. I just want to help the team win. I don't care about home runs and I wasn't trying to hit that first one out. I just kinda extended one arm and the wind got it out."

Small Park

No one on either team could take advantage of a gentle, drizzly breeze blowing out and a small park over the first seven innings.

Sean Jones changed that with a one-out homer in the eighth to the shortest part of the park in straightaway right. Coon then followed with a two-run homer to center just seconds later.

Troy's Riddle-Pace Field measures 322 feet down the line in left, but the distances shorten up as they move around to right. The power alley in left is 370. It's 390 to dead center, 350 in the power alley in left and just 308 down the line in right.

There was no doubt on Coon's second homer, another two-run shot, in the ninth.

"He got all of that one," UA coach Dave Van Horn said. "It was to the deep part of the park and it was way out of here."

The Old Schmidt

Starting pitcher Nick Schmidt said he's not in top form, but he felt much better about his six-inning stint on Friday night. He struggled in his first start to open the season at Louisiana Tech.

"My arm isn't in top shape yet," Schmidt said. "But tonight I was just out there pitching and not worrying about anything. I was able to throw all of my pitches (for strikes) and I didn't have any trouble. It was much better.

"We'll all get better, too. So far, I've thrown in very cold weather. We just need some more work to get it all worked out," Van Horn said. "His velocity was down in the opener, but it was up tonight. He was throwing free and easy and I liked what I saw from him tonight."

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