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Although the attendance figures weren't mind boggling, they were pretty impressive for this early in the season, and in not ideal conditions. Razorbacks fans were loud, under control and eager to cheer and offer more than golf claps during a doubleheader sweep. Actual attendance for the first game was 3,681. In the nightcap, the crowd was counted at 4,794. In both cases, it looked like and sounded like a lot more. Don't think the first-year players didn't notice, either. Redshirt freshman Brad Secrist, heard the most applause, simply because he went 5-for-7 in his first college start in the second game. "I don't know what the exact turnout was, but it was good for a cold day," Secrist said. "I was here last year so I didn't expect anything less. "The fans were great, but I knew they would be. It's different when you're out there playing. They are rooting for you to do good." Razorbacks infielder Casey Coon was equally excited about the turnout on Sunday. "We have had an awesome crowd," Coon said. "I've never been a part of something like this. They really take it serious here." Coon, a junior college transfer from City College of Southern Nevada, said he got a glimpse of what to expect last year. "Yeah, I came to the last home series when I was being recruited," Coon said. "It was against Auburn when (Arkansas) swept them. There was twice as many people here and they had the fireworks show. "It's pretty exciting. That's part of the reasons I came here." Sean Jones, who played last year at Navarro (Texas) College, said he finally felt comfortable playing in front of a friendly crowd. "The crowd was great," Jones said. "It felt pretty good to be a part of a crowd that actually likes you. We went down to Louisiana Tech. The fans down there were rooting against you and ragging on you. "The crowd today was amazing. Four thousands people doesn't look like much, but it felt good to have that many people behind you. "It felt great to finally play at home." A Ton Of Runs In the middle innings of the second game, everyone started scrambling for record books. While Arkansas was beating Wisconsin 28-2 in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader, most figured it had to figure in the program's history somehow. It did. Those 28 runs were the fourth most in school history. It, too, represented the most runs scored since Razorbacks coach Dave Van Horn arrived in 2003. A 22-2 win against Louisiana Tech on Feb. 14, 2004, also in Baum Stadium, was the previous high-water mark under Van Horn. "It's pretty awesome," Razorbacks infielder Dylan Duren said. "We put a lot of runs up. I didn't realize it was the fourth best in school history. I didn't know, but I don't doubt it. "That's a lot of runs." Sunday's total was the highest number of runs since a 26-5 win against Iowa on Feb. 14, 1997 in Arlington, Texas. The school record came on March 21, 1984 when the Razorbacks beat Southwest Baptist 33-4 in Fayetteville. The most Southeastern Conference runs scored came in a 30-7 win against South Carolina on March 30, 1997 in Columbia, S.C. Coming Attractions After today's final game against Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Razorbacks get a little time off. Arkansas welcomes Illinois State to Baum Stadium for a three-game series, starting at 3:05 p.m. Friday. It's next homestand isn't until March 9 when it meets Kansas in a three-game series. Around The Horn Coon became the first Razorbacks player this season to collect four hits in a game when he went 4-for-4 in the first game. Secrist, with his five hits in the nightcap, became the first player to collect five hits in a game since Clint Arnold had five on May 22, 2005 against Ole Miss ... Arkansas used three catchers in Sunday's double header. Brian Walker started and finished the first game, an 8-3 Arkansas win. Jeff Nutt and Logan Forsythe shared catching duties in the second game ... ... Arkansas has had 23 players hit by pitches in the first eight games.
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