Hogs Outfielder Downplays His Performance

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas left fielder Wayne Hrozek couldn't give a flip about his statistics and really didn't want to talk about his individual accomplishments Saturday.

"It doesn't matter," Hzorek said. "We lost."

After the No. 5 Razorbacks walked off the field with a 12-10 defeat against Illinois State in Baum Stadium, one could tell Hzorek was none too happy with the final outcome.

Still, he politely answered questions with brutal honesty.

Despite rallying from a 5-1 deficit in the fifth inning to take a 9-5 lead, Hzorek didn't put too much stock into the fact he doubled and hit a three-run home run in that inning to produce that lead.

"I don't know, I mean we did pretty good," said Hzorek, who went 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs. "We should have put up more runs than we did. I know we had that one big inning, but ...

"It feels good but it doesn't matter. It's a team game. We didn't win. We just didn't play good today.

"I don't know what to say.

"We need to capitalize more. We've got to score a lot more runs than that in the Southeastern Conference."

Once Arkansas finally got the lead, its bullpen couldn't help keep it.

"It's just one of those days," Hzorek said. "There's nothing you can say about that. Sometimes the pitchers don't pitch. Sometimes the hitters don't hit.

"It works both ways."



Learning Curve

Logan Forsythe got his first start at catcher Saturday, filling in for Brian Walker, who, last week, caught the flu bug and was being rested.

"The last time I caught was back in 12- 13-year-old ball," Forsythe said. "The coaches ... it's mainly for emergency, just in case one of the guys goes down.

"Deal is, I've been catching some bullpen, this and that. Experience is what I'm trying to gain.

"I don't mind catching at all. If they need me back there, I'll play there.

"It's what's best for the team."



Slumping Hamblin

Razorbacks first baseman Danny Hamblin continued to struggle at the plate Saturday.

Hamblin, who hit .289 with 17 home runs and 68 RBIs last year, was 0-for-5 on Saturday and is 1-for-8 with 1 RBI in the series.

Hamblin, a career .311 hitter, returned for his senior season after being a ninth-round pick by the Oakland A's last June.

The 6-foot-1, 210 pounder, hit .304 as a freshman and .341 as a sophomore.

He's now hitting .135 with 1 homer and 8 RBI.



Pop Ups:

Because of threatening weather, the start of Saturday's game was delayed for an hour ... Arkansas had its five-game winning streak snapped on Saturday ... Forsythe homered in the first inning. It was his first since April 4, 2006 when he hit one against Missouri State, also in Baum Stadium ... Razorbacks second baseman Matt Willard made the play of the day. In the third inning, Willard, driving to his left, robbed Illinois State center fielder Dan Weston of a sure base hit. After bobbling it momentarily, Willard recovered and threw Weston out at first.

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