Robison Fills In Just Fine For Razorbacks

FAYETTEVILLE -- With two great catches and one mighty swing of the bat, Stephen Robison showed exactly why Arkansas could be so tough on the baseball diamond this year.

Primarily used as a defensive replacement and base running specialist at that -- the senior from Tulsa, Okla., made the most of his late-inning appearance Tuesday.

Robison snagged two tough catches in center field before belting a two-run blast well over the left-center field wall to cap the No. 9 Razorbacks' 10-2 win against Oral Roberts in front of a crowd of 4,872 in Baum Stadium.

"That felt good," said Robison, of his eighth-inning homer which was just the fifth of his career. "It's been awhile since I made solid contact. It's an 0-2 pitch and I'm just trying to make contact and it slid in there perfect for me."

Like the pitch to Robison, the senior slid perfectly into the Arkansas lineup Tuesday. Filling in for Jacob Julius in the seventh inning after Julius began to cramp up, Robison instantly made his presence felt when he chased down a Pat Warfle deep fly ball near the center field warning track.

Two batters later, Robison did it again, this time running down a soaring fly off the bat of Golden Eagles (7-9) catcher Brian Van Kirk.

All the while, Robison showed just why the Diamond Hogs (14-5) can be considered such a tough team to beat in 2007.

"We've got so much depth," Robison said. "There's a lot of good players on this team that don't get a chance to play that much when some of the starters get it going.

"So whenever we can get in there and do our job, it's great."

Robison wasn't the only one who made his opportunity count, though. Despite two fielding errors at second base, Ben Tschepikow proved to be a perfect fill-in for Jake Dugger in the leadoff spot Tuesday. With Dugger battling a sinus infection, Tschepikow finished 3-for-4 at the plate with a career-high four RBIs, including his first home run of the season.

"I wasn't happy with the way I was playing," Tschepikow said. "I mean, I was killing us out there with my defense but at least I was able to make up for a couple of runs with the bat."

Duke Welker -- who could be moved back to the regular weekend rotation if Shaun Seibert's injury proves to be serious -- also made up for a couple of bad starts on the pitching mound by throwing six innings of three-hit ball to cap a perfect start to Arkansas' midweek schedule.

"He kicked it into gear, threw the ball downhill and threw a bunch of strikes," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "I was really proud to see him pitch like that, especially since we probably won't have Seibert this weekend and we might not have him for a month, who knows.

"So it's nice to have a guy step up and do a nice job."

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