While the Razorbacks were pleased with their 10-2 win against Kentucky to kick off SEC action, no coach or player could be happy with the news regarding teammate and pitcher Shaun Seibert.
Injured during his last start on the mound on March 10 against Kansas, Seibert and the Razorbacks got the worst-case news when they learned Friday that the junior's 2007 season is over before it hardly began.
With a ligament tear discovered in his right throwing elbow, Seibert will need season-ending Tommy John surgery, coach Dave Van Horn said. The surgery is a procedure which sometimes takes pitchers up to a year of recovery time.
With Seibert out of the picture, Arkansas' rotation now looks like this: Nick Schmidt, Jess Todd and Duke Welker, although Van Horn didn't leave out others — such as Dallas Keuchel as options.
Keuchel was strong out of the bullpen Friday, allowing no runs in four innings.
"We need him," Van Horn said. "Especially now with Shaun out for the year."
Cold Weather Blues
Nick Schmidt was definitely not on top of his game Friday, and the weather might have had something to do with it. While the junior southpaw for Arkansas has been solid in the majority of his outings, Schmidt's two below average starts this season have both come in cold weather.
In the season opener at Louisiana Tech — with temperatures in the mid-30s — Schmidt lasted just three innings while walking a career-high five batters. And Friday, Schmidt was again possibly affected by the cold temperatures, lasting just five-plus innings before giving way to Dallas Keuchel.
"He just never got warmed up," Van Horn said. "It would take him four or five pitches between innings to get anything going and he just never got warmed up."
Benny and the Bats
Lately, Ben Tschepikow has been on a tear. Especially in the last two games. Against Oral Roberts on Tuesday, the junior from Fayetteville put up a career-high four RBIs. And against Kentucky on Friday, Tschepikow pulled off the same trick despite coming off the bench.
In two at-bats Friday, Tschepikow was 2-for-2 with four RBIs, making him 5-for-6 with eight RBIs in the last two games alone.
Here Come The Yankees
Fans at Cliff Hagan Stadium got a rare treat when the Yankees made an appearance during the pregame ceremonies.
Don't get too excited, though. This wasn't the New York Yankees, but instead the Lexington Southeastern T-Ball Yankees.
Seibert Out For The Season
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