Hogs Give, Don't Take In Loss To Wildcats

LEXINGTON, KY. -- Arkansas put together the perfect mixture for a bad loss Saturday in Cliff Hagan Stadium.

While failing to convert on nearly every chance that came their way, the No. 9 Razorbacks also managed to give away plenty of extra opportunities, resulting in a 7-5 loss to No. 24 Kentucky in front of a crowd of 1,938.

"It was an ugly game from the beginning," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "The (strike) zone was extremely tight for both teams, we made five errors on the scoreboard and there was another ball in center field we misjudged and a ground ball in the second inning that was another error.

"We just played bad and I'm really just disappointed. On a cold and windy day and a day that looked like it was going to get out of control early, then we just couldn't drive anybody in and couldn't get a big hit."

While the Razorbacks (15-6, 1-1 in the SEC) were in a gracious mood with their gloves -- committing five errors in the field leading to two unearned Kentucky runs -- the performance at the plate was perhaps the biggest reason for the loss. Despite being handed 13 walks by Wildcats pitchers Saturday, Arkansas could never seem to come up with timely hits.

The result was a statistic the Diamond Hogs would soon like to forget, as Arkansas left a season-high 16 men stranded.

"Anytime you have 13 walks, I don't know many teams in the country that can have that many walks and still get a win," Kentucky coach John Cohen said. "So we felt like we threw the right pitches at the right time."

As for the Razorbacks, they surely felt like this one was a game they easily gave away.

"I'm not going to look at it from offense," said Matt Willard, who committed one of the five Arkansas errors while playing second base. "We've got to play better defense if we want to win in the SEC."


Arkansas at Kentucky

WHEN: Noon

WHERE: Cliff Hagan Stadium, Lexington, Ky.

RECORDS: Arkansas 15-6, 1-1; Kentucky 20-1, 1-1

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