Todd Struggles In Second Start

LEXINGTON, KY. -- For the second game in a row, an Arkansas starting pitcher was not at his sharpest level. But unlike Friday when Nick Schmidt's struggles were attributed to cold weather, Jess Todd's troubles came from another source.

Sure, the weather was cold, windy and basically downright miserable for the second day in a row in Cliff Hagan Stadium. But Todd -- who gave up six runs, four earned, and eight hits in just three innings of work -- felt the ill effects of a tight strike zone more than anything else.

"I think (Jess) got squeezed pretty good and we didn't adjust," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "He was putting his slider to one part of the zone and they were calling it to the other part.

"It's a totally different zone and we've just got to adjust out there."

Todd (1-2) took the loss for the Hogs in their 7-5 defeat Saturday. After looking fairly sharp in his first start of the season last week against Kansas before growing tired in the fifth inning, his struggles started right away Saturday.

In nine appearances and two starts this season, Todd has now seen his earned run average balloon up to 4.95 after going through his first five appearances without giving up a single earned run.



Bullpen Does Their Part

For the second day in a row, Arkansas got a good effort out of the bullpen. Friday, freshman Dallas Keuchel pitched four shutout innings to earn the save in the Razorbacks' 10-2 win against Kentucky. And Saturday, it was Brian McLelland and Travis Hill doing the good deed. In a combined five innings, McLelland and Hill allowed just one earned run on three hits, with Hill giving up no hits in his two innings of relief.



Important Win

Sometimes getting that first conference win is always the toughest. Arkansas got its first league win out of the way in a hurry by taking the first game of the series Friday. On Saturday, it was Kentucky's turn.

"It was big to get that first SEC win," Kentucky coach John Cohen said. "The longer you go without getting that first win, it can be tough."



Dugger Leaves Early

Arkansas senior center fielder Jake Dugger has been battling sinus headaches for a little more than a week. Saturday, the illness apparently popped back up again.

After playing the first five innings Saturday, Dugger was replaced in center by Stephen Robison.




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