Hamblin Hammers Wildcats

LEXINGTON, KY. -- The Hammer is back. Danny Hamblin struggled in a big way at the plate to start the Arkansas baseball season. But perhaps the senior first basemen was just waiting for Southeastern Conference play to really kick things into gear.

It sure looked that way Sunday, as Hamblin put up one of his better days as a Razorback, going 2-for-4 with 2 home runs, 4 runs batted in and a career-high 4 runs scored in leading Arkansas to an easy 14-5 win against Kentucky. "I've had a couple of games lately, had a hit here and hit there," Hamblin said. "And with it being conference time and SEC time, I need to step up. "It's my time. I've been in this league for four years and I need to step it up." Hamblin -- who has feasted on Kentucky pitching his entire career to the tune of a .391 average (18 of 46) with 3 homers, 12 RBIs and 15 runs scored -- believes he'll be more at home now at the home plate now that Arkansas has re-entered SEC play "You start to get more comfortable in the league," Hamblin said. "I know somewhat what they're going to throw me and how they're going to pitch me and I think that's helped out a little bit." Climbing The Charts With his four more runs batted in Sunday, Danny Hamblin moved into fifth place on Arkansas' all-time RBI list. Hamblin slammed two home runs and had an RBI groundout to give him 18 RBIs on the season and 177 in his Arkansas career. The total is three behind Troy Eklund for fourth place all-time and puts Hamblin 56 RBIs off the school record of 233, held by Ryan Lundquist from 1996-99. Beware of the Water Arkansas second basemen Ben Tschepikow was taken out of Sunday's game because of an apparent illness he suffered in the middle of the action. After taking a drink out of the water faucet in the Cliff Hagen Stadium dugout in between innings, Tschepikow began feeling queasy and in the bottom of the sixth, leaned over at his second base position before being removed from the game. "He just got sick," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "I don't know what it was. He came in and was throwing up in the dugout." Looking Ahead... Arkansas visits Shreveport, La., where it will face Centenary at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Shehee Stadium. The Razorbacks and Gentlemen were originally scheduled to play a two-game series on Tuesday and Wednesday, but Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn elected to cancel the Tuesday game due to the Diamond Hogs being one game over the 56-game schedule limit.

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