Hogs Right Fielder Has Big Day

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas junior Sean Jones made more than a cameo appearance Sunday, he had a starring role.

Jones, a 6-foot, 189-pound junior college transfer, continued his audition for the starting right fielder's job with his best day as a Razorbacks player during his team's 9-3 win against Mississippi State in Baum Stadium. Jones went 3-for-4, including a double, scored two runs and had an RBI. In the process, he raised his batting average from .324 to .347. "It was a good day for me, but I just came out here to do my part," Jones said. "I just wanted to help the team win the game today, so I just went out there and played. "Luckily enough, yeah, as an individual, I got three hits and walked. It was just all in the puzzle to win the game today." Jones proved once again Arkansas is deep in talent and a lot of players can contribute. "It's really equal," Jones said. "Everybody has been fighting for a spot. (Jacob) Julius and I have been switching off in the right field and stuff. Today it was my call. "He does a great job when he's in. I do my job when I get in, just to fit the puzzle and do what I need to do to help win the game." Razorbacks designated hitter Jeff Nutt wasn't surprised to see Jones have such a breakout game Sunday. He and Jones were teammates at Navarro (Texas) College last year. "Jones had a great day," Nutt said. "Really got up there, every at-bat he was really battling, doing his part. Him having three hits like that. "That's just Sean Jones, he's capable of that any day of the week. He's a great hitter. I've seen him do that last year and this year, too. I doesn't surprise me. When it's a big game, and today was a big game for us. "I knew he would come out swinging." Typical Dugger Defense Making spectacular plays has become as routine as a morning cup of coffee for Razorbacks center fielder Jake Dugger. On Sunday, Dugger added another classic catch to his resume when, in the fifth inning, he robbed Mississippi State first baseman Mitch Moreland of a sure double, and maybe more. With two outs, Moreland sent a Nick Schmidt pitch deep into right center field, but Dugger, on a dead run, made a diving catch as he stretched his body to the fullest limit to make the catch to end the inning. Last year, on the road at Ole Miss, one of Dugger's catches showed up on ESPN's "Top Plays" segment. It was voted No. 3 among the Top 10 plays that day. Pop Ups: Mississippi State redshirt freshman first baseman/catcher Ryan Duffy does several forward flips at the end of every pregame meeting. ... Razorbacks third baseman Logan Forsythe went 1-for-5 with an RBI single to extend his hitting streak to eight games and 28 of his last 30 games. ... Both teams left eight runners on base in Sunday's game.

Hawgs Daily Top Stories