Arkansas Outfielder Puts On Clinic

FAYETTEVILLE --Arkansas senior center fielder Jake Dugger put on a defensive clinic against Florida in Baum Stadium of Saturday.

Two of his catches in Saturday's doubleheader were worthy of any highlight reel, but what's new? Dugger has been making running, diving, can't-believe-your-eyes catches in the outfield since he's been at Arkansas. In Saturday's first game, Dugger robbed Gators second baseman Clayton Pisani of extra bases with a running, split-second catch in left-center field with his back against the wall in the fourth inning. In Game 2, Dugger stole another extra-base hit from Florida first baseman Matt LaPorta by snaring a long shot, also at the wall, in the third inning. "I just saw it off the bat and ran after it," said Dugger, who hit a three-run home run in Game 1. "I knew if I was going to catch it, I was going to have to run to the wall. The wind started pushing it to me a little bit. "As soon as I could set my feet, I knew I'd have to time my jump on both of those catches." Welker Masters Mound Razorbacks right-hander Duke Welker finally got some support from his teammates after pitching another productive game. Coming into Saturday's second game, Welker had pitched 21 1/3 innings, but his teammates only had hit .232 in that time. In Game 2, Welker's teammates pounded out 10 hits to help Welker register a 7-1 win. "It was good to get the support I needed," Welker said. "It is a team effort, you know. We all have to do our part. Everything worked out well for us. "I'm just blessed with every opportunity I get." Welker made the most of his opportunity in Game 2, pitching 8 1/3 innings, allowing 5 hits, 1 run and striking out 7. He threw 115 pitches. Throwing 'Em Out Arkansas used two catchers in Saturday's doubleheader and both Brian Walker and Jeff Nutt had good defensive efforts. Walker, in Game 1, threw out LaPorta trying to steal second for the second out of the third inning. In Game 2, Nutt nailed Gators second baseman Avery Barnes, also for the second out in the second inning. Just In Time Matt Carnes got to Baum Stadium just in time for Game 1 on Saturday and was able to watch Nick Schmidt erase his school record for strikeouts. When Schmidt mowed down Austin Pride in the second inning, he overtook Carnes' previous career mark of 301 strikeouts on his second K of the game in the second inning. He finished with seven. "We were eating on Dickson Street and had to get our check in a hurry so we could make it to the game in time," Carnes said. "I knew if we didn't get there early, I might miss the record. "I was glad I got to see the record broken."

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