Arkansas Enjoys Midweek Success

FAYETTEVILLE -- Midweek games certainly weren't Arkansas' strength last season.

Last year, Arkansas went 2-4 in games played during the week, with losses coming to Missouri State, Northern Colorado and Oral Roberts. But for one reason or another, this season was different for the Hogs -- and it's been a major boost. The No. 7 Razorbacks (33-11) finished their last midweek contest -- and last nonconference game -- of the year Wednesday night with an impressive 10-2 drumming of No. 10 Wichita State in Baum Stadium. "It's a little better than last year," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "We struggled in the middle of the week. It happens every now and again, but (this year) we've done a good job of getting focused in." By beating a good Wichita State (34-11) team on Wednesday, Arkansas finished its midweek schedule with a 7-1 record, something Van Horn said was a goal at the beginning of the season. "Our guys know how important the midweek games are to this team," Van Horn said. "We want to play here for a long time, as long as we can." Focusing On The Shockers Since Arkansas beat Wichita State in the 2004 NCAA Fayetteville Regional two straight games to advance to an NCAA Super Regional, things have always been different between the Shockers and the Hogs. It's always been a little more than nonconference baseball. Even Razorback fans recognized Wednesday just how important Arkansas' game against Wichita State was, as 7,537 showed up -- the largest crowd for a nonconference game this season. "I don't know if it was any different because we come to play every game," Arkansas senior Danny Hamblin said. "(Wichita State) is a top ranked team. They play good ball, they always have a solid club. "It was a great atmosphere and we started off with a bang." Nanney Contributing For WSU Wichita State relief pitcher and Fayetteville native Khol Nanney made another appearance in Baum Stadium on Wednesday. Nanney, a junior for the Shockers, has played against the Razorbacks a few times during his career at Wichita State, but most notably participated in the 2004 NCAA Fayetteville Regional, where the Hogs beat Wichita State twice on June 6 for a berth in an NCAA Super Regional. Before going to school at Wichita State, Nanney was a star pitcher for the Fayetteville Bulldogs. During his senior year, Nanney went 7-2 and was the Purple'Dogs winning pitcher in the 2003 state championship game. This season, Nanney has pitched nine innings, striking out five batters giving up three runs on six hits. He allowed a run on three hits, while striking out one in one inning of work Wednesday. Pop Ups Wichita State committed three errors against Arkansas, tying its season high this year, as the Shockers have committed three errors in three other games this season. ... Hamblin has had a little trouble at the plate recently, going 0-for-9 since last Sunday. Hamblin is also one home run away from making the 50 mark of his Arkansas career. ... In the eighth inning, junior Brandon Barr made his debut with the Razorbacks and got his first at-bat. Barr walked, but was erased a batter later on a double play.

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