Record Crowd Leaves Disappointed

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas catcher Brian Walker had a bitter-sweet reaction to school-record 10,147 fans showing up in Baum Stadium on Friday night.

Moments after the No. 7 Razorbacks dropped a 6-5 decision against LSU, Walker found the loss hard to swallow. "It's frustrating to have all these people show up us play so pathetically, it just frustrating," Walker said. "We didn't field the ball well, we had four hits. "I mean give them some credit, but we didn't show up. We didn't deserve to win." The old record was 10,027 set on June 12, 2004 against Florida State in the 2004 Fayeteville Super Regional. The previous regular-season record was 9,511 against Ole Miss on May 20,2005. Razorbacks middle infielder Ben Tschepikow attended that record-setting game against Florida State. He was a senior at Fayetteville High at the time. "Doesn't get much better than that," Tschepikow said. "It doesn't get much better than that. "There's a lot Arkansas baseball fans out there. Hopefully we can come out tomorrow (today) and win for them." Walker still wanted one Friday night. "It's just great that all those fans showed up," Walker said. "We appreciate it. They're always here. Tonight, it was electric for awhile. "It's pathetic we couldn't give them something better than what we showed." LSU coach Paul Maineri didn't seem surprised so many found their way into Baum. He knew Arkansas had the reputation of drawing big numbers. Still, Maineri was almost overwhelmed. "Oh, it's an awesome atmosphere, awesome with capital A," Maineri said. "This is why I wanted to join the SEC. I wanted to go somewhere where people cared about college baseball. "I already knew what it was like at Starkville (Mississippi State) because I took my Notre Dame team there ... Baton Rogue is awesome ... This is amazing, first it's a beautiful ballpark. Then they have a very intelligent crowd with a very good baseball I.Q." Another Milestone Arkansas first baseman Danny Hamblin set the school record for at-bats in the fourth inning Friday night. In his second at-bat, Hamblin passed Kendrick Moore with his 881st at-bat. Kendrick played for the Razorbacks from 1992-96. Hamblin had four at-bats Friday night. In the second inning, he lined out to third base. In the fourth, Hamblin flied to left and did the same in the sixth. Finally, in the eighth inning, Hamblin flied to deep center field. Pop Ups: Arkansas snapped a streak of 25 scoreless innings against LSU in Baum Stadium in third inning. That's when the Hogs scored two runs to cut the LSU lead to 3-2 ... Diamond Doll Jodie Pufall received a marriage proposal from Brad Reagan -- he also threw out the ceremonial first pitch -- prior to the game Friday. She accepted. She is the daughter of Jerry Pufall, the associate athletic director for facilities.

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