LSU Spoils Razorbacks Party

FAYETTEVILLE -- The stage was set for a night to remember.

Baum Stadium renovations were finally complete. Luxury suites were opened and ready for business. Outfield chairback seats were freshly installed and just waiting for customers. This was more than your typical Friday at the ballpark. This was supposed to be special. With a school-record crowd of 10,147 jam-packed into Baum, Arkansas was primed for more than just a game. Make no mistake, this was going to be an event. Throw in a Razorbacks win and everything would have been absolutely perfect. Only problem is, LSU paid no attention to that part about an Arkansas win, as the Tigers gave the record-sized crowd a big letdown in a 6-5 Razorbacks loss Friday. "Really, we just got outplayed," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "You look at it, they score five of their runs with two outs, we throw away a wild pitch that allowed them to score that final run and we couldn't get anything going in the early innings. "They really just outplayed us." Actually, a 6-5 loss looked pretty good considering the way No. 7 Arkansas played throughout this game. From their inability to hit LSU starter Ryan Byrd to their failure to get crucial outs, the Razorbacks (35-13, 15-7 in the SEC) never seemed to be the team in control. "It's unfortunate, you know, being at home that we didn't get more breaks to go our way," said Casey Coon, who basically was Arkansas' offense all by himself with three hits and five RBIs. "But they took one away from us today. "It's a tough loss to lose the weekend series opener, but it will definitely motivate us to come back and work harder to win the series." If not for Coon -- who had a two-run double in the second inning and a game-tying three-run double in the seventh -- the record crowd might have left earlier than they did. But even with Coon's attempted heroics, it wasn't meant to be against the Tigers (27-20-1, 10-11-1). After building a big lead against a struggling Nick Schmidt and then blowing a pair of three-run leads, LSU finally put away Arkansas. With a single run in the ninth against reliever Travis Hill -- who gave up two hits around a costly wild pitch in the inning -- the Tigers made sure this record-sized crowd wouldn't go away happy. "Maybe we were just destined to win," LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. "I really felt we played well. We pitched great, we played great defense except for one inning and I really think the kids were determined to win." TODAY'S TICKET LSU at No. 7 Arkansas WHEN: 3:05 p.m., today WHERE: Baum Stadium, Fayetteville RECORDS: LSU 27-20-1, 10-11-1; Arkansas 35-13, 15-7

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