Applause Meter Registers High For Hog Catcher

FAYETTEVILLE -- Anytime someone gets a standing ovation, it means a person is truly appreciated.

Honestly, the applause meter couldn't have been louder than it was Saturday when slow-running Arkansas catcher Brian Walker -- he might have a tough time beating "Rosie Rosenblatt," the good-luck turtle from last year in a foot race -- successfully stole second base in the fifth inning.

Why?

Because another record crowd of 10,581 cheered in Baum Stadium as the No. 7 Razorbacks beat LSU 5-0 to even their Southeastern Conference series at one game each.

"I think I got a standing ovation in Hawaii for a triple," Walker said. "That's was definitely pretty comical today. It was just one of those lucky deals, the catcher made a bad throw because I definitely didn't beat the throw.

"I thought it was a hit-and-run but apparently it wasn't ... it worked out for the best."

Arkansas fans also applauded the fact Walker was 3-for-4 at the plate with 2 RBIs, the most important hit, a two-run single in the eighth to seal the deal.

"I thought his hit in the eighth inning put us over the hump," Hogs shortstop Matt Willard said. "He's been kind of hot lately. I knew he would come through us. He hit one in the gap and that kind of broke it open for us."

In addition, Walker threw out one runner and picked off another.

With Arkansas leading only 1-0 in the seventh, Walker picked off Steve Broschofsky at second base.

"The pickoff play, I think, was a huge play," Walker said. "It definitely was a momentum killer. That's something I take from today, that was probably the best thing."



Short End Of The Deal?

Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn didn't see much of Saturday's game from his third-base coaching box or the dugout.

In the first inning, home plate umpire Larry Short ejected him after Van Horn challenged his decision.

Razorbacks right fielder Sean Jones thought, and Van Horn did, too, that Jones had been hit by a pitch.

Short ruled differently. He claimed Jones failed to get out of the way and Jones remained at the plate.

That's when Van Horn raced from his coaching box and began a lengthy conversation which included a few verbal punches. During the disagreement, Van Horn went almost chest-to-chest with Short, knocked his cap sideways -- he eventually took it off -- and continued his protest with some finger pointing.

Somewhere in the process, Short told Van Horn to leave the game.

"I hadn't said anything, in my opinion, to get tossed," Van Horn said. "You know, after I got tossed I did. Before, I didn't think he was going to toss me. I just thought it was a ball call.

"I still think it was a bad call."

"I think when he sees the video, he'll think it was a bad call. I don't want to get thrown out of a conference game. I don't want to get thrown out in the first inning.

"I wasn't planning on getting thrown out, but I guess Larry had heard enough."



Pop Ups:

LSU infielder Chris Jackson will miss next weekend's series with Florida, but he has a good excuse. Jackson will be in minicamp with the Buffalo Bills. He signed as a free agent after last weekend's NFL draft as a punter. He handled place-kicking and punting duties at LSU last football season ... Following Saturday's game, the Arkansas Alumni Association held its annual softball game. Among the participants were former Razorbacks Scott Hode, Brady Toops and Clint Brannon, all members of the 2004 team which went to the College World Series ... After today's game, Arkansas doesn't return to Baum Stadium until May 17 when it plays Ole Miss in the final regular-season series.


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