Arkansas Fans Mourn Another Series Loss

FAYETTEVILLE — With the exception of headlights being turned off on vehicles, the long line of traffic slowly streaming out of the parking lots Sunday at Baum Stadium looked like a funeral procession.

And Arkansas baseball fans definitely were mourning yet another series loss to LSU, which leads the overall series 43-20.

"It's always disappointing when you lose a home series," Arkansas designated hitter Jeff Nutt said. "I mean, you've got the big crowd. We think we're pretty much unstoppable at home with the crowd.

"Offensively, we just weren't here this weekend."

Despite losing a heartbreaking 5-3 decision to the Tigers, the No. 7 Razorbacks still lead the Southeastern Conference Western Division with a 16-8 worksheet.

But ...

Once high hopes have slipped a tad in the second half of the SEC season. Arkansas (36-14 overall) is only 5-4 after making the turn at 11-5 at the midway point.

The Hogs, too, are only 4-5 against SEC West teams this season.

So, where does Arkansas go from here?

"The only thing we can do is work really hard this week in practice, do the little things right," Nutt said. "I mean, it's the biggest series of the year, next weekend at Alabama. If we go in there and sweep, like we know we can, then we are right back on track.

"We've just got to turn this thing around. The only way you do that is get better in practice."

Razorbacks senior first baseman Danny Hamblin agreed.

"Oh man, it was a tough loss today but that's the way the SEC is," Hamblin said. "That's why, you know, everybody chose to come into this league. You get the best from everybody. We got LSU's best, we're going to get Alabama's best.

"We're just got to bounce back.

"We're still having a great season and we just, somehow, have to get over this and have a great week of practice and go into Alabama with a lot of confidence and take care of business."

Any extra pressure on the seniors?

"Extra pressure?," Hamblin said. "For me, it's not so much as being a senior, just as a teammate. I think everybody feels pressure for the next guy coming up.

"You want to do your best for everyone."

Hamblin opened the home ninth with a solo homer and two outs later pinch-hitter Jacob Julius looked as though he might tie the score with a monster shot to deep right-center field.

Julius clubbed a towering shot only to have it land in the glove of LSU center fielder Jared Mitchell to end the game.

"I knew it was gone," Hamblin. "I mean, I knew it was gone. That's the way the weekend's gone, but it shouldn't have come down to the last pitch in the last inning. We should have scored early. We scored in the first, then we score here and there.

"We really didn't have and offense this weekend. That was the biggest letdown this weekend.

"No offense."

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