Arkansas Third Baseman Proves His Worth
Snubbed by All-SEC voters, Forsythe made neither first nor second team honors this spring. That hasn't stopped the 6-foot, 195-pound sophomore from silently campaigning for votes for next year. And his approval rating continued to skyrocket among Arkansas voters after what he did Thursday. Forsythe helped Arkansas beat South Carolina 6-0 in Regions Park with both his bat and glove. For starters, Forsythe staked the Razorbacks to a 5-0 lead with a two-out, three-run home run in the third inning. "That was a big at-bat," Arkansas catcher Brian Walker said. "We had a lot of big at-bats today. "His was one of the biggest." In the fifth inning, Forsythe vacuumed up a bunt by Gamecocks shortstop Reese Havens on the dead run for the first out of the inning. Forsythe, forever humble, downplayed his possible game-changing homer which enabled starter Jess Todd to cruise to victory. "I was just trying to get Jess some runs," Forsythe said. "I wanted to give him a little more confidence, even though I didn't think he needed anymore. "I just worked the count to two strikes and just told myself if he puts it in there I'm going to put a good swing on it. When I hit it, I thought it was gone." Forsythe, who hit safely in 26 of 30 regular-season SEC games, went 3-for-3 with four RBIs on Thursday. That jacked his team-leading batting average to .369 to go along with his 8 homers and 50 RBIs. "This year's been good to me, I can't complain," Forsythe said. "Last year, I got thrown in there but it was one of the best things for me. I got to know the league, got to play in the tournament. So, you know, over the summer, I knew what I had to do to be a real competitor in this league. "This summer, I got my swing together. When I came back, it was more of an attitude. I had to prove to my teammates. I want to play for the seniors, play for the guys that probably aren't going to come back next year like pitchers (Nick) Schmidt and (Jess) Todd. "I know I wanted to be the rest in my position." Arkansas fans probably will argue, he already is.
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