Van Horn Happy With Results

FAYETTEVILLE — Because of injuries and one bad loss, happiness was College Station, Texas, in a rearview mirror for Arkansas on Sunday.

Other than that, Razorbacks coach Dave Van Horn seemed genuinely pleased Monday with his ballclub's second-place finish in the Domino's Pizza Aggie Baseball Classic over the weekend.

"It's been good to see these younger guys come around," Van Horn said. "It's been good to see because these guys are getting it done."

Arkansas went 2-1 in the tournament, beating Louisiana Tech 9-8 on Friday, losing to Texas A&M 15-7 on Saturday and finishing up with an 8-6 win against Ohio State on Sunday.

In the process, however, three Razorbacks suffered injuries. Third baseman Logan Forsythe, already bothered with a bad foot, pulled a hamstring, outfielder Wayne Hrozek broke his hand and pitcher/outfielder Brett Eibner injured his shoulder.

With the exception of Hrozek, Arkansas wasn't battered enough to be too concerned for the immediate future.

"That was a good tournament," Van Horn said. "Really, every team in that tournament has a chance to be in a (NCAA) regional. A&M should be in a regional. They play 37 home games, they've got enough. Ohio State, I think they are picked second in their league, they're good.

"That is the best Louisiana Tech team I've seen in 10 years, 20 years. I don't remember since coaching I've seen teams that good. I feel fortunate we were able to beat them. They're going to be at the top of their league."

Once again, it was the newcomers which provided most of the damage for the Hogs, who improved their record to 6-1.

For example, junior college transfer Chase Leavitt hit .500 in three starts. Another transfer, Cliff Springston made three appearances out of the bullpen and pitched 8 2/3 innings, allowing just one run.

True freshman first baseman Andy Wilkins, who filled in for Forsythe at third base against Ohio State, hit .455.

Not lost in all the contributions was the effort from senior Aaron Murphree, who hit three home runs in the tournament, including a game-winning, two-run, ninth inning shot on Friday. Junior catcher Ryan Cisterna had two homers over the weekend.

"Every time I looked up, it was a young guy, or somebody that didn't play last year," Van Horn said. "They'd be getting a big hit or hitting a home run like Aaron Murphree. Ryan Cisterna hitting it out of the park, his catching and throwing.

"It's good because these guys are getting it done."


Upcoming games for the Arkansas Razorbacks this week


South Dakota State (DH) 1:05 p.m.


Siena 4:05 p.m.


Siena 1:05 p.m.


Siena 12:05 p.m.

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