Arkansas Completes Sweep Of Siena

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas was able to spring forward without falling backward on the first day of daylight-saving time Sunday.

Still, the Razorbacks, at times, looked as though the loss of an hour's rest caused them to sleepwalk past Siena 10-4 in front of 3,511 sun-splashed citizens in Baum Stadium.

"We got after them a little early," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "I was disappointed with the second inning. We had a chance to put them away, swung at some bad pitches, 3-2 count, ball about eye high, then strike out. Things just didn't go real good. Maybe that was the first inning."

Arkansas (11-1) completed the sweep and extended its winning streak to six straight games. And Siena (1-9) didn't put up much resistance the entire weekend.

Arkansas used a pair of three-run home runs by Aaron Murphree in the first and Casey Coon in the fourth to starting putting this one out of reach for good.

"Maybe just some guys were a little out of control, trying to do too much," Van Horn said. "You know, we'd really stayed in the zone offensively until today. We'd chase a little bit. Think the guys were anxious. Once the game got in hand and we hit that second home run and went up 8-1, it got a little sloppy."

Shortstop Scott Lyons led Arkansas' eight-hit attack by going 2-for-3 while catcher Ryan Cisterna was 1-for-1 with 3 RBIs.

Meanwhile junior right-hander Shaun Seibert picked up his first win of the season. He pitched four complete innings, allowed 2 hits, 1 earned run and struck out 5.

"The good thing was he had some good velocity today," Van Horn said "He had some good innings. Hopefully, he'll be better next time out and he'll get better and better."

Overall, Van Horn was pleased with the weekend.

"I guess these guys are human and they started looking down the road a little bit, but I'm glad overall we played pretty good over the weekend," Van Horn said. "We played very well, played very defense. We did what we came out here to do, and that is sweep the series."

Murphree crushed the first pitch of the day he saw and deposited it over the left-center field fence. It was his 10th homer in the last six games.

Siena handcuffed Murphree the rest of the day. He popped up three times and flied out once in his next four at-bats.

"I think Aaron's swing got a little long," Van Horn said. "He was trying to please everybody. He needs to stay within, take ball four every now and then and just hit line drives."

Arkansas got its second sweep of the season — it swept Wright State during the opening weekend — and prepped itself for a showdown with No. 4 Arizona State on Tuesday.

"Oh man, it's going to be exciting," Murphree said. "We got three big wins this weekend and hopefully that will carry over.

"It'll be good to play good competition like that to see where we stand."



THE INSIDE PITCH

Arkansas Razorbacks at Arizona State Sun Devils

WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Tuesday WHERE: Packard Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.

SERIES: 1-1 LAST MEETING: Arizona State won 8-4 on May 21, 1998 in Wichita, Kan.

TV: none

ON THE AIR: KFAY 1030 AM; KURM 790 AM, 100.3 FM; KHGG 1580 AM, 103.1 FM; KXIO 106.9 FM

LAST TIME OUT: Arkansas extended its winning streak to six games with a 10-4 against Siena to complete its second sweep on the season. Aaron Murphree and Casey Coon each hit three-run home runs to highlight the afternoon.



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Comeback Continues

Sunday, Arkansas junior right-hander Shaun Seibert picked up his first win since having Tommy John surgery on March 22, 2007.

"He was throwing the ball pretty hard," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "That's the hardest he's thrown since the injury. He threw some really good breaking balls, then he was up, up, up. Then he was back and had another good inning.

"It was good to see. We need him a lot. We need his experience."

Seibert had a shaky start in the first inning, yielding an earned run and giving up hits to two of the first three hits. He threw 22 pitches inn the first inning and left the game after four innings. He threw a total of 75 pitches.



Monster Weekend For Murphree

Arkansas senior first baseman Aaron Murphree continued his offensive onslaught over the weekend.

In the three games against Siena, the 6-foot-5, 235 pounder was 5-for-14 at the plate. All five hits were home runs.

On Sunday, Murphree clobbered the first pitch he saw for a three-run homer in the first inning to put Arkansas ahead 3-1.

"I can't explain it," Murphree said. "I'm just seeing the ball good, man. Getting good pitches to hit, staying back.

"Just seeing the ball, man."

Get this, in the last six games, Murphree has his hit 10 home runs.

But there's more ...

In those last six games, Murphree is hitting .542 (13-for-24), scored 16 runs, had 19 RBIs, 43 total bases, has .621 on base percentage and eye-popping 1.792 slugging percentage.

Oh, and he's 3-for-3 on stolen base attempts.



This and That....

Arkansas shortstop Scott Lyons, who got his first hit of the season Saturday, led the Razorbacks at the plate by going 2-for-3 on Sunday, including a double ... Arkansas center fielder Brett Eibner made the defensive play of the day Sunday. He made a diving catcher on a liner hit by Siena's Don DiPetta in the second inning ... Speaking of great catches. In the fourth inning, Arkansas catcher Ryan Cisterna and starting pitcher Shaun Seibert almost collided on a popup by DiPetta. At first Cisterna couldn't locate the ball. It bounced out of Seibert's glove, back into Cisterna's for the bizarre second out of the inning ... In the third inning, Razorbacks designated hitter Andrew Darr was hit on his right hand, but played the rest of the game.

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