Around the HORN: Diamond Hogs Notebook

Handling Cole Arkansas' pitching staff turned in another strong effort against one of the SEC's most dangerous hitters during its three-game series with Florida.

Gators sophomore Cole Figueroa, who was batting .365 before the series, went 1-for-11 with zero RBIs in three games. He was hitless in his first eight at-bats before doubling in the fourth inning Sunday.

Figueroa had a chance to make an impact with two runners on base in the seventh inning. The Razorbacks, who led 9-4, decided to replace starter Justin Wells with left-handed reliever Stephen Richards. Richards struck out Figueroa to end the inning.

"(Wells) was tired," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "The wind blowing out. The kid is due. (Pitching) coach (Dave Jorn) said, ‘I'm getting the lefty.' I said, ‘Good move,' and he went out and got him."

Lineup Shuffle

Van Horn followed through with his promise to shuffle the lineup for Sunday's game, pulling seniors Sean Jones and Aaron Murphree.

Jones pinch hit in the seventh inning and laid down a sacrifice bunt, but finished 0-for-8 in the series.

Murphree, who is hitting .167 in SEC play, was 1-for-7 in two games against Florida. In their place, left fielder Jacob House and shortstop Scott Lyons earned their first work of the series. The two batted sixth and ninth, respectively, Sunday.

My Bad

Arkansas had a chance to score another run Sunday, but Van Horn — who is also the team's third base coach — admitted he made a mistake.

Designated hitter Jeff Nutt hit a two-out, bases-loaded single in the sixth inning that scored Chase Leavitt and Ben Tschepikow to give the Razorbacks a 7-2 lead. The cutoff throw from the outfield was bobbled by a Florida infielder, prompting Van Horn to wave third baseman Logan Forsythe home.

The play wasn't even close at the plate and Forsythe's out ended the inning.

"I apologized to the team for that," Van Horn said. "I'm aggressive. Things were going good. We had a five-run lead at the time. That's part of it."

On Deck

Arkansas will try to grab an important, mid-week win when it plays Oral Roberts, which beat the Razorbacks 9-4 on April 8, at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Arkansas also added another game mid-week game to its schedule and plays Alcorn State at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday.

The Razorbacks return to SEC play Friday night when they open a three-game series against Tennessee (22-13, 9-6 in SEC) in Baum Stadium. The Vols are coming off a series win against Alabama.


Arkansas Razorbacks at Oral Roberts

WHEN: 7 p.m., Tuesday

WHERE: J.L. Johnson Stadium, Tulsa, Okla.

SERIES: Arkansas leads 60-34-1

LAST MEETING: Oral Roberts won 9-4 on April 8

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 claimed its first Southeastern Conference series win of the season by beating the Gators 10-4 at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville, Fla., on Sunday.

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