Around The HORN: Diamond Hogs Notebook

Another Makeup With Arkansas still one game short on the regular-season schedule, the Razorbacks have decided to add one more nonconference game. Following their weekend series at Mississippi State, the Diamond Hogs will return home to face Western Illinois on Monday at Baum Stadium.

Gametime for the Western Illinois contest is still undecided and won't be determined until Arkansas knows its Southeastern Conference Tournament fate. If the Razorbacks make the tournament, they will play at 4 p.m. on Monday. But if they fail to advance to the tournament, gametime will then be at 6:35 p.m.

"We actually got that game lined out four or five days ago before we played South Carolina," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "The thought was if we're in the (SEC) tournament, we're going to get our 56 games. If we're not in the tournament, we've got a pretty good RPI so let's play a game. Why not play while we're hanging out trying to figure out if we make it or not."

Say Hey

No, it wasn't a misprint in the Mississippi Valley State-Arkansas boxscore. Willie Mays did indeed play at Baum Stadium on Monday afternoon.

Just not that Willie Mays.

A transfer from Kentucky, this Willie Mays is no relation to the Hall of Famer. Instead, William Fredrick Mays is named after his father. A native of Lexington, Ky., the Delta Devils' right fielder is in his second season with Mississippi Valley State.

This Mays did bear some striking resemblance to the legendary one, though, wearing No. 24 and even looking like the famous major leaguer as he trotted around the bases following a fourth-inning home run.

But sorry, no relation here.

Been A Long Time

Arkansas senior Aaron Murphree homered for the 14th time this season on Monday. But it was Murphree's first home run in nearly two months.

After a sizzling start to the year — in which he belted 12 long balls in the first 12 games — Murphree went downtown for the first time since March 15, a span of 31 games.


Arkansas Razorbacks at Mississippi State Bulldogs

WHEN: 6:30 p.m., Thursday WHERE: Dudy Noble Field, Starkville, Miss.

SERIES: Mississippi State leads, 39-26 LAST MEETING: Arkansas won 9-3 on April 8, 2007 in Fayetteville

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 used a seven-run second inning to erase an early two-run deficit in a 12-3 win against Mississippi Valley State on Monday.

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