Forrest Does His Part

FAYETTEVILLE — Lost in the shuffle of Arkansas' 8-7 extra-inning win Friday against Western Illinois was the performance of pitcher T.J. Forrest.

Forrest — a 6-foot-6 right-handed transfer — worked seven strong innings in the win against the Leathernecks, giving up two runs and seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts. It was Forrest's second start of the season after he allowed one run in four innings on the opening weekend against Washington State.

"We try to go out there and get better every time, and I think it was an improvement from last time," Forrest said. "The defense backed me up; we had a couple of errors but we jumped back from them and kept them to two runs (through seven innings)."

A native of Benton, La., Forrest signed with LSU out of high school and pitched in 11 games for the Tigers in 2007. But after one season in Baton Rouge, Forrest transferred to Bossier Parrish Community College before making his way to the Hogs.

"He gave us everything we needed," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "We had a four-run lead with six outs to get and then with four outs to get."



Braving The Cold

Being from northwest Louisiana, Forrest isn't exactly used to the cold weather experienced in Baum Stadium on Friday. But after fighting through the low 40 degree temperatures, Forrest is more concerned about nastier weather that lies ahead.

"Whenever we first came out here it was feeling pretty good, but now it's getting a little chilly," Forrest said after Friday's game. "And (today) I think I'm going to freeze.

"So I've got me some gloves and I'm going to see if I can get an Arkansas hunting jacket up here. Maybe put a logo on it and then I'll be a little warmer."



Trust Me

No Arkansas player had a rougher first week of the season than Brett Eibner. Through the first five games, the sophomore from the Woodlands, Texas, was a dreadful 2-for-18 with 12 strikeouts. But despite the slow start, Van Horn continued to stick with Eibner in the lineup on Friday.

Eibner finally delivered, going 2-for-3 with two walks and the game-ending triple in the 10th.

"I'm just glad they have that trust in me," Eibner said. "That I'm going to break out of it and be able to help the team when they need me to."



Rounding Third

At this rate, Arkansas will smash the school record for extra-inning games. For the third time this season, the Razorbacks went to a 10th inning on Friday before finally winning. If they keep this up, the Diamond Hogs will play 28 extra-inning games this regular season. ... Senior second baseman Ben Tschepikow is the only Arkansas player to appear in the starting lineup at the same position for all six games. ... Tschepikow stole two bases Friday and has three on the season, just three shy of a career high.





ON DECK



WESTERN ILLINOIS AT NO. 21 ARKANSAS

WHEN: 1:05 p.m. today.

WHERE: Baum Stadium, Fayetteville.

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

RECORDS: Western Illinois 0-5; Arkansas 5-1.

PROBABLE PITCHERS: Western Illinois, John Sneegas (0-1, 3.60); Arkansas Drew Smyly (0-0, 0.00).



Arkansas Razorbacks Upcoming Schedule

Date Opponent Site Time

Feb. 28 Western Illinois Fayetteville 1:05 p.m.

March 1 Western Illinois Fayetteville 12:05 p.m.

March 3 Valparaiso Fayetteville 3:05 p.m.

March 4 Valparaiso Fayetteville 3:05 p.m.

March 6 California Fayetteville 6:35 p.m.

March 7 California Fayetteville 2:05 p.m.

March 8 California Fayetteville 1:05 p.m.

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