Inside Pitch

Big Ben Nobody has ever confused Ben Tschepikow with being a power hitter on the baseball diamond. Maybe now they will.

In his first four seasons at Arkansas, Tschepikow hit four home runs — one each season — in 138 games. But now, in his senior campaign, the ball is flying off of Tschepikow's bat at a much higher rate.

Through 12 games in 2009, Tschepikow has already surpassed his previous career total, smashing his fifth home run of the season Friday — to make the score 4-0 at the time — in the win against Florida.

"I'm kind of getting lucky right now and running into them a little bit," Tschepikow said. "I'm just trying to make good contact, hit the ball hard and it's been a lot of fun right now. But it's a long season and I'm just trying make contact and get on base, that's all I'm trying to do."

While the power surge might surprise some, Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn expected more pop from his veteran second basemen this season.

"I made the comment at the beginning of the season that he'll hit double-digit (home runs)," Van Horn said. "I mean he's got some pop. He's stronger, he's smarter, he's been through the league and it's just the maturity process with him.

"He's been there and done that and that was a big hit. From 1-0 to 4-0 on one pitch, that was huge."



Carver Steps In

Redshirt freshman Tim Carver made just his fourth appearance of the season and only his second start, playing third base Friday. After the game, Carver drew rave reviews for his defense and ability to work runners around the bases while at the plate.

"He made some nice plays, knocked a ball down and didn't panic and came in and fielded a bunt," Van Horn said. "He just did a nice job."



Friday Night Facts

Keuchel recorded a season-high nine strikeouts Friday, one off a career high set last season against South Carolina... Friday's 11 runs were the most scored by Arkansas in an SEC opener since Mar. 6, 1998 at home against South Carolina... The Razorbacks recorded a season-high 14 hits and belted a season-best three home runs in the series opener.





TODAY'S TICKET



FLORIDA AT NO. 18 ARKANSAS

WHEN: 2:05 p.m.

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: Florida 9-5, 0-1; Arkansas 10-3, 1-0

SERIES RECORD: Gators lead, 19-17

TODAY'S PROBABLE PITCHERS: Florida, Alex Panteliodis (2-1, 4.32 ERA); Arkansas, Mike Bolsinger (1-0, 4.76 ERA)



Arkansas Razorbacks Upcoming Schedule

Date Opponent Site Time

Mar. 14 Florida Fayetteville, Ark. 2:05 p.m.

Mar. 15 Florida Fayetteville, Ark. 1:05 p.m.

Mar. 17 Nebraska Fayetteville, Ark. 6:35 p.m.

Mar. 18 Nebraska Fayetteville, Ark. 3:05 p.m.

Mar. 20 Auburn Auburn, Ala. 6 p.m.

Mar. 21 Auburn Auburn, Ala. 3 p.m.

Mar. 22 Auburn Auburn, Ala. 1 p.m.

Mar. 24 Missouri State Fayetteville, Ark. 6:35 p.m.

Mar. 27 Mississippi State Fayetteville, Ark. 6:35 p.m.

Mar. 28 Mississippi State Fayetteville, Ark. 2:05 p.m.

Mar. 29 Mississippi State Fayetteville, Ark. 1:05 p.m.

Mar. 31 Missouri State Springfield, Mo. 6:35 p.m.

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