On Deck

Hauskey's First Hit Arkansas' third-string catcher, junior Tom Hauskey of Springdale, notched his first hit this season as a pinch-hitter in the seventh.

Hauskey hit for freshman Jarrod McKinney and lined the first pitch he saw from ASU righty Seth Blair into right field for a single. The hit, which made Hauskey 1-for-5 this season, advanced Chase Leavitt to third and knocked Blair from the contest.

The Razorbacks went on to score five runs in the seventh and take a 6-3 lead.

"Thomas did what pinch hitters are supposed to do: Come off the bench swinging," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said.

Hauskey joked that Arizona State probably didn't know much about him.

"My spots are few, but I always have to prepare myself for a big spot," Hauskey said. "I have six (plate appearances) on the year, so there's not a lot of scouting reports on me. I was 100 percent sure he'd give me a fastball, and if it was in the zone, I was hopefully going to hit it hard somewhere."



Stealing Home

Arizona State second baseman Zack MacPhee pulled off a rare feat in the top of the third. The 5-foot-9 freshman stole home to give ASU a 1-0 lead.

Arkansas starting pitcher Brett Eibner seemed poised to escape the Sun Devils threat unscathed, but he didn't notice MacPhee creeping down the third-base line with two outs. He also didn't see ASU third-base coach Andy Stankiewicz marking off a line in the dirt for MacPhee.

MacPhee bluffed once, then burst for home on the next throw and beat Eibner's 1-2 pitch to James McCann.

"We saw it (happening)," Van Horn said. "The guy went down and marked his spot. We're out there yelling. We're thinking Eibner's going to see it and speed up his delivery or throw a strike. He's still learning. We gave him the option to wind up because he throws more strikes out of it.

"He's got to look at the runner. ... He learned something tonight."



Short Hops

Eibner, a 6-foot-4 sophomore right-hander, allowed two runs on five hits in five innings. He threw 93 pitches, struck out three and walked three. ... Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said he hadn't settled on a starter for tonight's contest; ASU is also undecided. Before Tuesday's game, Van Horn was considering 6-foot right-hander Sam Murphy as tonight's starter. But the sophomore pitched in relief against the Sun Devils, earning his first win this season after giving up one run on two hits in 2 1/3 innings. ... ASU starter Seth Blair, a 6-2 sophomore righty, struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings and got a no-decision. ... Senior second baseman Ben Tschepikow went 2-for-5 with a run scored and two RBIs, making him the only Hog with more than one hit. ... Arkansas left 10 runners on base.



ON DECK



NO. 1 ARIZONA STATE AT NO. 12 ARKANSAS

WHEN: 6:35 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: Arizona State 23-6; Arkansas 23-6

SERIES RECORD: Arizona State leads, 3-2

TODAY'S PROBABLE PITCHERS: Arizona State, TBA; Arkansas, TBA

Arkansas Razorbacks Upcoming Schedule

Date Opponent Site Time

April 10 Vanderbilt Fayetteville 6:35 p.m.

April 11 Vanderbilt Fayetteville 3:05 p.m.

April 12 Vanderbilt Fayetteville 1:05 p.m.

April 14 Louisiana-Monroe Fayetteville 6:35 p.m.

April 15 Louisiana-Monroe Fayetteville 3:05 p.m.

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