""I knew we were going to have a good crowd, but I couldn't believe how full it was," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "I thought we had at least 10,000 but when I saw 11,000 go up there (on the scoreboard), it was amazing. It just makes you proud to be a Razorback. It was unbelievable."
For the two games the series drew 17,300, which smashes the previous two-game midweek mark of 11,916 set earlier this season against Nebraska. The game is also believed have drawn one the largest nonconference regular season crowds — midweek or not — ever to be played in college baseball.
Who's On Third?
Ben Tschepikow, that's who. After playing his entire Arkansas career at mostly second base — with some designated hitter and shortstop sprinkled in between — Tschepikow made some heads turn when he walked to the third base bag to open Wednesday's game.
The move was made in part for two reasons. One, with a lefthander on the mound for Arizona State and Zack Cox expecting to pitch, Tschepikow got the nod at third over Cox. And two, with Scott Lyons needing a day of rest, Tschepikow needed to stay in the lineup somewhere — even with Bo Bigham playing second and Tim Carver at short.
"Really we were just trying to get Bo Bigham in the lineup, and Ben can handle it over there," Van Horn said. "Back in the fall we tell our guys everyone is interchangeable. Ben's played third a little bit and you saw he could do it. He did a great job."
Arkansas pitcher Bryan Bingham made his first appearance in over a month Wednesday. Bingham has been out with a ribcage injury and lasted just 1 2/3 innings against the Sun Devils, giving up four runs and five hits... The Razorbacks are now 7-1 against Pac-10 teams this season and have still not lost a series of two or more games this year... Andrew Darr had three hits and four RBIs and has raised his average to .254... Cox pitched a career-long three innings Wednesday, giving up no runs and two hits.
VANDERBILT AT NO. 12 ARKANSAS
WHEN: 6:35 p.m., Friday; 3:05 p.m. Saturday; 1:05 p.m. Sunday
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: Vanderbilt 19-13, 5-7; Arkansas 24-6, 10-2
SERIES RECORD: Razorbacks lead, 24-14
LAST MEETING: Vanderbilt won, 6-2 on Mar. 30, 2008 in Nashville
FRIDAY'S PROBABLE PITCHERS: Vanderbilt, Mike Minor (2-3, 3.55 ERA); Arkansas, Dallas Keuchel (5-0, 3.45 ERA)
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.
April 17 Georgia Athens, Ga. 6 p.m.
April 18 Georgia Athens, Ga. 12 p.m.
April 19 Georgia Athens, Ga. 1 p.m.
April 21 Oral Roberts Tulsa, Okla. 6:35 p.m.
April 24 Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn. 6 p.m.
April 25 Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn. 3 p.m.
April 26 Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn. 12 p.m.
April 28 Oklahoma Fayetteville 6:35 p.m.