Inside Pitch

Wheelin' And Dealin' Mike Minor knew his team needed an ace performance more than ever Friday. And like the ace he is, the Vanderbilt lefthander delivered.

A 6-foot-4, 195-pound junior preseason All-American, Minor hadn't been all that dominant so far this season before Friday. But against Arkansas, he was downright nasty. In eight innings, the two-time Team USA pick and reigning Baseball America Summer Player of the Year gave up just four hits and struck out a season-high 11 batters.

Through six innings, Minor allowed just one hit and constantly kept the Razorbacks off guard with a quartet of pitches.

"He pitched very well," Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin said. "He commanded four pitches tonight and attacked the hitters and we needed a performance like that. Particularly against a team like this that's as good as any team in the country."

Vanderbilt has now won three straight in SEC play. But winning Friday against the Razorbacks — and winning the way they did — was a big step for the Commodores, according to Minor.

"This is huge," Minor said. "We've got a lot of confidence and after tonight we've got even more. The hitters hit their Friday night guy, we put up nine and this a big deal for us because we haven't shut out anybody until now.

"So it's going to turn around."



When They Get Beat, They Get Beat

The Razorbacks haven't been beaten all that much this season. But in those losses, there's a glaring trend showing up for Arkansas.

In seven defeats so far in the 2009 season the Razorbacks have been outscored 66-21, an average of 9.4 to 3.0 per loss. In six of those seven losses, Arkansas has been outscored by at least five runs.

It's even worse in SEC play, where the Razorbacks have been outscored 30-5 in their three conference setbacks.



Short Hops

Even with a threat of rain on Easter Sunday, Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said the plan as of Friday night was to still play just one game on Saturday... Dallas Keuchel is now 0-2 in his career against Vanderbilt and has allowed 10 earned runs and 20 hits over 8 1/3 innings in four appearances against the Commodores... Reliever Christian Kowalchuk was the lone bright spot for Arkansas, tossing a career-high 3 2/3 innings while giving up just one run on no hits... The Razorbacks are 2-3 in their last five SEC games after starting 8-0.





ON DECK



VANDERBILT AT NO. 12 ARKANSAS

WHEN: 3:05 p.m. Saturday; 1:05 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Baum Stadium, Fayetteville

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

RECORDS: Vanderbilt 20-13, 6-7; Arkansas 24-7, 10-3

SERIES RECORD: Razorbacks lead, 24-15

TODAY'S PROBABLE PITCHERS: Vanderbilt, Caleb Cotham (4-3, 3.92 ERA); Arkansas, T.J. Forrest (2-2, 4.32 ERA)




Arkansas Razorbacks Upcoming Schedule



Date Opponent Site Time

Apr. 11 Vanderbilt Fayetteville 3:05 p.m.

Apr. 12 Vanderbilt Fayetteville 1:05 p.m.

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

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

Apr. 17 Georgia Athens, Ga. 6 p.m.

Apr. 18 Georgia Athens, Ga. 12 p.m.

Apr. 19 Georgia Athens, Ga. 1 p.m.

Apr. 21 Oral Roberts Tulsa, Okla. 6:35 p.m.

Apr. 24 Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn. 6 p.m.

Apr. 25 Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn. 3 p.m.

Apr. 26 Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn. 12 p.m.

Apr. 28 Oklahoma Fayetteville 6:35 p.m.

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