"That was all Mike Minor," said Van Horn, the Arkansas coach. "He was the story tonight and that was a good old fashion tail whipping."
Arkansas had not lost on Friday night this season with lefty junior Dallas Keuchel going 5-0 on those outings. Keuchel didn't have it against the Commordores. He gave up a career high 10 hits and also seven earned runs, also a career high. He was gone in the 5-run Vandy fourth when the visitors jumped to a 7-0 lead.
Van Horn said it was a case of Minor, one of the league's best, finally putting it all together. Van Horn said Vandy coach Tim Corbin thought Minor stepped it up against the Hogs, coming off a sweep of Arizona State in midweek.
"I didn't feel like we were letting down at all," Van Horn said. "I think we just got it handed to us by a great pitcher that they thought was going to throw like this all year. Coach (Tim) Corbin just told me it's the best he's thrown all year, and he had it all working.
"That was the kind of stuff you see that will take you to the major leagues. If he keeps pitching like that, that's where Minor will be."
Keuchel had it rolling until Tuesday night. He would have been in more trouble early, but the Hogs turned two double plays to end promising Vanderbilt innings.
"He was up with his fast ball and just didn't have it," Van Horn said. "His location was off. That's usually his strength."
The Hogs weren't very good in the field, either. They matched their hit total in the error column, too -- four of each.
Brett Eibner made two errors in center field. Ryan Cisterna and Ben Tschepikow had the other UA errors. Arkansas got singles from Tschepikow, Eibner, Cisterna and Tim Carver -- and zerio extra base hits.
Minor was throwing in the low 90s. He worked both sides of the plate and had a breaking ball with sharp movement in the strike zone. He threw 117 pitches in eight innings, 74 for strikes.
The Hogs and Commodores are scheduled to play a single game at 3:05 Saturday, with the final game set for 1:05 Sunday afternoon. Asked if the Hogs and Commodores could play two on Saturday to avoid what appears to be heavy rains on Sunday, Van Horn said no one has talked about a possible change.
"All I know is we are playing at 3:05 tomorrow," Van Horn said.
And, that is set in stone because of television plans.
T.J. Forrest is the scheduled starter for the Hogs on Saturday with Justin Wells the probable starter on Sunday.