Inside Pitch

Change of Plans Make that Sunday starter a to-be-determined after all. Brett Eibner was expected to get the next Sunday pitching start for Arkansas when the Hogs visited Georgia this weekend. But after giving up two runs and five hits in just three-plus innings Tuesday, Eibner is no longer an automatic to get the nod on the mound against the Bulldogs.

"(Brett) wasn't real sharp and he wasn't throwing enough strikes," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "At the end of three innings I think he already had 50 or more pitches, so basically we told (Sam) Murphy to go down there and get ready to go. Then Brett didn't even make it through that (next) inning, so that was disappointing.

"Basically Sunday's game at Georgia will now be TBA and we'll see if we can turn this thing around (Wednesday)."



Fair or Foul?

One of Arkansas' best scoring opportunities was halted in the seventh inning by a questionable call. Leading off the inning, catcher James McCann blooped what appeared to be a single that just sneaked inside the line in right field. But instead of a hit, first base umpire Tom Svelha ruled the ball foul.

Tim Carver followed with hit in the very next at-bat and had McCann been on base Arkansas would have been in prime position to grab the lead.

"It looked like the ball was fair," Van Horn said. "I don't know, I didn't see the replay. But our runner and our (first-base) coach said the ball hit the line.

"From what I saw, there was no reason for (the umpire) to run down there. Just take a couple of steps and turn around, because your eyes are going to move when you're running. And after talking with him I don't know if he thinks he got it right either.

"So who knows? That would have been a leadoff hit, but that didn't cost us the game."



On a Brighter Note

McCann has thrown out six of seven attempted base stealers in his last three starts. McCann threw out two runners Tuesday and has now successfully thrown out nine of 16 on the season... Arkansas played mistake-free baseball, at least from a defensive standpoint. The Razorbacks got several sharp plays on the infield from Carver and Bo Bigham, just not enough offense to go with it.

"We did play good defense," Van Horn said. "It's just too bad we didn't put together an inning or two to get a few runs in there. We hit a few balls hard at them, but that's the way the game works."



ON DECK



LOUISIANA-MONROE AT NO. 11 ARKANSAS

WHEN: 3:05 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: Louisiana-Monroe 22-12; Arkansas 24-9

SERIES RECORD: Warhawks lead, 7-6

TODAY'S PROBABLE PITCHERS: Louisiana-Monroe, Josh Miller (1-1, 4.08 ERA); Arkansas, Drew Smyly (2-1, 4.55 ERA)




Arkansas Razorbacks Upcoming Schedule



Date Opponent Site Time

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.

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