Costly Reversal

Ole Miss fell behind 2-0 after Arkansas' first two batters Friday night, definitely a strange occurrence considering Razorback leadoff hitter Chase Leavitt was initially called out.

Leavitt led off the Arkansas first with a ground ball to second base. Evan Button's throw to Ole Miss first baseman Matt Smith was wide, and Smith tried to keep his foot on the base while diving.

First base umpire Bryan Donnelly ruled Leavitt out, insisting that Smith kept his foot on the bag. Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn burst out of the Razorback dugout to argue, and after a conference with home plate umpire Mark Chapman, the umpires reversed the call.

Leavitt jogged back to first, and then it was Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco's turn to argue. Bianco couldn't sway the umpires, and Arkansas shortstop Scott Lyons followed by crushing a long two-run homer to left field, his seventh this season. Bianco admitted afterward that the umpires got it right.

"It was a good call by the umps," Bianco said. "He was off."



Starting Pitchers

Both of Friday night's starters — Arkansas' Brett Eibner and Ole Miss' Brett Bukvich — gave their respective teams a chance to win.

Eibner, a 6-foot-4 sophomore right-hander, went 5 1/3 innings and ran into major trouble only in the fourth inning. Eibner threw 111 pitches, gave two runs on four hits and struck out three. He allowed consecutive hits by Matt Smith and Kyle Henson to start the fourth, and they were the only two Rebels to score off him.

Van Horn said Eibner needed to work on finishing hitters to keep his pitch count down.

"Eibner's problem was, he'd either get 2-0 and it'd end up going full, or he'd get 0-2 and it was a full-count before you knew it," Van Horn said.

Meanwhile, Bukvich struggled at first but settled down to hand Ole Miss an 8-3 lead entering the seventh. Arkansas tallied the two first-inning runs on Lyons' homer and scored in the second on Leavitt's sacrifice fly.

Bukvich threw 96 pitches, relinquished three runs on five hits, struck out four and improved to 9-2 this season.



Lyons Injured

Arkansas' shortstop left the game in the fifth after colliding with Ole Miss third baseman Zach Miller trying to stretch a double into a triple. Lyons, who was thrown out on the play, took a hard hit to the head and remained on the ground for several minutes before being assisted off the field.

Van Horn said he didn't think Lyons would play today on Senior Day.

"To me, he was pretty much KO'd," Van Horn said. "He didn't even know how he got there. He didn't know he had a collision. I think he was semi-knocked out."



Short Hops

Ole Miss' Jordan Henry stole second base in the fifth inning, marking his 32nd steal this season and shattering the school's single-season record. David Dellucci and Charlie Williams previously shared the mark. ... Arkansas sophomore Travis Sample hit in the No. 4 spot, making his first start since the final game of the LSU series on May 3. Sample doubled in his first at-bat. ... Lyons and freshman catcher James McCann led the Hogs with two hits apiece.



INSIDE PITCH



NO. 9 OLE MISS AT ARKANSAS

WHEN: 2:05 p.m.

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: Ole Miss 39-15, 19-10 Southeastern Conference; Arkansas 32-19, 14-14

SERIES RECORD: Arkansas leads 33-26

PROBABLE STARTERS: Ole Miss, Phillip Irwin (6-3, 3.76); Arkansas, Justin Wells (2-0, 3.43)

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