Arkansas-Virginia Notes

Virginia starting pitcher Danny Hultzen did a little of everything in the Cavaliers' game against Arkansas on Wednesday night. The freshman left-hander struck out seven and gave up only an unearned run in 6 1/3 innings.

Hultzen also accounted for Virginia's second run with his two-out double to left in the fifth. Hultzen, who entered Wednesday's game with a 9-1 record, looked to have driven in the game-winning run in the ninth. But he was thrown out by a half-step on an amazingly quick double-play turn by shortstop Tim Carver and second baseman Bo Bigham.

Keuchel In Relief

Junior left-hander Dallas Keuchel, Arkansas' No. 1 starter, appeared comfortable in his first relief appearance this season, getting out of jams in the ninth, 10th and 11th innings.

He relieved junior closer Stephen Richards with no outs in the ninth and runners on first and second. A sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk loaded the bases for Hultzen, who grounded hard into the inning-ending double play.

Keuchel then put runners at second and third with one out in the bottom of the 10th. He settled down and struck out Jarrett Parker and John Hicks — both on 2-2 counts on low and away sliders.

In the 11th, he induced an inning-ending groundout from Dan Grovatt with the bases loaded.

Tschepikow Hurt

Arkansas senior shortstop Ben Tschepikow was hit in the left wrist by a 2-2 sixth-inning pitch from Hultzen. Arkansas' trainers treated Tschepikow in the dugout briefly before he returned to first base. They treated him for several minutes again before the start of the bottom of the sixth.

Sophomore Travis Sample pinch-hit for Tschepikow in the eighth and lined out to the left-field corner on a running catch by Phil Gosselin.

Yes, It Was An Error

Rosenblatt Stadium official scorer Lou Spry charged Virginia first baseman John Hicks with an error in the first inning on Scott Lyons' potential double-play grounder. Most baseball fans have grown up thinking a double play "can't be assumed."

Well, this was one of those rare instances in which that old adage didn't apply. Hicks simply dropped a relay throw right to him, extending the inning and meaning that Section 16.e(3) of the NCAA baseball manual could apply.

That section reads: "If a player drops a thrown ball when by holding it he would have completed a double play, it is an error."

Short Hops

Virginia third baseman Steven Proscia kept Arkansas center fielder Brett Eibner from giving the Razorbacks a leadoff runner in the fifth. Eibner's check-swing grounder slowly rolled toward Proscia, who charged, bare-handed the ball and threw to first. ... The 4 1/2 innings to start Wednesday's game marked the longest scoreless streak in any game of the 2009 College World Series. ... Proscia was thrown out in a rundown to end the ninth after overrunning third base on Jarrett Parker's double. The scoring of the rundown: 7-5-2-5-1. ... A fan ran onto the field with one out in the ninth and was tackled by four security guards after running toward home plate — and missing it.


No. 8 Arkansas vs. No. 1 LSU

WHEN: 1 p.m. Friday. TV: ESPN2.

WHERE: Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Neb.

ON THE AIR: KFAY-AM 1030; KURM-AM 790, FM 100.3; FM 103.1; KYNG-AM 1590; KHGG-AM 1580

RECORDS: Arkansas Razorbacks, 41-23; LSU Tigers, 56-13.

SERIES: LSU leads 48-22.

LAST MEETING: LSU won 9-1 on Monday.

FRIDAY'S PROBABLE STARTERS: Arkansas, LHP Dallas Keuchel (8-3, 4.07); LSU, RHP Anthony Ranaudo (10-3, 3.03).

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