Handcuffing The Hogs

For the second straight day, South Carolina throws a gem to down Arkansas 5-0 on Saturday and drops the Razorbacks into a three-way tie for first in the SEC West.

FAYETTEVILLE - To the Arkansas Razorbacks' credit, they dutifully lined up to sign autographs for young admirers after Saturday's game.

It couldn't have been the easiest thing seeing as how South Carolina had just blanked the University of Arkansas 5-0 before 8,185 fans at Baum Stadium.

It gave the Gamecocks (40-11, 19-7) their second win in as many days over the Razorbacks (38-13, 16-10).

Arkansas has had just nine hits and two runs this weekend and drops into a tie for first in the SEC West with Ole Miss and Auburn.

"We haven't really done this all year," UA center fielder Brett Eibner said of his team's lack of production. "It is kind of frustrating. They have had two good pitchers the past two days, but that is still no reason why we can't hit. We are a good hitting team. We can hit. It's just we have to come out and swing the bats tomorrow."

The Razorbacks will try to salvage a win on Sunday at 1:05 with a lefty throwing for South Carolina – either Nolan Belcher or Tyler Webb.

The Razorbacks did not name a Sunday starter after the Saturday game.

"With Ole Miss winning last night and I don't know what they did today, we just need to come out and win period," Eibner said. "We've have got to do what we can do to score runs."

Arkansas first baseman Andy Wilkins echoed the sentiment that a win on Sunday crucial for the Razorbacks, who have lost three of the last four series.

Wilkins does not think this is another late-season slide as the Razorbacks had last season before making a run to the College World Series.

"We have got to come out and salvage at least a win in this series," Wilkins said. "It's two bad games here, but it is nothing really that we are too worried about."

After Blake Cooper held the UA batters to three hits and two runs on Friday night, Sam Dyson fanned 8, walked a pair and gave the Razorbacks just six hits while handing them their second shutout of the season.

In fact, once he got out of a first-inning, bases-loaded jam by fanning Tom Hauskey, Dyson was given a run and that proved to be enough.

"He was just pitching well," Wilkins said. "He is a good pitcher. He did a great job today. He was mixing his locations, mixing pitches."

Eibner said it was a pretty simple approach for Dyson (5-4), who threw 123 pitches and went the distance while besting Arkansas' Mike Bolsinger (5-3).

"He was throwing two-seamers in, sliders away," Eibner said. "It is not easy to hit. He did a good job of keeping us off balance. That was it really."


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