Razorbacks send Central Arkansas Fans Home Happy
5/11/2010 11:26 PM
North Little Rock - Andy Wilkins stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 10th inning with Zack Cox on 2nd base and Brett Eibner on 1st. There was one out in the inning. Trevor Peterson of Louisiana Tech (25-23) threw Wilkins a 1-0 pitch that he hit into the right-center field gap. Clint Stubbs and Devon Dageford were both going to try and make a catch as the ball held up in the wind blowing in from behind the right field wall. Stubbs got a glove on it but as he fell to the grass the ball squirted away and Cox rounded third, trotted home to score the winning run, and send the Dickey-Stephens Park Crowd home as fireworks were shot off behind the right field wall.
Arkansas (38-11) got off to a hot start, getting the Bulldogs 1-2-3, in the top of the 1st. Collin Kuhn led off the bottom of the 1st inning with a tripple and the 10,000 plus fans were ready to erupt. Bo Bigham hit a sharp ball to the Tech 3rd baseman Mark Threlkeld who threw to the Bulldog catcher Clint Ewing who tagged Kuhn out between 3rd and home plate. Bigham was then caught in a rundown when Ewing threw to Joey Ford at 2nd to get Bigham in a run down and eventually out in a double play that only an accountant would be proud of. The line score on the play was 5-2-4-3-6-1. All position players but those standing in the outfield were involved in the play.
La Tech got on the board in the top of the 2nd when they sent 8 batters to the plate and took a 4-0 lead. Arkansas would answer back getting 2 runs in the bottom of the 2nd when Eibner and Tom Hauskey crossed the dish. The Razorbacks would cut the lead to 1 when Eibner scored in the 4th after a lead-off double and would tie the game in the 8th after Bigham doubled and then scored on an Eibner single.
Arkansas is in the middle of a heated race in the SEC West and will battle for the SEC crown the next two weekends when South Carolina comes to Baum Stadium then the Hogs go to Vanderbilt to finish out the regular season.
The Diamond Hogs gave Central Arkansas a great show and the fans turned out even though it was a hot muggy night. The Hogs will be back in Central Arkansas next year when they will play The University of Memphis in a home and home series at Dickey-Stephens Park and Auto Zone park in Memphis.
Sure there was cotton candy, hot dogs, peanuts, cokes, and other ball park fare you can get at Baum Stadium. The only thing you would hear at DSP that you will not hear at Baum Stadium was a vendor walking through the crowd saying, "Cold Beer!"