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Hogs vs Auburn Baseball

by ElvisHog on May 1, 2010

Courtesy: Zach Lawson, Athletic Media Relations

FAYETTEVILLE – The No. 7 University of Arkansas baseball team jumps back into Southeastern Conference play with a three-game series against the Auburn Tigers this weekend. The matchup of Western Division rivals will take place at Baum Stadium, beginning with Friday’s game one which is scheduled for a 6:35 p.m. start. The series will also pit the conference’s top two offenses against one another.

Cox Sports Television (Ch. 119 in Northwest Arkansas) will carry games one and three of the Arkansas-Auburn series. Mike Nail and Ron Swoboda will handle the play-by-play and color commentary duties for the network. The three-game series will follow the familiar home weekend schedule of 6:35 p.m. on Friday, 2:05 p.m. on Saturday and 1:05 p.m. on Sunday.

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As usual, we’ll have game threads for each game.

Game 1

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Smyly goes to 7-0.

Smyly pitches Hogs past Auburn

Courtesy: Zach Lawson, Athletic Media Relations

FAYETTEVILLE – For the second time in three starts, Drew Smyly tossed a complete game to lead the No. 7 University of Arkansas baseball team to a 9-4 win over Auburn Friday night at Baum Stadium. Arkansas (35-8, 14-5 SEC) fell behind early but Brett Eibner jumpstarted the Razorback offense in the fifth inning with his 15th home run of the season and Collin Kuhn drove in the game-winning run in the sixth. Despite the threat of rain, an announced-crowd of 7,246 fans witnessed the come-from-behind victory.

“Smyly did an excellent job,” head coach Dave Van Horn said. “I feel lucky that we didn’t give up more than two runs in the inning that we gave him five outs, but he was definitely the key from the fourth inning on.”

Facing the Southeastern Conference’s most potent offense, Smyly held Auburn to four runs-two earned-and struck out nine, including the last hitter of the game. The left-handed sophomore was strong late in Friday’s ballgame, allowing just two hits over the final four innings of play. Smyly also benefited from two inning-ending double plays, one in the seventh and the other in the eighth, to overcome four errors by the Hogs’ defense. Read the rest

Game 2

Game thread here.

FAYETTEVILLE – The No. 7 University of Arkansas baseball team came within one score of erasing a five-run deficit but fell to Auburn, 8-7, Saturday afternoon at Baum Stadium. Arkansas (35-9, 14-6 SEC) had runners on second and third with one out in the bottom of the ninth but couldn’t plate the tying run. Auburn (29-15, 11-9 SEC) took control of the game with an eight-run fifth inning and held off the Razorbacks who scored four runs over the final four innings. Brett Eibner hit his 16th home run of the season and Andy Wilkins collected a season-high three hits in the loss.

“We just have to put the bat on the ball a little better with one out in the bottom of the ninth with a runner on third,” head coach Dave Van Horn said. “That was the at-bat of the game and we worked hard to get there and it’s disappointing that it didn’t happen for us. But give their pitcher credit because he worked out of a jam.” Read the rest

Game 3

Game thread here.

FAYETTEVILLE – The No. 7 University of Arkansas baseball team lost to Auburn, 13-2, Sunday afternoon at Baum Stadium. In defeat, Zack Cox was 3-for-4, including his seventh home run of the season, and Andy Wilkins added his 12th long ball of the year. With the win, the visiting Tigers also clinched the series victory.

“They just really outplayed us today, no doubt about it,” head coach Dave Van Horn said. “It started off on the mound. I think we had a 0-0 game going into the fourth. I don’t know if it started out with a walk or a home run but all of a sudden we are down three. We got out of that (inning) only down three and felt good about it. We had a chance to cut into it but we didn’t get a hit here or there and left some runners out there.

“Things just start snowballing a little bit and that was kind of difficult. Bottom line is we didn’t play very well and we didn’t hit very well. We were out-pitched, out-hit and out-fielded all day today and that’s what makes the loss so difficult.” Read the rest

Smyly pitches Hogs past Auburn

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