Arkansas Razorback Baseball – Game 38 vs Mississippi State (Game 1)


>>IT IS A BIG TIME SERIES OPENER TONIGHT IN THE S.E.C. WE CAN’T WAIT. WE’RE HERE IN FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS, AND BEAUTIFUL STADIUM FOR GAME ONE BETWEEN THE NUMBER TWO MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS AND THE 10TH RANKED RAZORBACKS OF ARKANSAS. WELCOME TO THE S.E.C. ON ESPN. WHERE IT IS AIR TIGHT IN THE S.E.C. WEST. MISSISSIPPI STATE OUT IN FRONT RIGHT NOW BY A HALF GAME BUT YOU CAN SEE FIVE TEAMS WITHIN A GAME OF EACH OTHER INCLUDING ARKANSAS RIGHT IN THE THICK OF IT AT 9-6. HI AGAIN, EVERYBODY. WELCOME TO FAYETTEVILLE. ALONGSIDE MY PARTNER, FORMER S.E.C. PLAYER OF THE YEAR CHRIS BURKE, I’M CLAY MATVICK. WHAT A WAY TO START A HOLIDAY WEEKEND. A TOP 10 MATCH-UP AND PROBABLY TWO OF THE BEST STARTING PITCHERS IN THE COUNTRY TONIGHT.>>Chris: A BIG TIME SHOWDOWN, TWO TEAMS BATTLING FOR POSITION IN THE TOUGHEST DIVISION OF ALL COLLEGE BASEBALL. THE S.E.C. WEST. MISSISSIPPI STATE FEELS LIKE MAYBE THEY CAN WIN THE S.E.C., ARKANSAS FEELS LIKE THEY DO TOO BUT THEY’RE BOUNCING BACK AFTER A TOUGH WEEKEND AT VANDERBILT. THEY NEED TO HOLD SERVE AT HOME.>>Clay: MISSISSIPPI STATE COMING OFF A SWEEP OF ALABAMA LAST WEEK. CHRIS LEMONIS INHERITED THE TEAM BUT YOU CAN’T DISCOUNT THE JOB HE’S DONE IN HIS FIRST YEAR. >>Chris: COMING OFF OF OMAHA, A NEW VOICE, GOING FOR THE S.E.C. CAREER HITS RECORD. IF WE PLAY ENOUGH INNINGS HE MIGHT GET IT TONIGHT, CLAY BUT THIS IS A DEEP BALLCLUB. JORDAN WESTBURG A STAR IN THE MAKING. >>Clay: WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS AND THEY’RE GOING TO BE FACING ISAIAH CAMPBELL. THIS JUNIOR HAS HAD A BREAKOUT YEAR HERE. HIS NUMBERS ARE SO MUCH IMPROVED OVER LAST YEAR. >>Chris: DECIDED TO TURN DOWN THE DRAFT TO COME BACK FOR THIS, HIS REDSHIRT YEAR. HOPING TO BE THE NUMBER ONE GUY. HE ACCUSE COME IN AND TAKEN THE SHOES OF BLAINE KNIGHT AND FILLED THEM ADMIRABLY. >>Matt: A SCOUTING REPORT FROM HIS CATCHER. >>FOUR PITCHES, FASTBALL, CURVEBALL, SPLIT-FINGER AND THAT CUTTER, EVEN THOUGH HE THROWS 96-97 HE CAN KNOCK OUT ANYBODY IN THE COUNTRY WITH THAT CUTTER.>>Matt: JAKE MANGUM GREETS ISAIAH CAMPBELL WITH A LEADOFF SINGLE TO GO TO SIX SHY OF EDDIE FURNISS ON THE S.E.C. ALL TIME HITS LIST. >>Matt: THAT IS THE 63RD TIME HE HAS STARTED A GAME WITH A BASE HIT. >>Chris: CHOP SINGLE. THIRD BASE PLAYING IN TO BUNT AND YOU CAN’T DEFEND IT — EVEN IF THE SHORTSTOP CATCHES IT HE CAN’T THROW HIM OUT. THE KID IS SO GIFTED. >>Clay: 346 CAREER HITS AND COUNTING FOR MANGUM AND HE EXTENDS HIS HITTING STREAK TO 19 GAMES. >>Clay: A GREAT BASE STEALER. >>Chris: IN THE PAST DIDN’T RUN AS MUCH AS YOU WOULD THINK BUT HIS NEXT AM BE HIS 20TH BAG OF THE SEASON, A CHANCE TO STEAL 30, A TRUE LEADOFF GUY, A REAL NUMBER ONE WHICH I THINK IN SOME REGARDS IS HARDER TO FIND THAN A GUY THAT CAN HIT THIRD OR FOURTH, A GUY THAT CAN MAKE THINGS HAPPEN AT THE TOP OF THE ORDER. >>Clay: OVER 300300 OF HIS HITS HAVE COME OUT OF THAT LEADOFF SPOT. JORDAN WESTBURG, SOPHOMORE OUT OF NEW BRAUNFELS, TEXAS. >>Chris: THIS IS WHAT YOU GET. YOU GET MANGUM ON TO START AND HE DISRUPTS THE PITCHER. HE DISRUPTS THE PITCHER’S FLOW. YOU’RE IN THE STRETCH OUT OF THE GATE AND JORDAN WESTBURG THAT COULD MAKE THIS A 2-0 BALLGAME. A 2-0 COUNT. AND YOU ARE DISTRACTED BY THE BASE RUNNER. YOU MAKE A MISTAKE AND YOU COULD BE BEHIND WITH A CROOKED NUMBER REAL QUICK. >>Clay: MISSISSIPPI STATE UP TO NUMBER TWO IN THE POLLS. THEY HAVE WON SEVEN STRAIGHT AND COMING OFF THE SWEEP OF BAMA, THEIR FIRST S.E.C. SERIES SWEEP. SWING AND A MISS. 2-1. >>Chris: NASTY PITCH THERE ON THE 2-0 CUTTER BUT YEAH, IT’S A MISSISSIPPI STATE CLUB THAT’S SUPER TALENTED AND ISAIAH CAMPBELL, AS GOOD AS HE’S GONE THIS YEAR, HE’S REALLY BEEN AN ACE, PROBABLY JUST OUTSIDE THAT CONVERSATION FOR PITCHER OF THE YEAR BUT HAS BEEN OUTSTANDING, HIS HANDS FULL TONIGHT WITH THE LEAGUE’S BEST OFFENSE. >>Clay: CAMPBELL HAS HAD SEVEN STRAIGHT QUALITY STARTS. HE BURIES STRIKE TWO. THE COUNT IS EVEN TO WESTBURG HERE IN THE TOP OF THE FIRST. >>Clay: CAMPBELL WITH 68 STRIKEOUTS ON THE YEAR. FIFTH BEST IN THE S.E.C. KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON MANGUM. >>Chris: HE’S THROWN BACK-TO-BACK BREAKING BALLS, AD CHANCE YOU GET ANOTHER ONE AND TRUST WESTBURG TO PUT IT IN PLAY. >>Clay: CALLED STRIKE THREE ON THE INSIDE CORNER. ISAIAH CAMPBELL FELL BEHIND 2-0. BATTLES BACK AND GETS THE STRIKEOUT OF WESTBURG FOR OUT NUMBER ONE. >>Chris: THERE IS ONE KIND OF FRONTDOOR BREAKING BALL THAT FREEZES HIM. YOU SEE WESTBURG PARALYZED BY THAT NASTY BREAKING BALL AND A BIG SEQUENCE OF PITCHES FROM ISAIAH CAMPBELL. >>Clay: YOU TOUCHED ON IT, BURKEY, THE NUMBERS OVER LAST YEAR FROM CAMPBELL, 5-7 A YEAR AGO, 6-1 THIS SEASON. HE HAS PITCHED BETTER THAN THE 6-1 RECORD WOULD INDICATE. LAST WEEK HE PITCHED WELL ENOUGH TO DESERVE A WIN AGAINST VANDERBILT IN NASHVILLE BUT ARKANSAS LEFT NINE RUNNERS ON BASE. >>Chris: COUPLE PLAYS ON DEFENSE THEY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE BACK BUT HE WENT INTO VANDERBILT AGAINST ANOTHER TALENTED. >>Clay: HERE IS ALLEN, SOPHOMORE FROM THEODORE, ALABAMA, HE HAS BEEN ON FIRE AT THE PLATE AS HAVE SO MANY OF THIESS MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS, BUT HIS AVERAGE NOW CLIMBING 50 POINTS IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS SITTING AT .292. >>Chris: BEEN AN UP-AND-DOWN YEAR FOR HIM. STARTED REALLY HOT. COOLED SIGNIFICANTLY. >>Clay: THEY GOT HIM. JAKE MANGUM A LITTLE BIT TOO FAR OFF THE BAG THAT TIME AND ISAIAH CAMPBELL PLUCKS HIM OFF FOR THE SECOND OUT OF THE INNING. >>Chris: THE DIVE BACK LOOKED SLOW. THE GATHER FOR MANGUM. I DON’T SEE ENOUGH TO OVERTURN IT THERE. LOOKS LIKE THE TAG GETS HIM ON THE ELBOW. GOOD JOB BY MANGUM TO TRY TO GET TO THE BACK OF THE BAG. I DON’T THINK THEY’RE GOING TO OVERTURN THAT ONE. DO YOU?>>Clay: NO. THE THROW WAS BY FAR THERE IN TIME. IT WAS JUST WOULD THE TAG GET DOWN IN TIME AND IT DID BASED ON THE REPLAY. >>Chris: YEAH. >>Clay: YOU WERE A GREAT BASE STEALER IN YOUR TIME AT TENNESSEE. WHAT WAS YOUR APPROACH? DID YOU GET CLOSER BACK TO THE BAG WHEN YOU HAD BEEN TESTED THAT MANY TIMES ON THE THROW TO FIRST?>>Chris: NO. ONLY IF IT WAS SUPER CLOSE. IF THE PLAY IS NOT CLOSE YOU’RE GOING TO EXTEND YOUR LEAD. IF IT’S REALLY CLOSE YOU WILL HANG THERE, MAYBE TAKE A HALF STEP BACK. I THINK THAT WAS A CASE WHERE MANGUM GOT CAUGHT LEANING A LITTLE BIT AND IF YOU GET CAUGHT LEANING IT SHOULD BE BANG-BANG, BUT A PERFECT THROW FROM CAMPBELL. NOT A GREAT TAG BY EZELL BUT THE CALL GOES THE RAZORBACK WAY. YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE HIM SNAP THAT DOWN FASTER. >>Clay: THAT GOT A PIECE OF ALLEN AND HE GOES DOWN IN A HEAP. THAT’S A FOUL BALL. IT CAUGHT ALLEN. CHRIS LEMONIS CONCERNED, I’M SURE, HERE ABOUT HIS STAR FIRST BASEMAN. >>Chris: LOOKS LIKE HE’S GRABBING HIS LEFT LEG. YEAH. ON HIS BACK KNEE. >>Clay: THAT IS A WEIRD SPOT. YES. WE WERE TALKING TO LEMONIS AND HE SAID “OUR OFFENSE IS REALLY GOOD RIGHT NOW BUT FOR IT TO BE SPECIAL DOWN THE STRETCH RUN AND HOPEFULLY WELL INTO THE POSTSEASON, WE NEED TANNER ALLEN TO BE GOOD AND RIGHT NOW HE’S SWINGING A GOOD BAT. >>Chris: WHEN HE’S GOOD, HE CAN DRIVE IN RUNS IN BUNCHES. HE STARTED THE SEASON OFF WITH 13 R.B.I.’S, HAD A GOOD WEEKEND AGAINST ALABAMA, FIVE R.B.I.’S AGAINST SOUTH ALABAMA A COUPLE WEEKS AGO SO THEY FEEL LIKE HE’S GETTING BACK TO BEING THE HITTER HE WAS TO START THE SEASON. >>Clay: TANNER ALLEN ORIGINALLY COMMITTED TO L.S.U. BUT FOLLOWED ANDY CANAZAR TO STARKVILLE. >>Chris: A SCARY THOUGHT WHEN YOU CONSIDER HOW ACCOMPLISHED THESE PLAYERS ARE. >>Clay: RIPPED FOUL THE FIRST ROW DOWN THE FIRST BASE LINE. THERE IS A REALLY GOOD CROWD TONIGHT IN FAYETTEVILLE, CHRIS, CONSIDERING HOW CHILLY IT IS, HOW WINDY IT IS. IT’S A THURSDAY NIGHT. >>Chris: THEY DON’T MIND. >>Clay: A GREAT PITCHING MATCH-UP TOO AND THEY KNOW THAT AS WELL. >>Chris: THEY LOVE THIS PROGRAM. ONE OF THE BEST FAN BASES IN AMERICA. >>Clay: CURVEBALL BANGED INTO RIGHT FIELD FOR A BASE HIT. A TWO-OUT SINGLE FOR ALLEN. HE HOBBLES DOWN THE FIRST BASE LINE. THAT’S GOING TO STING FOR A WHILE. >>Chris: A HECK OF AN A.B. THERE. IT DOESN’T HURT AS BAD WHEN YOU GET A KNOCK. HANGING BREAKING BALL UP IN THE ZONE. >>Clay: A LITTLE KIRK GIBSON DOWN TO FIRST. >>Chris: YOU CAN PUT THE BRAKES ON THERE, TANNER. YOU HAVE EARNED THAT. >>Clay: MANGUM GOT PICKED OFF OVER THERE. I’M SURE THAT ALLEN HAS THAT IN THE BACK OF HIS MIND AS THE PITCHER DEALS TO McNAMEE. MISSISSIPPI STATE GOT THE SWEEP. STRIKE ON THE OUTSIDE CORNER. >>Chris: ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE DANGEROUS HITTERS IN THE MISSISSIPPI STATE LINEUP AND A YOUNG MAN WHO YOU HOPE WOULD MAKE A JUMP FROM JUNIOR TO SENIOR YEAR. HE FINISHED LAST SEASON WITH A FLURRY AND HE HAS BECOME A MUCH MORE CONSISTENT PLAYER AND REALLY ESTABLISHED HIMSELF AS A TRUE MIDDLE OF THE ORDER HITTER IN THE S.E.C. A WALK-OFF HOMER, SURREAL MOMENT TO BEAT AT FLORIDA STATE. ONE OF THE GREAT MOMENTS OF THEIR INCREDIBLE RUN LAST NCAA TOURNAMENT. >>Clay: FWHOE ONE PERSONIFIED THAT WEIRD RIDE FOR MISSISSIPPI STATE TO THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES BETTER THAN ELIJAH McNAMEE. >>Chris: HIM AND ELIJAH WERE IN THE MIDDLE OF EVERYTHING. GETTING THOSE GUYS BACK IS WHY YOU SEE THEM PLAYING AT SUCH A HIGH LEVEL. >>Clay: GROUND BALL TO SHORT, ON THE RUN, CASEY MARTIN. LOW THROW. EZELL HANDLES IT AT FIRST BASE. A COUPLE OF BASE RUNNERS IN THE INNING FOR MISSISSIPPI STATE BUT CAMPBELL GETS>>Clay: BEAUTIFUL NIGHT HERE IN THE OZARKS. MAYBE A LITTLE KIT R ON THE CHILLY SIDE BUT WE’LL TAKE IT — MAYBE A LITTLE BIT ON THE CHILLY SIDE BUT WE’LL TAKE IT. ARKANSAS UNDER DAVE VAN HORN COMING UP. 58 YEARS OLD. 17TH SEASON AT ARKANSAS. LAST YEAR WAS HIS SEVENTH COLLEGE WORLD SERIES AS THE HEAD COACH, OF COURSE, A HEARTBREAKING FINISH FOR THE YEAR TO HIS TEAM BUT WHAT A JOB HE’S DONE WITH THIS PROGRAM. >>Chris: FIVE TRIPS TO THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES. >>Clay: HERE IS DAVE’S LINEUP. IT WILL BE TREVOR EZELL, GRAD TRANSFER LEADING IT OFF AGAIN. CASEY MARTIN IN THE TWO SPOT. HOW ABOUT MATT GOODHART, BURKEY. ABSOLUTELY ON FIRE. >>Chris: HE GETS AN ADJUSTMENT WITH HIS CONTACTS, NEXT THING YOU KNOW HE’S TURNED INTO THE HOTTEST HITTER IN THE CONFERENCE, A .480 AVERAGE IN LEAGUE PLAY AND HE HAS BEEN RED HOT LAST COUPLE WEEKS. >>Clay: ETHAN SMALL, JUNIOR FROM LEXINGTON, SMALL 94 STRIKEOUTS ON THE YEAR. NUMBER TWO IN THE NATION AND FIRST IN THE LEAGUE. WHAT IMPRESSES YOU MOST ABOUT ETHAN SMALL?>>Chris: PITCHES WITH HIS FASTBALL. USUALLY YOU SEE A GUY THAT MANY STRIKEOUTS YOU ASSUME THERE IS A MYSTERY BREAKING BALL THAT NOBODY CAN PICK UP BUT IT’S NOT REALLY THE CASE WITH SMALL. A LOT OF FASTBALLS. A LOT OF SWINGS AND MISSES. >>Clay: HIS BATTERY MATE IS DUSTIN SKELTON. LET’S HEAR FROM THE MISSISSIPPI STATE CATCHER ABOUT ETHAN SMALL.>>GOT OUR ACE ON THE MOUND TONIGHT IN ETHAN SMALL. THREE-PITCH MIX. FASTBALL, CHANGE-UP, CURVEBALL. LOOKS TO HAVE A DOMINANT PERFORMANCE FROM LEXINGTON, TENNESSEE. HOPEFULLY WE CAN DOMINATE THE HOGS. >>Clay: 15 STRIKEOUTS A CAREER HIGH AGAINST ALABAMA LAST FRIDAY. >>Chris: YEAH. LOOK. HE’S PUNCHED OUT DOUBLE DIGITS IN SEVEN OF HIS NINE STARTS. LAST WEEKEND HE RECORDS 18 OUTS. 15 OF THEM ON PUNCHOUTS. IT’S BEEN AN INCREDIBLE START TO THE SEASON FOR ETHAN SMALL. >>Clay: THAT’S GOING TO BE A ONE-HOPPER TO THE SHORTSTOP, WESTBURG AND CASEY MARTIN IS A QUICK OUT. >>Chris: YOU HEARD DUSTIN SKELTON USE THE WORD DOMINATE TWICE. THAT’S WHAT THEY’VE SEEN HIM DO THIS YEAR. DOMINATE THE OPPOSITION. >>Clay: SKELTON FIELDING .997. ONE ERROR ON THE YEAR. A GREAT RECEIVER. ETHAN SMALL WOULD TELL YOU PART OF THE HE’S HAD SO MUCH SUCCESS THIS YEAR IS — PART OF THE REASON HE’S HAD SO MUCH SUCCESS THIS YEAR IS BECAUSE OF HIS BACKSTOP. SECOND BEST BATTING AVERAGE IN THE LEAGUE, SOPHOMORE HITTING .480 IN LEAGUE PLAY, BEST IN THE CONFERENCE. STRIKE ONE. 24 FOR 50. 700 SLUGGING. .574 O.B.P., HOW ABOUT A NEARLY 1,300 O.P.S. IN LEAGUE PLAY. >>Clay: NOT BADD FOR A NEWCOMBER, HE WAS IN THE — >>Clay: NOT BAD FOR A NEWCOMER, HE WAS IN THE WORLD SERIES LAST YEAR FOR SAN JACINTO OF TEXAS. HE’S BEEN ON FIRE. FOUL TIPPED BACK INTO THE CATCHER’S MITT AND THE FIRST STRIKEOUT PROBABLY OF MANY FOR ETHAN SMALL. >>Clay: MISSISSIPPI STATE THE FIRST TEAM IN THE COUNTRY TO GET TO 30 WINS. BEST START IN SCHOOL HISTORY. THEY’VE WON FOUR OF THEIR FIVE S.E.C. SERIES. THE ONLY LOSS TO L.S.U. THEY AVERAGE CLOSE TO NINE RUNS PER GAME. FIFTH BEST IN THE COUNTRY. .327 IS THE TEAM BAT AVERAGE COMING INTO THE NIGHT. THAT’S THIRD BEST IN THE NATION. THIS TEAM CAN HIT IT. THEY CAN FIELD IT. THEY CAN PITCH IT.>>Chris: IT DOESN’T GO DOWN MUCH IN LEAGUE PLAY. AS YOU SAID, HIT .327 AS A CLUB, HITTING .323 IN LEAGUE PLAY. NOBODY ELSE IS OVER .300. THEY’RE NOT MAKING THEIR LIVING AGAINST PRE-CONFERENCE AND MIDWEEK GAMES. THIS TEAM CAN HIT, AND THEY CAN HIT ANYBODY. >>Clay: INCLUDING JUSTIN FOSCUE. HIS POWER NUMBERS UP. 10 ON THE YEAR. HE GOT THE 10TH HOMER WHICH LEADS THE TEAM LAST WEEK AGAINST SOUTH ALABAMA. >>Chris: BIG, STRONG KID LIKE WESTBURG. YOU THINK ABOUT THIS MIDDLE INFIELD. THAT’S NOT A COLLEGE MIDDLE INFIELD. THIS IS A COUPLE BIG, STRONG, PHYSICAL KIDS, AND HE’S THE FIRST PLAYER OF MISSISSIPPI STATE TO HIT 10 SINCE BROOKER LEFT. LIKE THAT TRIPLE-CROWN HIM. WHAT HE AND WESTBURG ARE DOING UP THE MIDDLE. A STAIRY MIDDLE INFIELD. >>Clay: KENLEY WILL HANDLE IT THERE. FIRST OUT OF THE SECOND INNING. YOU SEE ALMOST NINE RUNS PER GAME. 99 DOUBLES. THAT IS FIRST IN THE COUNTRY. THEY IS SIX DOUBLES SUNDAY AGAINST ALABAMA. >>Chris: THEY’RE DOING IT FACING THE BEST PITCHING IN THE COUNTRY. MOST FRIDAY NIGHTS IN THIS LEAGUE YOU’RE FACING A KID WHO IS GOING TO BE A PREMIUM MLB DRAFT PICK AND THEY STILL FIND THEMSELVES IN THE TOP FIVE IN AMERICA IN THOSE CATEGORIES. IT IS DEEP, IT IS TALENTED, AND WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE LINEUP, IT’S DIVERSE, IT’S NOT JUST A BUNCH OF DUDES HACKING. THEY CAN PUT THE BALL IN PLAY. THEY CAN RUN THE BASES. YOU’VE GOT SWITCH-HITTERS. THERE IS NO EASY FORMULA TO PITCH THIS TEAM. >>Clay: ONE OUT FOR ROWDEY JORDAN. AUBURN, ALABAMA NATIVE HITTING .275 ON THE YEAR, HE WILL PUT THIS DOWN THE FIRST BASE LINE FOR A FOUL. JORDAN LIKE A LOT OF THE GUYS IN THE LINEUP HAD A BIG SERIES AGAINST ALABAMA. FRESHMAN A AMERICAN LAST YEAR. WAS A BIG PART OF THAT COLLEGE WORLD SERIES RUN. >>Chris: GOT OFF TO A REALLY ROUGH START AND YOU NEVER QUITE KNOW COMING OFF A FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA CAMPAIGN HOW A KID IS GOING TO RESPOND. THEY THOUGHT MAYBE HE WAS TRYING TO DO A LITTLE TOO MUCH EARLY. >>Clay: THAT FOOLED HIM. ISAIAH CAMPBELL WITH THE OFF-SPEED PITCH GETS HIS SECOND STRIKEOUT. TWO DOWN IN THE SECOND. >>Chris: THAT WAS NASTY. THIS IS A HAMMER. ISAIAH CAMPBELL FEELING IT. PEST-STRIKEOUT STRUT FROM THE BIG FELLOW. THAT IS FILTHY. THE BOTTOM DROPPED OUT OF THAT HAMMER. WHAT YOU ARE SEEING WHAT MAKES CAMPBELL SO TOUGH. EASE VELOCITY INTO THE LOW TO MID 90’S. THE CUTTER. THE BREAKING BALL. WE HAVEN’T SEEN THE SPLIT YET. >>Clay: STRIKE TO SKELTON. HE LEARNED THAT SPLIT-FINGER THIS YEAR AS YOU WERE TOUCHING ON. IT HAS BEEN A DIFFERENCE MAKER FOR HIM. >>Chris: IT REALLY GIVES HIM SOMETHING FOR THE LEFTHANDERS ESPECIALLY. LOOK AT THAT. PLAYING CATCH AT 93 AFTER A 77-MILE-AN-HOUR BREAKING BALL AND ONE OF THE THINGS YOU WILL NOTICE WITH CAMPBELL, HE PITCHES WITH GREAT ANGLE. IT’S A BIG, HIGH RELEASE POINT. HE’S THROWING THAT BALL STRAIGHT DOWNHILL. >>Clay: WE GOT TO MEET DUSTIN SKELTON EARLIER. THAT PITCH IS INSIDE. 1-2. HE’S BEEN ON BASE IN 22 STRAIGHT GAMES. JUNIOR CATCHER FROM OLIVE BRANCH, MISSISSIPPI. THE 1-2 FROM CAMPAIGN. ANOTHER BREAKING BALL — 1-2 FROM CAMPBELL. BLAINE KNIGHT WAS THE ALL AMERICAN ACE LAST YEAR FOR ARKANSAS. >>Clay: ISAIAH CAMPBELL IS THE ACE THIS YEAR. HE’S BEENS A GOOD FRONT MAN ON THE WEEKEND ROTATION FOR THE HOGS. STRUCK HIM OUT. BACK-TO-BACK STRIKEOUTS IN THE SECOND FOR CAMPBELL. >>Chris: A COUPLE ACES TONIGHT, MR. MATVICK. AS GOOD AS ADVERTISED. ETHAN SMALL AND ISAIAH CAMPBELL. CAMPBELL WITH GAS. >>Clay: ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS WENT TO THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES FINALS A YEAR AGO. THEY’RE 9-6 N. IN THE WEST, A GAME OUT OF FIRST. THEY’VE WON THREE OF THEIR FIVE SERIES IN CONFERENCE, A FIVE-RUN NINTH INNING LAST WEEK IN NASHVILLE AVOIDED A SERIES SWEEP AT THE HAVENDZ THE COMMODORES AND RIGHT NOW, BURKEY, THAT LOOKS LIKE ONE OF THE BIGGEST WINS FOR THIS TEAM. >>Chris: NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. ONE THING ABOUT THIS LEAGUE IS YOU JUST CAN’T GET SWAGGER, YOU GO ON THE ROAD AGAINST A TOP 10 TEAM LIKE VANDERBILT, YOU WIN ONE, YOU WANT TO WIN ALL YOUR SERIES BUT IT LOOKED LIKE THEY WERE ABOUT TO GET SWEPT BUT IT SHOWS THE HEART OF THIS CLUB. THEY CAN REALLY HIT AND THE OFFENSE RESPONDED WITH A HUGE DAY. 14 RUNS AT VABLTS. >>Clay: IT WILL BE DOMINICK FLETCHER, HESTON KJERSTAD AND JACK KENLEY. 22 RUNS IN THE LAST TWO GAMES FOR THIS RAZORBACKS OFFENSE. THERE WAS A POINT HERE ONLY A COUPLE WEEKS AGO WHERE ARKANSAS WAS HAVING SOME TROUBLE DRIVING IN RUNS. CLUTCH HITS WEREN’T HAPPENING. IT FEELS LIKE THEY’VE GOT THEIR OFFENSE CLICKING AGAIN COMING INTO THE SERIES. >>Chris: MARTIN AND KJERSTAD HAVE IT GOING THE LAST MONTH OR SO. THEIR NUMBERS, HARD TO GO TOO FAR UP WITH HOW WELL THEY PLAYED LAST YEAR BUT I WOULD SAY NOT THE SEASON THEY HOPED TO HAVE TO THIS POINT, PLENTY OF BIG GAMES LEFT AND THE PRODUCTION IS FINE. I THINK HESTON KJERSTAD WOULD AGREE THAT IT’S MAYBE BEEN A LITTLE TOUGHER THAN HE WOULD ANTICIPATE IN HIS SOPHOMORE CAMPAIGN. THE NUMBERS LOOK GOOD. >>Clay: BALL AND A STRIKE TO THE 2018 FROM AMARILLO, TEXAS. >>Chris: JUST SCOURING THROUGH THE NUMBERS BEFORE THE SERIES, ONE THAT POPPED OUT TO ME, HESTOB KJERSTAD IN S.E.C. GAMES, NO WALKS, 20 PUNCHOUTS, SURPRISING FOR A HITTER AS BIG AND DANGEROUS AS HE IS. TO NOT HAVE A WALK IN S.E.C. GAMES. >>Clay: SECOND STRIKEOUT FOR ETHAN SMALL AND KJERSTAD WITH ANOTHER STRIKEOUT. >>Chris: WE SAW HIM CLIMB THE LADDER AND PUNCH OUT GOODHEART. HE’S NOT LIGHTING UP THE RADAR GUN BUT THAT FASTBALL PLAYS UP. >>Clay: TWO OUTS FOR KENLEY. JUNIOR FROM GERMANTOWN, TENNESSEE HAS BEEN THE EVERYDAY SECOND BASEMAN. HE WAS A ROLE PLAYER LAST YEAR FOR ARKANSAS BUT BECAUSE OF THE DEPARTURE OF THE GREAT CARSON SHANNEY AND THE SHOULDER PROBLEMS FOR EZOLE WHO THEY HAVE HAD TO PLAY AT FIRST THEY’VE MOVED KENLEY TO SECOND AND IT’S WORKING OUT. >>Chris: THIS IS A PREMIUM DEFENSIVE GUY AND HE’S GIVING THEM A LOT OF OFFENSE, HITTING OVER .300, SEVEN HOMERS, ALMOST 30 R.B.I.’S, A PRODUCTIVE HITTER AS WELL. SMALL MESSING WITH HIS TIMING. ONE OF THE THINGS I LOVE ABOUT ETHAN SMALL. YOU WILL SEE THE QUICK DELIVERY, YOU WILL SEE THE SLOW DELIVERY AND NOT ONLY IS HE PITCHING WITH STUFF AND COMMAND, HE’S ALSO CHANGING UP HIS TEMPO. >>Clay: HE’S BEEN DOMINATING LEFTHANDERS ALL YEAR AND SO FAR HE IS TONIGHT AS KENLEY POPS IT UP. IT’S GOING TO GET OUT OF PLAY. LEFT-HANDED HITTERS THIS SEASON AGAINST ETHAN SMALL, SIX FOR 67. THAT’S .089. ARKANSAS 0-3 TONIGHT FROM THE LEFT-HAND SIDE. >>Clay: ANOTHER STRIKEOUT. BACK-TO-BACK IN THIS INNING FOR SMALL, HE’S GOT THREE ON THE NIGHT AND THESE TWO STARTERS ARE OFF TO A GREAT START. JAKE MANGUM CHASING HISTORY. WE’RE GOING TO GO ON THE BUS WITH BURKEY AND JAKE WHEN WE COME BACK. >>WHEN DID YOU FIRST BECOME AWARE OF IT? I WASN’T AWARE OF IT UNTIL JANUARY, FEBRUARY, SOMEBODY BROUGHT IT TO MY ATTENTION. WHEN DID SOMEBODY FIRST BRING IT TO YOUR ATTENTION? HOW MUCH OF A DRIVING FACER HAS THAT BEEN? BOTH THE SCHOOL RECORD AND THE CONFERENCE RECORD. >>THE DAY I ANNOUNCED I WAS COMING BACK FOR MY SENIOR YEAR. MY COUSIN CALLED ME. MY COUSIN TAYLOR. A BIG REASON WHY I’M AT MISSISSIPPI STATE. HE’S LIKE HURRICANES MAN, I DON’T WANT TO PSYCH YOU OUT BEFORE THE SUPER REGIONALG AGAINST VANDERBILT BUT YOU CAN BREAK THE S.E.C. HITS RECORD NEXT YEAR AND I WAS LIKE HAD NO CLUE — I HAD NO IDEA BECAUSE I DIDN’T START THE WHOLE TIME I WAS A FRESHMAN. SOPHOMORE I HAD ONE HAND. I FIGURED THERE WAS SOMEBODY LIKE THAT HAD JUST DONE LIKE FURN — FURNISS 352 BUT IT KIND OF TOOK ME BY SURPRISE BUT I TELL YOU, THE MOST DIFFICULT THING IS THE DAY LIKE — OUR DAY AND AGE, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO SEE IT. NOT TO THINK ABOUT IT. IT’S TOUGH. I WILL SAY I’M READY FOR IT TO BE OVER WITH BUT IT’S BEEN CRAZY. >>Clay: MANGUM WITH A LEADOFF HIT TONIGHT. HE’S SIX AWAY FROM TYING EDDIE FURNISS, SEVEN FROM BREAKING THE ALL TIME S.E.C. HITS RECORD. YOU SET A RECORD AT TENNESSEE. YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH THIS BUT YOU WERE DOING IT IN A DIFFERENT GENERATION AND HE ALLUDED TO THIS, IT’S HARD TO GET AWAY FROM THIS BECAUSE OF SOCIAL MEDIA, RADIO AND TV, ALL THE GAMES ARE TELEVISED IN SOME FORM OR FASHION NOW AND HE HASN’T BEEN ABLE TO INSULATE HIMSELF. THERE ARE FANS WHO CARE.>>Chris: I APPRECIATED HIS HONESTY. YOU CAN TELL IT’S WEIGHED ON HIM. IT HASN’T SLOWED HIM DOWN. IT HASN’T AFFECTED HIS PLAY. IT’S CERTAINLY IN HIS THOUGHTS AND HE REALLY AS HE SAID CAN’T ESCAPE IT. OFF CAMERA I POINTED OUT TO HIM THAT DON’T PICK YOUR FEET UP BECAUSE ANTOINE DUPLANTIS IS CHASING IT AS WELL. THERE IS A GAP BETWEEN HIM AND DUPLANTIS BUT VERY OPEN WITH US ABOUT THE PURSUIT OF THAT RECORD. >>Clay: HE WILL STEP INTO THE BOX FOR THE SECOND TIME TONIGHT FACING ISAIAH CAMPBELL WHO HAS STRUCK OUT FOUR BULLDOGS IN A ROW. >>Chris: FOUR IN A ROW AGAINST A TEAM THAT HAS THE LEAST AMOUNT OF STRIKEOUTS IN THE SOUTH EASTERN CONFERENCE, IF YOU’RE WONDERING IF ISAIAH CAMPBELL IS ON HIS GAME TONIGHT, THAT SHOULD ANSWER THAT QUESTION. FIVE PUNCHOUTS THROUGH THE FIRST NINE HITTERS ON THE TEAM THAT STRIKES OUT THE LEAST IN THE SOUTH EASTERN CONFERENCE. >>Clay: JAKE MANGUM WITH HITS IN 80% OF THE GAMES HE HAS PLAYED IN HIS FOUR-YEAR CAREER AT MISSISSIPPI STATE. THE SENIOR FROM PEARL, MISSISSIPPI. HAS HIT IN 19 STRAIGHT GAMES. BALL AND A STRIKE TO MANGUM. >>Chris: THE DIFFICULTY, IS CHRIS LEMONIS GETTING ON TONY WALSH ABOUT IT AND WHEN HE’S THROWING THAT DOWN-ANGLE FASTBALL YOU’VE GOT TO GET THE BALL UP BECAUSE YOU DON’T WANT TO CHASE THE BREAKING BALL OR THE SPLIT IN THE DIRT, SO IF HE’S ABLE TO LOCATE THAT FASTBALL AT THE BOTTOM, TOO, IT MAKES IT VERY DIFFICULT. >>Clay: GROUND BALL TO THE SECOND BASEMAN, KENLEY. A 1-2-3 INNING. THE SECOND STRAIGHT FOR ISAIAH CAMPBELL. WHAT A PITCHING DUEL WE’VE GOT >>Clay: THIS WAS BEFORE THE GAME. CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH. THE NEW BASKETBALL COACH AT ARKANSAS. ERIC MUSSELMAN. THE NEW BENCH BOSS JOINS US UPSTAIRS. CONGRATULATIONS. >>THANK YOU. I DON’T KNOW ABOUT THAT PITCH. NEEDED TO BE HIGHER. >>Clay: WHAT’S IT BEEN LIKE? NOT EVEN TWO WEEKS ON THE JOB AND THE NEW MAN IN CHARGE OF THE PROGRAM. HOW HAS THE RECEPTION BEEN?>>IT’S BEEN INCREDIBLE, OBVIOUSLY. THE RAZORBACKS IN THIS STATE MEAN A TON AND THE FANS HAVE BEEN AWESOME AND I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET TO KNOW OUR PLAYERS. WE’VE HAD A GOOD WEEK OF PRACTICE. >>Clay: I UNDERSTAND YOUR FAMILY HAS TIES TO ARKANSAS. YOUR FATHER-IN-LAW LIVES HERE. >>YES. HE WAS BORN IN MAGNOLIA SO THERE IS A CONNECTION HERE FOR SURE. >>Chris: IT’S INTERESTING TO HEAR YOU SAY WE’VE HAD A GOOD WEEK OF PRACTICE. I THINK SO MANY OF US ARE EXHALING FROM THE INCREDIBLE MARCH MADNESS RUN THAT NCAA BASKETBALL PUTS ON EVERY YEAR BUT YOU’RE BACK AT IT. >>WE ARE. RIGHT NOW WE’RE ALLOWED FOUR HOURS DURING THE WEEK AND A LOT OF BASKETBALL TEAMS THIS TIME OF YEAR DO SKILL DEVELOPMENT BUT I FELT BECAUSE WE’RE A NEW STAFF — ONE STAFF, KIND OF — IT’S IMPORTANT TO LET THE PLAYERS KNOW WHAT OUR STYLE SYSTEM VERBIAGE WAS GOING TO BE. >>Chris: A BUNCH OF INSTALL NOW?>>A BUNCH OF INSTALL. WE WANT THEM TO HAVE FUN COMING TO THE GYM BUT WE’VE GOT A LOT OF ROOM TO MAKE UP WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT ALL THE GREAT COACHES IN THIS LEAGUE AND HOW THEIR PROGRAMS ARE ESTABLISHED AND WE’RE COMING IN NEW WITH A YOUNG TEAM TOO. LAST YEAR’S GROUP WAS REALLY YOUNG. GAINED A LOT OF EXPERIENCE. A LOT OF FRESHMEN AND SOPHOMORES ON THE ROSTER. >>Chris: YOU TALKED ABOUT THE LEAGUE. IT IS A DIFFERENT S.E.C. THESE DAYS. IT’S A DEEP LEAGUE. KENTUCKY HOLDS THE BANNER HIGH EVERY YEAR BUT YOU SAW WITH TENNESSEE AND AUBURN THIS YEAR THE LEAGUE IS MAYBE AS DEEP AS IT’S EVER BEEN AND THE S.E.C. WEST WAS PLAYING AT A REALLY HIGH — IN BASKETBALL YOU PLAY AS ONE BUT I GREW UP NOLAN RICHARDSON AND ARKANSAS BASKETBALL BEING ELITE. WHAT’S IT LIKE FOR YOU TO TRY TO RESTORE THEM?>>GROWING UP IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA I REMEMBER WEARING THREE BASKETBALL SHIRTS. UCLA, ARKANSAS WERE THE MAIN TWO AND THEN UNLV SO I KNOW THE HISTORY AND EVEN IN SAN DIEGO THOSE WERE THE THREE POWERHOUSES WHEN I WAS GROWING UP AND IN JUNIOR HIGH AND SO FORTH. >>Clay: IN FOUL GROUND, OPITZ FLY BALL LANDS HARMLESSLY IN FOUL GROUND. A SURE OUT THAT MISSISSIPPI STATE CAN’T GET. >>Chris: IT’S WESTBURG’S BALL. THE BALL GOING TO THE FOUL LINE TAILS BACK. YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR SHORTSTOP TO TAKE CONTROL OF THAT ONE. FREE SWING FOR ARKANSAS. NEW LIFE FOR OPITZ. THAT’S GOT TO BE WESTBURG’S BALL. HE’S GOT TO CALL IT. HE’S GOT TO WANT IT. YOU’RE THE SHORTSTOP. OPITZ HAS NEW LIFE. >>Clay: TALKING WITH NEW RAZORBACKS BASKETBALL COACH ERIC MUSSELMAN. WHO TOOK THE JOB WITH THE HOGS AFTER A GREAT RUN AT NEVADA. FOUR STRAIGHT STRIKEOUTS FOR ETHAN SMALL, COACH. YOU’VE GOT TO APPRECIATE THE EXCELLENCE WE’RE SEEING ON THE MOUND FOR BOTH TEAMS. >>TWO GREAT PROGRAMS WITH INCREDIBLE TRADITION. >>Chris: WHAT KIND OF PLAY ARE WE GOING TO HAVE?>>SIMILAR TO NEVADA. WHAT WE CALL POSITIONLESS BASKETBALL WHERE WE HAVE A LOT OF INTERCHANGEABLE PARTS. WE WOULD LIKE TO PLAY WITH PACE. SHOOT THREES. THAT HAS TO DO WITHA WHAT TYPE OF SHOOTERS YOU HAVE. EVERYBODY SAYS THEY WANT TO PLAY FAST BUT IT’S HARD TO DO THAT. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A COMMITMENT TO PLAY WITH A CERTAIN PACE. WE’VE NEVER PLAYED A SECOND OF ZONE IN FOUR YEARS AT NEVADA AND WE’LL STICK WITH THAT TRADITION AS WELL. >>Clay: FULL COURT?>>SOMETIMES 3/4 COURT. A FEW JUNK DEFENSES. FOR THE MOST PART WE’LL PLAY MAN-TO-MAN AN ENTIRE GAME AND LIKE TO DO SWITCHING ON DEFENSES PICK-AND-ROLLS AND SUCH. >>Chris: SOUNDS LIKE NBA STYLE.>>THAT’S WHAT I WAS RAISED ON THE RECRUITING PITCH IS WE HAVE THE SAME TERMINOLOGY THAT NBA TEAMS USE. IN THE NBA YOU’RE NOT GOING TO PLAY ZONE DEFENSE AND OUR QUICK-HITTER SETS ARE NBA SETS AS WELL. >>Clay: THERE SHOULD BE A LOT IN YOUR TOOLBOX. THE C.B.A., THE NBA, COLLEGE BASKETBALL. THERE IS A LOT OF EXPERIENCE IN YOUR CAREER. >>I’VE COACHED IN EVERY LEAGUE WITH EVERY LETTER IN THE ALPHABET. I HOPE I HAVE A LITTLE EXPERIENCE. >>Clay: THE PEOPLE HERE EMBRACED YOU. >>Chris: IT’S COOL THE RECEPTION AND I THINK THEY’RE EXCITED ABOUT A NEW ERA COMING IN AND OBVIOUSLY COACH ANDERSON DID A PHENOMENAL JOB. AND THEY HAVE A LOT OF YOUNG PIECES THAT WE’RE REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH. >>Chris: LET ME ASK YOU, AS WE’RE STARTING THE NBA PLAYOFFS, DO YOU THINK ANYBODY HAS A CHANCE TO BEAT THE WARRIORS?>>I THINK GOLDEN STATE IS THE TEAM TO BEAT BECAUSE OF THE SHOOTING AND THE SCORING AND HOW WELL THEY SPACE YOU OUT. >>Clay: WE WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK. ERIC MUSSELMAN, NEW HEAD COACH OF THE ARKANSAS MEN’S BABBLE TEAM. ETHAN SMALL STRIKING OUT THE SIDE. TALKING TO DAVE VAN HORN. YOU FACED HIM LAST YEAR BUT THERE DEFINITELY SEEMS TO BE A NEW FINISH TO HAHEATER. >>WE HOPE SO, ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE YOU’VE GOT TO PHYSICALLY SEE IT AND MAKE ADJUSTMENTS. WE’VE GOT TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS OR WE’RE IN TROUBLE. >>Clay: DAVE VAN HORN. 24 ALL-AMERICANS. 101 PLAYERS THAT HE HAS SEEN BE DRAFTED DURING HIS TIME AT ARKANSAS. HE’S DEVELOPED TENNESSEE IN THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES. >>Chris: WON AT EVERY LEVEL. SEVEN COLLEGE WORLD SERIES. TWO AT NEBRASKA. FIVE HERE AT ARKANSAS. ONLY ONE LOSE SEASON EVER AS A HEAD COACH. ONE OF THE GREAT WINNERS IN COLLEGE BASEBALL. >>Clay: HIS STARTER TONIGHT, ISAIAH CAMPBELL, HAS BEEN VERY GOOD AS WELL. HE’S GOT A 2-1 COUNT ON WEST BURG WHO STRUCK OUT LOOKING HIS FIRST TIME UP. A STRIKE ON THE OUTSIDE CORNER. 2-2. >>Chris: THIS IS A PERFECT RECIPE FOR A TRUE PITCHER SHOWDOWN. TONY WALSH, AN OLD-SCHOOL UMPIRE THAT LIKES TO CALL STRIKES, TWO GUYS THAT ARE RAZOR-SHARP. >>Clay: COOL TEMPERATURES AND SOME WIND. >>Chris: YEAH. >>Clay: MAKES IT HARDER ON THE HITTERS. THERE IS ANOTHER STRIKEOUT LOOKING. THE LAST THREE STRIKEOUTS FOR CAMPBELL HAVE BEEN LOOKING. ONE DOWN. >>Chris: MISSISSIPPI STATE DUGOUT DOESN’T LIKE IT BUT YOU’VE GOT TO SWING THE BAT. I THINK IF YOU ASK ISAIAH CAMPBELL HE WOULD TELL YOU THAT’S A MISTAKE AND REQUEST TWO STRIKES THAT ONE NEEDS TO BE OFFERED AT. I APPRECIATE CHRIS LEMONIS FIGHTING FOR HIS GUYS BUT I THINK JORDAN WESTBURG WHEN HE SEES THE REPLAY WILL AGREE HE’S GOT TO BUT THE TRIGGER ON THAT ONE. >>Clay: TANNER ALLEN HAS ONE OF THE TWO HITS FOR MISSISSIPPI STATE. THIS ONE IS IN ON THE HANDS AND IT’S GOING TO SPIN BACK OUT OF PLAY. BOTH OF THE HITS FOR THE DOGS CAME IN THE FIRST INNING. LEADOFF SINGLE BY MANGUM. HE WAS PICKED OFF. THEN ALLEN WAS STRANDED IN THE FIRST INNING. BUT SINCE THEN MISSISSIPPI STATE HASN’T BEEN ABLE TO TOUCH CAMPBELL. >>Chris: NO, IT’S BEEN CRUISE CONTROL SINCE THAT POINT AND HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU SAID IT THAT OFTENTIMES THE BEST TIME TO GET AN ACE IS RIGHT OUT OF THE GATE AND THAT PICK-OFF THERE WITH MANGUM MIGHT PROVE TO BE A BIG PLAY IN THIS BALLGAME BECAUSE HE WOULD HAVE GONE FIRST TO THIRD ON THE BASE HIT BY ALLEN. SDPULD HAVE HAD McNAMEE UP WITH A CHANCE TO DRIVE IN A RUN. IT’S CERTAINLY A BIG PLAY BASED ON THE WAY BOTH THESE PITCHERS HAVE SETTLED IN.>>Clay: THAT’S FLIPPED FOUL AS ALLEN SPOILS THAT PITCH. >>Chris: I LOVE THAT MOVE. THAT IS THE ART OF SPOILING A PITCH. GREAT WORK BY YOU AND THE ABILITY TO FIGHT A BALL OFF. HE WAS NOT LOOKING FASTBALL BUT STILL ABLE TO WASTE IT. >>Clay: THAT BREAKING BALL STAYS HIGH. 2-2. >>Chris: I DON’T LIKE THE PITCH CALL. IF A GUY FOULS A FASTBALL OFF THAT LATE YOU WOULD THINK YOU WOULD GO BACK TO IT, I WOULD CROWD HIM UP AND IN. CAMPBELL GOT LUCKY HE DIDN’T THROW THAT BREAKING BALL OVER BECAUSE I THINK THAT’S WHAT ALLEN IS LOOKING FOR HERE. >>Clay: FLY BALL LEFT SIDE. A TOUGH PLAY AGAIN. THE THIRD BASEMAN OUT THERE. THE LEFT FIELDER, FRANKLIN SEES IT DROP IN FRONT OF HIM. A FLUKE BASE HIT WITH ONE OUT IN THE FOURTH FOR ALLEN. >>Chris: NEITHER SHORTSTOP WANTS TO CATCH ONE THESE BALLS. CASEY MARTIN IS RIGHT UNDERNEATH THAT BASEBALL. RAN RIGHT TO IT AND RIGHT BEFORE THE BALL GETS TO HIM CHOOSES NOT TO CATCH IT. CASEY MARTIN HAS A BEAD ON THIS BALL ALL THE WAY, HE’S UNDERNEATH IT AND CHOOSES NOT TO CATCH IT AND I NEVER SAW FRANL FRANKLIN CALL IT. FRANKLIN COULD HAVE MADE THE PLAY. I EXPECT A LOT OUT OF THESE SHORTS. BOTH THESE KIDS ARE UBER-TALENTED AND BOTH HAD CHANCES TO MAKE PLAYS AND NEITHER ONE OF THEM OFFERED AT THE BALL. >>Clay: BASE RUNNER FOR McNAMEE. MARTIN HAS 14 ERRORS ON THE YEAR. THE MOST IN THE S.E.C. THAT’S NOT AN ERROR, OBVIOUSLY. >>Chris: NO. >>Clay: IT HAS THE SAME KIND OF IMPACT BECAUSE YOU’VE GOT A BASE RUNNER. >>Chris: A BAH THAT SHOULD BE CAUGHT. IT WON’T GO DOWN STATISTICALLYANS ERROR BUT — >>Clay: FIELDING HAS NOT BEEN SHARP LATELY FOR ARKANSAS. 13 ERRORS IN THE LAST NINE GAMES. TWO STRIKES. >>Chris: McNAMEE WAS ALL OVER THAT ONE AND YOU KNOW THERE ARE MARTIN LEADS THE LEAGUE BRINGING THE TEAM DEFENSE DOWN AND MARTIN IS A CRAZY HIGH-END ATHLETE, A KID THAT SOME PEOPLE PROJECTED COMING INTO THE SEASON COULD BE THE NUMBER ONE PICK IN THE DRAFT NEXT YEAR. THAT TALENTED A KID. HE’S SHOWN FLASHES AND THE PRODUCTION IS THERE ON OFFENSE EVEN THOUGH IT’S BEEN INCONSISTENT BUT THE DEFENSE STILL HAS A WAYS TO GO AND A PLAY LIKE THAT IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF WHERE HE IS STILL COMING INTO HIS OWN AS A TRUE CAPTAIN OF THE INFIELD. >>Clay: GROUND BALL. IT WILL BE TOUGH TO TURN TWO. THEY’RE GOING TO GET ONE AT FIRST. McNAMEE IS OUT. ALLEN TO SECOND ON THE PLAY AND HE WILL BE IN SCORING POSITION FOR FOSCUE HERE IN THE FOURTH. BOTH OF THESE TEAMS WERE IN OMAHA LAST YEAR. SO WAS FLORIDA. THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES HAD A BIG S.E.C. FEEL. IT COULD AGAIN. >>Chris: ALMOST ALWAYS DOES. >>Clay: D-I BASEBALL NOW IS PREDICTING VANDY, GEORGIA, MISSISSIPPI STATE AS NATIONAL SEEDS AND YOU’VE GOT ARKANSAS, TEXAS A&M AS HOSTS FOR THE NATIONAL TOURNAMENT IF IT WERE TO START RIGHT NOW BUT WE’RE ONLY AT THE MIDWAY POINT OF THE S.E.C. REGULAR SEASON. >>Chris: SOME POLLS HAVE SIX OF THE CERTAIN WESTERN DIVISION TEAMS RANKED. THAT’S HOW DEEP THIS DIVISION OF THIS CONFERENCE IS. IT IS A WAR EVERY WEEKEND WHEN THESE CLUBS MATCH UP AGAINST EACH OTHER AND WE’RE SEEING THAT FRONT AND CENTER THIS EVENING WITH TWO OF THE MOST TALENTED ARMS IN AMERICA GOING TOE TO TOE. >>Clay: FIRST BASE RUNNER IN SCORING POSITION HERE TONIGHT. AS YOU LOOK AT ALL OF THE NATIONAL TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES. FOR ARKANSAS. 30 OVERALL. FLY BALL. RIGHT SIDE. KJERSTAD, THE RIGHT FIELDER COMING TOWARD THE LINE AND MAKES THE CATCH TO END THE INNING. ALLEN IS STRANDED. >>Clay: GREAT START TO THIS ONE AS YOU ARE WATCHING THE S.E.C. ON ESPN. WE GO TO THE BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH INNING IN A SCORELESS GAME. LET’S BRING IN CHRIS LEMONIS. >>Chris: LEM, BUDDY, FIRST TIME HEAD COACH IN THIS LEAGUE, WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED NOW HALFWAY THROUGH YOUR FIRST RUN THROUGH THE SOUTH EASTERN CONFERENCE?>>IT’S NEVER EASY. WEEKEND AFTER WEEKEND YOU’RE PLAYING THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY IN THE BEST PARKS AND EVEN IN GAMES WHERE WE’VE HAD LEADS THERE IS NEVER AN EASY GAME. YOU HAVE TO FIGHT TO THE FINISH ON EVERYTHING. >>Chris: ISAIAH CAMPBELL HAS SETTLED IN NICELY. WHAT ARE THEY SAYING IN THE DUGOUT? WHAT’S THE APPROACH SECOND TIME THROUGH?>>JUST TO COMPETE. HE’S MAKING GOOD PITCHES. IT’S THREE PITCHES WE’RE HAVING A HARD TIME WITH AND CUTTER SEEMS TO BE THE BEST PITCH FOR HIM. GOT TO STAY ON A COUPLE OF BALLS AND HIT THEM AND HOPEFULLY PUT A COUPLE OF AT-BATS TOGETHER. >>Clay: CHRIS LEMONIS, THREE NCAA TOURNAMENTS IN FOUR YEARS AT INDIANA. NOW HAS THE JOB IN STARKVILLE. BEFORE HE WAS IN STARKVILLE HE HELPED HIS BUDDY AT LOUISVILLE GET TO THREE WORLD SERIES AS HIS TOP ASSISTANT. HE HAS A LOT OF EXPERIENCE COMING INTO THIS JOB. >>Chris: HE’S HUNG HIS HAT ON RECRUITING. THE TEAMS AT LOUISVILLE WERE AS TALENTED AS ANYBODY IN AMERICA AND THEY REWROTE WHAT MAYBE THE TRADITIONAL DEFINITION OF A RECRUITING HOTBED BECAUSE THEY WERE WINNING CONSISTENTLY WITH PLAYERS FROM KENTUCKY AND INDIANA AND OHIO AND WISCONSIN AND ILLINOIS, PENNSYLVANIA. MOST PEOPLE DIDN’T THINK YOU COULD WIN WITH PLAYERS FROM THAT PART OF THE COUNTRY. THEY WENT OUT THERE AND NOT ONLY WON, THEY WON IF THE BIG EAST, THEY WON IN THE A.A.C. AND THEN WENT TO THE A.C.C. AND CONTINUED TO WIN AT THAT CRAZY HIGH LEVEL AND THAT PROPELLED LEMONIS TO BECOME THE NEXT HEAD COACH THEA INDIANA AND HE WENT TO THE BIG TEN AND DID AS YOU SAID A FANTASTIC JOB TAKING OVER, THAT LANDED HIM ONE OF THE PREMIER JOBS IN COLLEGE BASEBALL AS JOHN COHEN TABBED HIM TO BE THE MISSISSIPPI STATE HEAD COACH AND YOU CAN WHY WHY HE WAS SOUGHT AFTER WITH HOW THEY’RE PLAYING THIS YEAR. >>Clay: THE THIRD BASEMAN HAS IT AND TREVOR EZELL IS RETIRED. THAT IS 10 IN A ROW SET DOWN BY ETHAN SMALL. WHO HAS SIX STRIKEOUTS ON THE NIGHT AND 100 ON THE YEAR. SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR HE HAS TOPPED 100 K’S ON A SEASON. >>Chris: I DON’T KNOW WHERE THE CEILING IS BECAUSE IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT HE KEEPS DOING TO SOME OF THE BEST OFFENSES IN AMERICA YOU’RE LOOKING AT A CAREER THAT COULD END UP AROUND 150 PUNCHOUTS. HE’S ON THAT KIND OF A ROLL. >>Clay: SWING AND A MISS FROM CASEY MARTIN WHO GROUNDED OUT TO SHORT IN THE FIRST INNING. >>Chris: FIRST-PITCH CHANGE-UP. WE’RE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH. HE’S GOT SIX PUNCHOUTS. I THINK THAT’S THE FIRST CHANGE-UP WE HAVE SEEN TONIGHT. >>Clay: A STRIKE. >>Chris: TELL YOU, THE RHYTHM THAT HE ESTABLISHES ON THE MOUND IS INSANE TO SEE HOW HE IS ABLE TO KEEP THAT RHYTHM EVEN THOUGH HE CHANGES HIS TEMPO CONSTANTLY. WATCH THAT LEG KICK. SOMETIMES IT’S A QUICK ONE. SOMETIMES IT’S A HANGER. >>Clay: JUST BLEW IT BY CASEY MARTIN. THAT WAS 93 ON THE GUN. >>Chris: GRABBED SOMETHING EXTRA THERE. FIRST-PITCH CHANGE-UP ON A QUICK-PITCH CHANGE-UP THEN HE GOES FASTBALL, FASTBALL. THIS ONE HE HANGS A LITTLE BIT AT THE TOP AND THEN GAS. TRYING TO CLIMB THE LADDER. THAT’S RIGHT DOWN BROADWAY. RIGHT PAST ONE OF THE MOST TALENTED HITTERS IN THE LEAGUE. >>Clay: HE WILL DEAL AGAIN 21 OF THE MOST TALENTED HITTERS AT LEAST AS THIS SEASON HAS GONE. MATT GOODHEART. >>Chris: CERTAINLY ONE OF THE HOTTEST. >>Clay: HE STRUCK OUT SWINGING AGAINST SMALL BACK IN THE FIRST.>>Chris: ANOTHER CHANGE OF TEMPO. SWING AND MISS. FASTBALL. TALKING ABOUT A KID HITTING .480 IN THE S.E.C., TWO PITCHES, TWO FASTBALLS AND HAS COME UP WITH NOTHING. NOT EVEN A FOUL TIP. >>Clay: GOODHEART AT AN EVEN .400 ON THE YEAR. THE LEFTIES HAVE REALLY STRUGGLED AGAINST SMALL SO FAR. >>Chris: THERE IS A GOOD TAKE. THAT’S THE ONE THAT GOT HIM LAST TIME. >>Clay: MISSISSIPPI STATE TEAM E.R.A. COMING INTO THE NIGHT 3.20, FIFTH BEST IN THE S.E.C. THE WAY THIS THING IS GOING, THAT STANDS TO IMPROVE. MAYBE SIGNIFICANTLY. BACK TO THE MESH. ALL GOODHEART COULD DO. GOODHEART A JUNIOR AND SENIOR AT MAGNOLIA HIGH SCHOOL IN THE SOUTHWESTERN PART OF THE STATE. HE’S BEEN A GREAT FIT FOR THE HOGS THIS YEAR. FLB. RIGHT FIELD. McNAMEE COMING OVER, CALLED OFF BY MANGUM. THERE IS GOOD OUTFIELD COMMUNICATION AND PLAY. THE END OF THE INNING. YOU >>Chris: LOCKED UP WITH THE BREAKING BALL. REALLY GOOD DOWN-ANGLE HEATER UP TO 94 MILES AN HOUR. IT HAS BEEN A NIGHT OF ACE VERSUS ACE, CAMPBELL SHOWING THE BREAKING BALL. GET ME OVER ONE RIGHT THERE. THEN HE CAN THROW THE FASTBALL OFF OF THAT. STARTING THIS A.B. WITH RILEY JORDAN. HE — WITH ROWLEY JORDAN. HE CAN CHANGE SHAPE OF HIS BREAKING BALL. WE HAVEN’T SEEN A TON OF THE SPLIT TONIGHT WHICH HAS BEEN A JUMP FOR HIM THIS YEAR ESPECIALLY AGAINST LEFTHANDERS. >>Clay: HE HASN’T NEEDED T. >>Chris: NO, HE’S BEEN GOOD WITH THE FASTBALL AND THE BREAKING BALL. >>Clay: JORDAN, SKELTON AND HATCHER, SIX, SEVEN AND EIGHT FOR MISSISSIPPI STATE. THEY HAVE HAD THREE BASE RUNNERS TONIGHT AGAINST CAMPBELL. YOU CAN SEE THAT ETHAN SMALL HASN’T ALLOWED A HIT YET. HASN’T ALLOWED A BASE RUNNER. HE HAS SEVEN STRIKEOUTS. JORDAN STRUCK OUT SWINGING HIS ONLY TIME UP. >>Clay: SOPHOMORE FROM AUBURN, ALABAMA HITTING .273. HE WILL TAKE THAT ONE INSIDE. 1-2. >>Clay: THAT ONE IS HIT WELL. DOWN THE LINE. LONG RUN. KJERSTAD WATCHES IT SAIL INTO THE BULLPEN. ROW DEY JORDAN. MISSISSIPPI STATE GETS THE FIRST RUN OF THE GAME ON A LONG SHOT BY JORDAN. >>Chris: THAT IS THE FIRST HOME RUN ALLOWED THIS YEAR BY ISAIAH CAMPBELL, AND WHAT A BIG ONE ON A NIGHT WHERE HIS PITCHER IS RED HOT. HE GOES DOWN AND GETS A BREAKING BALL. LOOK AT HIP STAY ON HIS LEGS AND LAUNCH THAT BREAKING BALL OVER THE RIGHT FIELD WALL. MISSISSIPPI STATE STRIKES FIRST.>>Clay: SUCH A BIG RUN. IN A GAME LIKE TONIGHT WHERE RUNS WOULD BE AT A PREMIUM AND THAT MAY BE THE ONLY RUN, WE’LL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE, A TURNING POINT IN THIS BASEBALL GAME AS JORDAN LEAVES THE YARD. >>Chris: ISAIAH CAMPBELL HAD NOT GIVEN UP A HOME RUN SINCE LAST YEAR AT THE S.E.C. TOURNAMENT. >>Clay: OVER 70 INNINGS. >>Chris: THAT’S ONE OF THOSE STREAKS YOU KNOW CAN’T LAST FOREVER BUT CERTAINLY AN INOPPORTUNE TIME IF YOU’RE A RAZORBACK FAN. >>Clay: 2-1 TO DUSTIN SKELTON. ALSO A STRIKEOUT VICTIM HIS ONLY TIME UP. >>Chris: IT’S THE BREAKING BALL RUNNING BACK INTO THE BARREL OF JORDAN THAT HE GIVES IT UP AND I’M SURPRISED WE HAVEN’T SEEN MORE SPLITS TONIGHT ESPECIALLY NOW WE’RE TWO TIMES THROUGH THE ORDER AND I’M SURE THERE WILL BE SOME CONVERSATION ABOUT THAT IN THE DUGOUT ANY TIME YOU GIVE UP A HOPER. THERE WILL BE A CONVERSATION ABOUT PITCH SELECTION. >>Clay: HE HAS DEFINITELY BEEN RELYING ON HIS BREAKING BALL. HIS CURVEBALL HAS BEEN DEVASTATING AT TIMES. I’M SURE THAT’S PART OF IT. IF THAT’S WORKING SO WELL AND I DON’T NEED THE OTHER ONE. A STRIKEOUT. 88 MILES AN HOUR OUT OF THE ZONE, SKELTON CHASED IT AND THERE IS ONE DOWN. OUR COVERAGE OF THE NBA PLAYOFFS. OUR WE’LL TELL BUT THAT NEXT. >>Chris: CLIMBING THE LADDER ON A FASTBALL. SETTLING DOWN NICELY AFTER THE HONOR. >>Clay: SEVEN STRIKEOUTS TONIGHT FOR CAMPBELL. HERE IS JOSH HATCHER. STRUCK OUT LOOKING IN THE THIRD. A LOT OF SIMILARITIES BETWEEN CAMPBELL AND SMALL. THEY’RE BOTH JUNIORS. A LOT OF STRIKEOUTS. BOTH MISSED 2017 WITH INJURIES. BOTH TURNED DOWN PRO CONTRACTS LAST YEAR AFTER GETTING DRAFTED. BOTH WILL BE DRAFTED AGAIN. BOTH AT ONE TIME WERE BEING TUTORED BY WES JOHNSON WHO IS NOW THE PITCHING COACH OF THE MINNESOTA TWINS. WHAT HAVE YOU SEEN TONIGHT AS FAR AS SIMILARITIES THAT MAYBE WE CAN TIE BACK TO JOHNSON BETWEEN CAMPBELL AND SMALL?>>Chris: I DON’T KNOW NECESSARILY THAT I WOULD TIE THEM BACK TO JOHNSON. YOU CAN TELL FOUR-YEAR PLAYERS THAT THE GAME HAS SLOWED DOWN FOR BOTH OF THEM. THEY HAVE A TREMENDOUS PRESENCE THAT THERE IS A BELIEF IN WHO THEY ARE AND WHAT THEY’RE DOING, LAST YEAR SMALL THREW BREAKING BALLS BUT SCOTT EVEN THOUGH IT’S A DIFFERENT ATTACK MODE WITH THE DIVERSITY OF HIS ARSENAL HAS THAT CALMNESS OF WHO HE IS AND WHAT WORKS BEST FOR HIM AND YOU SEE BOTH GUYS HAVE DEVELOPED INTO TRUE ACES. LAST YEAR THEY WERE NUMBER TWOS BEHIND BLAINE KNIGHT AND CONNOR PILKINGTON. AND NOW THEY’RE BOTH ACES. >>Clay: NESBIT WELL PLAYED. WE’RE TALKING NBA. PLAYOFFS FRIDAY. TOMORROW WITH A TRIO OF GAME THREES. RAPTORS-MAGIC. >>Chris: I THINK DANE PUSHED HIM DOWN. TWO OF THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS GOING TOE TO TOE. >>Clay: I LIKE WESTBROOK WHEN HE GETS A GROUCH ON. HE’S A JUNKYARD DOG. I LIKE THAT ABOUT HIS GAME. >>Chris: DAMIAN LILLARD DOESN’T GET TALKED AS MUCH ABOUT BEING IN PORTLAND BUT HE’S SPECIAL. >>Clay: NICE TO TALK TO ERIC MUSSEL MAN A LITTLE ABOUT THE NBA, MORE ABOUT COLLEGE, HIS NEW DIGS IN FAYETTEVILLE AND FOLKS IN TOWN ARE EXCITED TO HAVE HIM. HE GIVES UP A SOLO HOME RUN BUT ISAIAH CAMPBELL GETS THE NEXT THREE BULLDOGS IN ORDER. WE’VE GOT A LEADER NOW. MISSISSIPPI STATE. THANKS TO THE SOLO HOME RUN BY ROWDEY JORDAN. >>Chris: WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT ETHAN SMALL’S RHYTHM ALL NIGHT LONG. A DOUBLE HITCH AT THE TOP. THAT WILL THROW YOU FOR A LOOP IF YOU’RE A HITTER. THE QUICK ONE. HE DOESN’T LIFT HIS LEG AT ALL. THEM HERE A LONG PAUSE. IT ADDS TO THE DECEPTION OF ETHAN SMALL AND TALKS ABOUT HOW COMFORTABLE HE IS WITH WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE NEEDS TO BE SUCCESSFUL, COMFORTABLE ENOUGH TO CHANGE UP HIS RHYTHM ON ALMOST EVERY PITCH. >>Clay: HE PITCHES WITH THE LEAD. 1-0 MISSISSIPPI STATE AS FLETCHER, KSHGS JERSTAD AND KENLEY WILL BAT — FLETCHER, KJERSTAD AND KENLEY WILL BAT. >>Chris: THROWS SO MANY FASTBALLS THAT WHEN HE FINALLY DOES SPIN ONE YOU WILL SEE UNCOMFORTABLE AT-BATS FROM FLETCHER WHO WAS GETTING IT STARTED WITH THE HEATER. >>Clay: GROUND BALL. THAT’S GOING TO BE THE FIRST BASE HIT FOR ARKANSAS. AN OPPOSITE-FIELD SINGLE TO LEAD OFF THE FIFTH FOR DOMINIC FLETCHER. >>Chris: THE HOME CROWD FIRED UP TO SEE SOMETHING. HOW ABOUT CONTROL THE BARREL. A FASTBALL AT THE TOP OF THE ZONE AND GETS THE BARREL TO THE BACK OF IT TO BREAK UP THE NO-HITTER AND GET ARKANSAS SOMETHING GOING HERE. >>Clay: HESTON KJERSTAD AT THE PLATE FOR THE HOGS. TRYING TO TAKE THE LEAD BACK FOR ARKANSAS. KJERSTAD STRUCK OUT HIS FIRST TIME UP. DOMINIC FLETCHER NOT A BIG THREAT TO STEAL. JUST ONE STOLEN BASE ON THE YEAR IN TWO ATTEMPTS. >>Chris: WHICH DOESN’T MAKE A TON OF SENSE FOR HOW ATHLETIC HE IS BECAUSE ARKANSAS HAS 50 BAGS ON THE YEAR. >>Clay: MORE THAN THEY DID LAST YEAR. THEY RANKED NEAR BOTTOM IN THE COUNTRY LAST YEAR IN STOLEN BASES. THEY ONLY HAD 39 ALL OF LAST YEAR. LIKE YOU SAID, OVER 50 THIS YEAR ALREADY. THAT ONE IS IN THE DIRT. KNOCKED DOWN BY SKELTON. IT DIDN’T TAKE MUCH TO GET THIS CROWD INTO IT AND TO SHIFT THE MOMENTUM BACK IN FAVOR OF ARKANSAS. >>Chris: YEAH. WHEN YOU GET A GUY LIKE KJERSTAD UP TO BAT THERE IS A CHANCE TO TAKE THE LEAD NOW THAT YOU HAVE SOMEBODY ON BASE. >>Clay: 2-2. NOW THAT ETHAN SMALL IS PITCHING OUT OF THE STRETCH FOR THE FIRST TIME, BURKEY, AND YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT THAT HIGH LEG PAUSE. THAT THROWS HIM OUT OF HIS RHYTHM PAUS HE CAN’T USE THAT PITCHING OUT OF THE STRETCH. >>Chris: HE COULD GET TO THE TOP AND HANG IF HE WANTED TO, I WOULDN’T PUT IT PAST HIM BUT YEAH, ANY TIME YOU GET A PITCHER OUT OF THE STRETCH WHO HASN’T BEEN IN IT YOU GET THEM OUT OF THEIR COMFORT ZONE FOR SURE, IF HE PAINTS A FASTBALL ON KJERSTAD. >>Clay: IT STAYS A BIG STRIKE ZONE FOR TONY WALSH. >>Chris: AGAIN. A PERFECT COMBINATION TONIGHT FOR PUNCHOUTS AND KJERSTAD MAYBE GOT CAUGHT LOOKING FOR THE BREAKING BALL AS YOU SEE A PAINTED FASTBALL ON THE UPPER AND INSIDE PART OF THE STRIKE ZONE. I THINK 10Y WALSH GOT THAT ONE RIGHT. IS THAT THE SPIN RATE? HE HAS A LOT OF UPPER QUADRANTS.>>Chris: HE DOES, THAT FASTBALL HAS A TON OF FINISH, A HIGH END SPEED HEATER, HE’S IN THE 2300, 2400 R.P.M.’S WITH THAT FASTBALL WHICH IS CERTAINLY ABOVE AVERAGE BUT I THINK MORE THAN THAT IS THE DECEPTION AND THE XHENGZ ON THE FASTBALL. NUMBER ONE ON THE MISSISSIPPI STATE STAFF WITH EXTENSION TO HOPE PLATE. THAT 91-92 PROBABLY FEELS MORE LIKE 94-95 AND THEN HAS THE FINISH WITH THE HIGH SPIN RATE. >>Clay: YOU WERE TALKING BEFORE THE GAME ABOUT YOUR PITCHER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATES. ETHAN SMALL IS ON YOUR LIST AT THE HALFWAY MARK OF THE REGULAR SEASON. >>Chris: IT IS A CROWDED LEADERBOARD. HANCOCK ON BEFORE US WENT EIGHT INNINGS, 11 PUNCHOUTS, NO WALKS AND HE LEADS THE LEAGUE IN INNINGS PITCHED. ETHAN SMALL LEADS THE LEAGUE IN STRIKEOUTS. BOTH HAVE A MINIS CUE E.R.A. HOVERING RIGHT AROUND ONE. THOSE TWO DEFINITELY LOOK LIKE THEY ARE IN IT. >>Clay: THAT’S OFF THE PLATE. 1-1 TO JACK KENLEY WHO STRUCK OUT IN THE SECOND. ONE OF THE EIGHT STRIKEOUT VICTIMS FOR SMALL. >>Chris: YOU WONDER — AND I KNOW COLLEGE THEY DON’T HAVE QUITE THE OPTIONS SOMETIMES WITH THEIR ROSTER AND WITH THEIR LINEUP. YOU THINK ABOUT ETHAN SMALL’S NUMBERS WITH THESE LEFTHANDERS AND IT’S SURPRISING THAT DAVE VAN HORN DECIDED TO STACK FOUR LEFTIES UP IN A ROW. GOODHEART, FLETCHER, KJERSTAD AND KENLEY IN A ROW, LEFT-HANDED, AND IT’S CERTAINLY A TALL TASK FOR THIS PART OF THE LINEUP PAUS THE STUFF OF ETHAN SMALL. >>Clay: FLETCHER AT FIRST WHO GETS THE FIRST HIT OF THE NIGHT FOR ARKANSAS FROM THAT LEFT-HAND SIDE. HE’S ON WITH ONE OUT IN THE ARKANSAS FIFTH. RAZORBACKS TRAILING BY A RUN THANKS TO A ROWDEY JORDAN HOMER LAST INNING FOR MISSISSIPPI STATE. BULLDOGS LEADING S.E.C. WEST BY A HAV GAME COMING INTO THE WEEKEND. POPPED UP. LEFT SIDE AGAIN. JORDAN OVER THERE. COMING, AND HE WILL MAKE THE CATCH IN FOUL GROUND. HERE ARE YOUR PITCHER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATES. TALKED ABOUT EMERSON HANCOCK GETTING HIS SEVENTH WIN OF THE NIGHT. >>Chris: THE BATTING AVERAGE, AS YOU LOOK AT E.R.A., WHAT HE’S DOING TO KEEP MISSOURI IN THE POSTSEASON CONVERSATION. LACEY SECOND BEHIND ETHAN SMALL. THREE OF THOSE FOUR ARE LEFTIES. WE’VE GOT INCREDIBLE LEFTHANDERS IN THE LEAGUE THIS YEAR. ASA LACY, HAD A COACH IN THE LEAGUE COMPARE HIM TO DAVID PRICE. HE DIDN’T SAY HE WAS GOING TO BE DAVID PRICE BUT HE SAID THE STUFF IS DAVID PRICE-LIKE, YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT THREE LEFTHANDERS THAT ALL HAVE AND IN THE IMMEDIATE, LACEY IS A SOPHOMORE TOO BUT I THINK HANCOCK HAS A GOOD CHANCE TO GO FIRST IN THE DRAFT. >>Clay: COMING OFF THE LOSS TO TENNESSEE LAST WEEK, LOOKING TO BOUNCE BACK. HANCOCK LIKE ETHAN SMALL, LIKE ISAIAH CAMPBELL AND YOU RUN THEM OUT THERE AND IT IS ALMOST A GUARANTEED W. >>Chris: YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE GOING TO BE IN IT LATE IN THE GAME WITH A CHANCE TO WIN AND IF YOUR OFFENSE PUTS FOUR OR FIVE YOU’RE GOING TO WIN THE GAME. EXCEPT FOR WHEN THEY MATCH UP AGAINST EACH OTHER. >>Clay: THAT’S THE CASE IN THE TOP 10 HEAD TO HEAD AND ISAIAH CAMPBELL HAS PITCHED SO WELL THE LAST TWO OUTINGS. LAST WEEK AGAINST VANDERBILT. THIS WEEK SO FAR AGAINST MISSISSIPPI STATE. HE’S BEHIND. >>Chris: LAST WEEK 7 2/3, TWO RUNS. GOT THE LOSS. AGAINST DRAKE FELLOWS WHO WASN’T ON THAT LIST EITHER. 7-0 FOR VANDERBILT. >>Clay: THIS ONE HIT FAIRLY DEEP BUT IN THE BALLPARK. JORDAN HAS IT MEASURED AND HE WILL MAKE THE CATCH. FOR THE THIRD OUT. FLETCHER GETS THE FIRST HIT FOR ARKANSAS BUT HE IS STRANDED. MANGUM COMING BACK IN. HE WILL LEAD OFF THE SIXTH INNING FOR MISSISSIPPI STATE. WHY DID HE COME BACK, CHRIS BURKE? I THINK YOU’RE GOING TO QUET GET THE ANSWER. LET’S GO BACK ON THE BUS. >>Chris: WHAT WAS THE MAIN REASON YOU DECIDED TO COME BACK FOR YOUR SENIOR YEAR?>>FIRST OF ALL, I LOVE THIS PLACE. IT’S BEEN THE BEST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE. FRESHMAN YEAR IT CAME OUT OF NOWHERE. I BELIEVED IN MY ABILITIES, DON’T GET ME WRONG BIBUT THE YEAR I HAD. CAME BACK, BROKE MY HAND, IT FELL PRETTY QUICKLY BUT OUR TEAM KEPT WINNING WHICH WAS AWESOME. GOT DRAFTED. TWO YEARS NOW. THAT WAS AN EASY DECISION. MY JUNIOR YEAR I TRULY THOUGHT THAT WAS GOING TO BE MY LAST YEAR. HAD A GOOD YEAR. HIT FOR MORE POWER. THAT’S WHAT THEY WANTED ME TO DO. MY POWER NUMBERS WERE BETTER. MY WALK TOTAL UP. MY STRIKEOUT TOTAL STAYED DOWN. BUT IN THE EYES OF THE DRAFT, ON DRAFT DAY IT WAS VERY SIMILAR TO SOPHOMORE YEAR. SOME THINGS THAT WERE SAID DIDN’T REALLY TAKE PLACE. CALLS WEREN’T EXACTLY HAPPENING LIKE I WANTED THEM TO. IT SHOCKED ME. IT WAS QUICK THAT DAY FOR ME TO BE LIKE YOU KNOW WHAT? WHY WOULD I LEAVE? I’VE GOT THE BEST PROGRAM IN THE COUNTRY. I’M PLAYING FOR — I GET TO PLAY IN THE BRAND NEW STADIUM, I GET TO MEET THE NEW COACH. ALL OF IT. IT WAS A PRETTY EASY DECISION TOCK HONEST WITH YOU. BECAUSE PRO BALL IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE. >>Clay: WHAT AN IMPRESSIVE YOUNG MAN. WHAT A THOUGHTFUL YOUNG MAN. HE HAS SUCH A PROFESSIONAL APPROACH. HE WILL BOUND THIS BALL TO THE SHORTSTOP. MARTIN MANGUM IS OUT ON ONE PITCH TO START THE SIXTH. WHEN THAT RECORD DOES FALL, AND IT WILL NOW AT SOME POINT THIS YEAR AND MANGUM WILL BE THE ALL TIME HITS WIN. >>Chris: LOVES THE LEAGUE. LOVES HIS SCHOOL. AND LOVES THE SMORT OF COLLEGE BASEBALL. — AND LOVES THE SPORT OF COLLEGE BASEBALL. THAT LAST LINE, “PRO BALL IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE” HE KNOWS HE HAS THE ABILITY TO PLAY PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL BUT HE ALSO KNOWS THAT YOU ONLY GET ONE CRACK AT COLLEGE BASEBALL AND FET LIKE IF PRO BALL DOESN’T VALUE ME THE WAY THAT MAYBE I THINK I SHOULD BE VALUED, THEN I’M GOING TO GO BACK FOR MY SENIOR YEAR AND PLAY AT A PLACE THAT I LOVE TO PLAY IN FRONT OF ARGUABLY THE BEST FANS IN COLLEGE BASEBALL AND THE BEST FACILITY IN COLLEGE BASEBALL WITH A TEAM HE KNEW WAS GOING TO BE VERY GOOD. GOOD FOR HIM. I LOVE TO SEE KIDS REWARDED FOR STAYING IN SCHOOL BECAUSE HE’S CERTAINLY HAVING A FANTASTIC SEASON. >>Clay: 346 HITS. AFTER GOING THAT LEADOFF HIT TOP TOP OF THE FIRST. JORDAN WESTBURG AT THE PLATE NOW. 0-2. A COUPLE OF STRIKEOUTS. STRUCK HIM OUT. DUMP ISAIAH CAMPBELL CONTINUES TO ROLL. HE HAS EIGHT K’S ON THE NIGHT. >>Chris: THE CATCHER FOR ARKANSAS TELD US IN THE SCOUTING REPORT WHEN HE GETS THAT SLIDER-CUTTER GOING, IT CAN BE NASTY FOR RIGHT-HANDED HIT HERSELF ESPECIALLY. WESTBURG FISHING FOR THAT ONE. NEVER SAW IT. >>Clay: TANNER ALLEN HAS TWO HITS AGAINST ISAIAH CAMPBELL. TWO OF THE FOUR FOR MISSISSIPPI STATE. WE TALKED ABOUT MANGUM BEING DRAFTED TWICE. TURNED IT DOWN TWICE. THERE IS NO DOUBT HE’S GOING TO BE DRAFTED AGAIN AND WILL END UP PLAYING PRO BALL. THIS IS HIT TOWARD THE POWER ALLEY IN CENTER. I’LL FINISH THAT QUESTION WHEN WE COME BACK. JAKE MANGUM AND HIS FUTURE IN PRO BALL. >>Clay: WELCOME BACK TO FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS AND THE S.E.C. ON ESPN ALONGSIDE FORMER TENNESSEE VOL CHRIS BURKE, I’M CLAY MATVICK AND THERE IS JAKE MANGUM. WON A GOLD GLOVE LAST YEAR IN CENTER FIELD IN THE S.E.C. 71 HITS THIS SEASON. THAT LEADS THE NATION. HE IS SIX SHY OF THE S.E.C. ALL TIME HITS LEADER, EDDIE FURNISS. HE’S ONE FOR THREE TONIGHT. HE HAS BEEN DRAFTED TWICE. HE’S GOING TO BE DRAFTED AGAIN, PRO BALL IS IN HIS FUTURE. CAN HE MAKE THE MAJOR LEAGUES? IF HE CANNOT, WHAT IS STANDING IN HIS WAY, DO YOU THINK?>>Chris: WE’VE SEEN A LITTLE BIT OF IT TONIGHT. THE ONLY THING I’M CONCERNED WITH IS NOT FROM THE TALENT STANDPOINT, FROM A KID WHO PROBABLY NEEDS TO HIT FIRST OR SECOND TO MAKE HIS HAY AS A MAJOR LEAGUER, HE DOESN’T WALK AND HE OFTEN HAS QUICK AT-BATS. AGAIN, IF HE CAN HIT AT AN OVER .300 LEVEL AND LEARN TO WALK A LITTLE BIT THAT WILL BE GOOD ENOUGH. IF YOU CAN GET ON BASE .350, .360, .370 MOST TEAMS WOULD TAKE THAT OUT OF A KID WHO CAN RAIL PLAY CENTER FIELD BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF QUICK OUTS AND SOMETIMES FISHES OUTSIDE OF THE ZONE TOO MUCH. HE’S GOT SUCH INCREDIBLE HANDS AND BAT CONTROL HE CAN BARREL THE BALL UP OUT OF THE ZONE BUT AS THE STUFF BECOMES SHARPER AND TOUGH TO HANDLE IS THAT A TRAIT THAT’S GOING TO GET IN HIS WAY AS HE PROGRESSED THROUGH THE MINOR LEAGUE SYSTEM. THAT IS SOMETHING I WILL WATCH FOR. BUT HE HAS ALL THE PHYSICAL TOOLS TO PLAY IN THE MAJOR LEAGUE MAJOR LEAGUE AND HE IS AS COMPETITIVE AS ANYBODY YOU WILL SEE. I THINK HE WILL MAKE THE ADJUSTMENT BECAUSE HE’S SO STINKING COMPETITIVE HE FIGURE IT OUT. >>Clay: HE WAS OUT ON ONE PITCH LAST INNING. I WOULDN’T BET AGAINST HIM. >>Chris: HIT THE FIRST PITCH OF THE GAME FOR A BASE HIT, HIT THE FIRST PITCH OF HIS LAD THIRD AT-BAT. THE PROPENSITY TO GO AFTER THE FIRST PITCH IS GREAT IF YOU’RE GETTING A BUNCH OF KNOCKS, IF YOU’RE NOT THAT COULD GET NUTROUBLE SOMETIMES ESPECIALLY AS A LEADOFF HITTER. >>Clay: ON PITZ WITH THE LINE DRIVE BUT FOUL. ARKANSAS HAS ONE HIT AGAINST ETHAN SMALL TONIGHT. THE CAREER NUMBERS FOR JAKE MANGUM, AT LEAST ONE HIT IN 80% OF THE GAMES PLAYED. >>Chris: WHAT’S WILD IS YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT A KID WHO WON THE BATTING TITLE AS A FRESHMAN AND HE WAS A DRAFT-ELIGIBLE SOPHOMORE SO WHEN YOU WIN THE BAT BEING TITLE AS A FRESHMAN AND YOU ARE A DRAFT-ELIGIBLE SOPHOMORE, MOST PEOPLE THINKING — YOU KNOW, IT’S A TWO-YEAR CAREER AT MISSISSIPPI STATE. THAT’S WHAT IT FELT LIKE. THE HAND INJURY HIS SOPHOMORE YEAR IS WHY HE DOESN’T QUITE GO AS HIGH AS MOST PEOPLE WERE EXPECTING. THEN HE TOLD THE STORY ABOUT LAST SEASON. I WOULD NEVER HAVE GUESSED WE WOULD SEE HIM HERE AS A SENIOR AFTER THE YEAR HE HAD AS A FRESHMAN. >>Clay: SECOND INNING IN A ROW ARKANSAS GOT THE LEADOFF MAN ON, LAST INNING IT WAS FLETCHER’S SINGLE AND HERE IT’S CASEY OPITZ WITH A WALK AGAINST ETHAN SMALL. IS IT POSSIBLE WE’RE SEEING FATIGUE?>>Chris: YOU’VE GOT TO BUNT HERE. MAYBE. IF THERE IS A KNOCK ON SMALL IT’S THE PITCH COUNT GETS UP. TONIGHT NOT A PROBLEM AT ALL BUT HE HASN’T WORKED DEEP INTO HIS STARTS BUT AT 67 PITCHES HE’S IN POSITION TO GO DEEP INTO THIS BALLGAME. I THINK WE’RE GOING TO SEE SMALL BALL BY ARKANSAS. NO. SWINGING THE BAT. >>Clay: STRIKE CALLED. THE CROWD DOESN’T LIKE IT. DAVE VAN HORN CLIMBING ALL OVER TONY WALSH. >>Chris: THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN A FRESHMAN THAT MISSED A SIGN. THAT’S NOT A COACH MAD AT THE UMPIRE, THAT’S A COACH MAD AT HIS FRCHL OUTFIELDER TELLING HIM YOU NEED TO BE LOOKING IN HERE FOR THE SIGN. HE MIGHT HAVE MISSED ONE. SEE IF HE BUNTS HERE. NO. HACKING AWAY. >>Clay: THAT WAS DAVE VAN HORN MADE AT HIS PLAYER. >>Chris: MAYBE HE WAS GOING TO PUT IT ON 0-0 BUT DIDN’T WANT TO DO IT 0-1. YOU THINK YOU’VE GOT EZELL AND MARTIN UP NEXT IN A ONE-RUN GAME. YOU WOULD THINK YOU WOULD BUNT HIM OVER THERE AND GIVE THOSE TWO GUYS A CHANCE. NOT NORMALLY DAN VAN HORN BUT I THOUGHT WITH HIP OUT OF NINE HOLE HE WOULD TRY IT. >>Clay: THE TRUE FRESHMAN FROM SUBURBAN KANSAS CITY AT THE PLATE. >>Chris: JUICE IN THE BAT. >>Clay: MIRED IN AN 0-12 SLUMP. BEHIND TO ETHAN SMALL, ONE OF THE BEST PITCHERS IN THE COUNTRY 0-2. OPITZ AWAY FROM FIRST. FRANKLIN HAS HAD SOME FRESHMAN MOMENTS ALREADY THIS YEAR. HE’S GOT ONE HOME RUN ON THE SEASON. IT WAS A GRAND SLAM. IN THAT SERIES WITH TEXAS. FIRST CAREER HOME RUN. HE NEARLY PASSED UP THE BASE RUNNER AT FIRST. LINE DRIVE BASE HIT. LOOKS LIKE A VETERAN HERE AS HE DELIVERS A SHARPLY HIT SINGLE TO CENTER AND THAT WILL LIGHTEN DAVE VAN HORN’S HEART. >>Chris: HE’S 0-12 AGAINST ONE OF THE BEST PITCHERS IN THE COUNTRY, KNEW HE WOULD HIT A ROCKET UP THE MIDDLE, THAT’S WHY HE’S BEEN COACHING FOR SO LONG. CATCHES THIS ONE DEEP. A BEAUTIFUL JOB OF CONTROLLING THE BARREL. A ROCKET BACK UP THE BOX. HERE COME THE RAZORBACKS. >>Clay: TREVOR EZELL, LEADOFF MAN FOR ARKANSAS 0-2 TONIGHT WITH A COUPLE OF GROUNDOUTS. GOOD BUNT. THAT WILL GET THE JOB DONE. MOVES BOTH RUNNERS ALONG. TWO RUNNERS IN SCORING POSITION. ONE OUT. TREVOR EZELL WILL GET SOME HIGH FIVES WHEN HE GETS BACK TO THE DUGOUT. >>Chris: THERE IS THE BUNT. YOU LOVE TO BUNT IN A FIRST AND SECOND SITUATION. A LOT MORE WITH JUST THE RUNNER ON FIRST. BEAUTIFUL JOB BY THE FRESHMAN E1E ZELL AND NOW HERE YOU GO. CASEY MARTIN, MR.Y SEASON ALL AMERICAN WITH A CHANCE TO GIVE YOU THE LEAD IN A BIG TIME GAME ONE MATCH-UP IN THE S.E.C. WEST.>>Clay: CASEY MARTIN A GROUNDOUT IN THE FIRST. STRIKEOUT SWINGING IN THE FOURTH. HE’S 0-2. SO TOUGH TO WIN AT THIS STADIUM WHEN YOU’RE AN OPPONENT — CONFERENCE OPPONENT OR OTHERWISE. LAST YEAR ARKANSAS WENT 35-4 HERE AT BAUM STADIUM. LAST YEAR YOU COULDN’T BEAT THEM HERE. >>Chris: IT WAS — REALLY IMPRESSIVE THE WAY THEY PROTECTED THEIR HOME TURF LAST YEAR. >>Clay: HOT CALLING GOING ON NOW. ONE OUT, 0-1 PITCH TO MARTIN. LINE DRIVE, LEFT CENTER FIELD. THAT’S GOING TO RUN THE GAP. TWO RUNS ARE GOING TO SCORE. A TWO-RUN DOUBLE FOR CASEY MARTIN, AND ARKANSAS HAS ITS FIRST LEAD OF THE NIGHT. WOW. >>Chris: THAT GAME FLIPPED QUICKLY. >>Clay: HE WAS UNHITTABLE UNTIL THIS INNING. >>Chris: LET’S WATCH THESE PITCHERS. HE GETS CASEY MARTIN TO SWING AT A PITCH IN THE DIRT. YOU’VE GOT HIM 0-1 WITH THE BASES OPEN AND YOU COME BACK WITH A FASTBALL DOWN BROADWAY UP IN THE ZONE, CASEY MARTIN WHO SHOWED HE WAS SELLING OUT TO THE FASTBALL AFTER CHASING A FIRST PITCH TT IN THE DIRT. HE GETS ONE TO HIT AND DOESN’T MISS IT WITH A ROCKET IN THE GAP. THIS HOME CROWD IS AWAKE NOW, CLAY MATVICK. >>Clay: MATT GOODHEART AT THE PLATE. LINE DRIVE. BASE HIT. MARTIN IS GOING TO SCORE. IT’S 3-1. >>Clay: THREE RUNS. THE MOST GIVEN UP BY ETHAN SMALL THIS YEAR. >>Chris: FIRST TEAM TO GET THREE AND IT HAPPENED IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE. ANOTHER FASTBALL UP AND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PLATE AND GOODHEART, WHO HAS BEENA GOOD AS ANY HITTER IN THE SOUTH EASTERN CONFERENCE IN LEAGUE PLAY HITS A ROCKET IN THE LEFT CENTER FIELD GAP AND JUST LIKE THAT THE HOGS ARE UP TWO RUNS. >>Clay: SCOTT FOXHALL. THE MISSISSIPPI STATE PITCHING COACH. WILL COME OUT FOR A CHAT. >>Clay: CHRIS, MATT GOODHEART DID NOT GET OUT TO A GREAT START THIS YEAR. OVER THE LAST MONTH AND A HALF HIS AVERAGE HAS COMPLETELY CAUGHT FIRE. WE’VE SEEN IT CLIMB UP OVER .400. HE HAD TO GET HIS CONTACT LENSES PRESCRIPTION FIXED. HE WAS HAVING A PROBLEM SEEING AT NIGHT. HE GOT THAT WORKED OUT AND NO COINCIDENCE, THAT’S WHEN HIS BATTING AVERAGE STARTED TO SKYROCKET. >>Chris: TURNS OUT HITTING IS PRETTY HARD WHEN YOU CAN’T SEE WELL AND HITTING IS HARD ENOUGH BUT YOU BETTER HAVE TWO GOOD EYES. HE’S TAKEN A BUNCH OF FUNNY SWINGS AND DAVE VAN HORN SAID SOMETHING TO NATE THOMPSON, THEIR HITTING COACH AND THAT NIGHT GOODHEART CALLED THOMPSON AND SAID, “COACH, I DON’T THINK I’M SEEING WELL.” THEY GOT HIM IN TO THE DOCTOR. GOT HIS CONTACTS FIXED AND THE REST IS HISTORY. HE IS NOW ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS HITTERS IN THE LEAGUE.>>Clay: FOUR HITS AGAINST ETHAN SMALL FOR THE HOGS TONIGHT, THREE THIS INNING INCLUDING TWO IN A ROW. ONE OF THE BEST PITCHERS NOT ONLY IN THIS LEAGUE BUT COAST TO COAST. ETHAN SMALL FEELING DISCOMFORT FOR ONE OF THE FEW TIMES THIS SEASON. >>Chris: YOU WALK THE EIGHT HOLE HITTER. YOU’RE 0-2 ON THE NINE-HOLE HITTER AND GIVE UP A BASE HIT. THE HARD THING ABOUT SMALL IS SOMETIMES TOUGH TO FIGURE OUT IS THE SAME PITCHES THAT HE SO MANY TIMES GETS SWINGS AND MISSES ON ARE THE BALLS WE’RE SEEING SQUARED UP. HOW MANY FASTBALLS UP AND IN THE IMMEDIATE OF THE PLATE HAVE WE NOT SEEP?>>Chris: HE MAY BE FATIGUED. THE PITCH COUNT DOESN’T SPEAK TO THAT BUT THE SWINGS THEY’RE TAKING WOULD MAKE YOU THINK THAT THE BALL DOESN’T HAVE AS MUCH ON IT AS IT DID TO START THE BALLGAME. >>Clay: THREE RUNS. A SEASON HIGH ALLOWED BY SMALL. ANOTHER DANGEROUS HITTER AT THE PLATE. DOMINIC FLETCHER WHO SINGLED TO LEAD OFF THE FIFTH, FIRST HIT OF THE NIGHT FOR ARKANSAS AND THEIR FORTUNES HAVE CHANGED FROM THAT MOMENT. NOW 3-1. PROBABLY ONLY A MATTER OF TIME FOR THIS ARKANSAS TEAM EVEN AGAINST A PITCHER LIKE SMALL CONSIDERING HOW HOT THEY WERE THE LAST TWO GAMES. 22 RUNS IN THE TWO GAMES PRIOR TO THIS ONE TONIGHT. >>Chris: IT DIDN’T LOOK LIKE THAT ABOUT 10 MINUTES AGO BUT THINGS HAVE CERTAINLY CHANGED AND, OF COURSE, NOW THEY’RE IN THAT POCKET OF THE LINEUP WHERE THEY GO FOUR STRAIGHT LEFTIES. AS GOOD AS IT’S BEEN. OPITZ, FRANKLIN, MARTIN, CERTAINLY DID SOME DAMAGE. >>Clay: SOFT LINER. OVER THE THIRD BASEMAN INTO LEFT FIELD. PUTTING ON THE BRAKES IS GOODHEART AT SECOND BASE AND THE INNING CONTINUES. FLETCHER WITH AN OPPOSITE-FIELD BLOOP SINGLE. >>Chris: I THINK THIS WAS A GOOD DECISION BY GOODHEART. WATCH NATE THOMPSON. HE’S BRINGING HIM THE WHOLE WAY. THEN HE PUTS ON THE BRAKES LATE. GOODHEART WISELY KEEPS HIS HEAD UP AS HE’S MAKING THE TURN. YOU WANT TO GIVE THE THIRD BASE COACH A CHANCE TO CHANGE HIS MIND AND THOMPSON GOES FROM SENDING HIM TO PUTTING ON THE BRAKES AND CREDIT GOODHEART WITH GOOD BASE RUNNING. >>Clay: NATE THOMPSON, HIRED A COUPLE YEARS AGO TO REPLACE TONY VITELLO AND NATE’S COACHING OVER THERE IN THE THIRD THIRD BASE COACH — IN THE THIRD BASE COACH’S BOX. WITH A HEAVY HEART. HIS DAD PASSED AWAY. WE WISH HIM AND THE FAMILY THE BEST. >>Chris: TIME TO SEE SOMEBODY IN THE MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLPEN. HAS THAT KIND OF FEELING. >>Clay: THEY ARE STARTING TO THINK LIKE YOU, BURKEY — AND THAT’S SCARY. >>Chris: [LAUGHING] >>Clay: FIRST FIVE INNINGS THE ONE HIT ALLOWED. HE’S GIVEN UP FOUR HERE IN THE SIXTH. >>Chris: THE SWING BY FLETCHER WAS AN EXCUSE ME BASE HIT BUT THE BALLS BEFORE WERE ALL BARRELLED UP. >>Clay: I GO BACK TO THE CHRISTIAN FRANKLIN AT-BAT. THAT WAS THE KEY AT-BAT IN THIS INNING. >>Chris: YOU’VE GOT HIM 0-2, MAKE A COUPLE MISTAKES AND THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW YOU’RE DOWN A TWO SPOT. >>Clay: KJERSTAD WITH BLOW A HOLE IN THE GAME WITH ONE SWING. TOOK A HEFTY CUT THERE BUT LOST IT FOUL. KJERSTAD WITH NINE HOMERS ON THE YEAR. HE’S STILL TRYING TO EXTEND THE 10-GAME HITTING STREAK. A COUPLE OF K’S TONIGHT INCLUDING ONE THAT LOOKED REALLY BAD. >>Chris: IT’S BEEN A STRUGGLE FOR KJERSTAD HERE TONIGHT FOR SMALL. THE ONE THING ABOUT A HITTER THAT’S THIS DANGEROUS IS IT JUST TAKES ONE. ESPECIALLY WITH A COUPLE PEOPLE ON AND CAN REALLY BLOW THIS THING WIDE OPEN. >>Clay: IS THE H >>Clay: TIME CALLED. COOL NIGHT HERE IN FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS. IT HASN’T KEPT THE FANS AWAY. HASN’T RUINED THE SPIRITS OF THE CROWD. THEY’RE INTO IT NOW WITH THE LEAD FOR THE FIRST TIME AND KJERSTAD HAS TO PEEL AWAY FROM THAT ONE. 2-1. >>Chris: YOU WONDER AFTER CLIMBING THE LADDER LIKE THAT. IS HE GOING TO SNAP A BREAKING BALL OFF HERE? THE FASTBALL SEEMS TO HAVE LOST A LITTLE FINISH. PROBABLY A GOOD TIME TO SPIN ONE TO KJERSTAD AFTER MAKING A MOVE WITH HIS FEET. JUST OFF THE PLATE. >>Clay: 3-1. RILEY SELF AND BRANDON SMITH. A PAIR OF RIGHTHANDERS WARMING UP FOR THE BULLDOGS. >>Clay: POPPED UP. SHORT RIGHT. ELIJAH McNAMEE CALLING EVERYBODY OFF AND HE WILL MAKE THE CATCH AND THAT’S OUT NUMBER TWO. THE HAPPIEST GUY IN THE STADIUM RIGHT NOW HAS TO BE ISAIAH CAMPBELL. YOU WOULD THINK GOING BACK TO THE LAST START IN NASHVILLE FOR CAMPBELL, DIDN’T GET THE RUN SUPPORT. THERE WASN’T THE TIMELY HITTING FOR THE ARKANSAS STARTER. >>Chris: YOU RUN OUT THERE WITH THE LEAD AND THEY NEED THEIR JUNIOR ACE TO PROTECT IT. BRAA GAME ONE VICTORY IF HE’S ABLE TO PITCH THEM TO VICTORY. >>Clay: KENLEY TONIGHT 0-2. ANOTHER THING, BURKEY, IS THAT THE RAZORBACKS GET ONE OF THEIR BETTER MIDDLE RELIEVERS BACK HERE THIS WEEKEND. JACOB KOSTYSHOCK HAS MISSED TIME. >>Chris: PART OF THE FORMULA FOR SUCCESS IS SHORTEN THE BALLGAME, AS GOOD A CLOSER AS THERE IS IN COLLEGE BASEBALL IN CRONIN. KOSTYSHOCK. WILL THEY RUN HIM OUT THERE IN A 3-1 GAME THURSDAY NIGHT? I DON’T KNOW ABOUT THAT. BUT IF THIS LEAD HOLDS UP WE WILL DEFINITELY SEE CRONIN. >>Clay: THE NEXT PITCH WILL BE 90 FOR ETHAN SMALL. >>Chris: THAT CHANGED QUICKLY. >>Clay: SURE DID. ARKANSAS RAZORBACK TRYING TO GET THEIR 10TH S.E.C. WIN. >>Chris: EVERY WIN SO VALUABLE. THINK ABOUT TWO ELITE PROGRAMS LIKE MISSISSIPPI STATE AND ARKANSAS. EVERY YEAR THEY START THE SEASON, THE GOAL IS TO HOST. THEY KNOW THAT WITH AS DEEP AS THE LEAGUE IS 17 CONFERENCE WINS WILL PROBABLY GET YOU A HOST, 18 A NATIONAL SEED, SO EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE THAT YOU GET IS SO IMPORTANT AS YOU TRY TO ACCUMULATE ENOUGH TO IMPRESS THE COMMITTEE SO THEY CAN HOST IN THIS GREAT ENVIRONMENT. >>Clay: LAST YEAR THE NINTH TIME ARKANSAS HOSTED IN THE NATIONAL TOURNAMENT. SEVEN REGIONALS. TWO SUPERS. THE HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE IS SO VALUABLE. SO VALUABLE. CHECKED HIS SWING. A STRIKE. 3-2. 32 PITCHES THIS INNING FOR ETHAN SMALL. HE’S GOT A FULL COUNT HERE TRYING TO GET OUT NUMBER THREE IN WHAT HAS BEEN A THREE-RUN INNING FOR ARKANSAS. THEIR FIRST LEAD OF THE NIGHT. >>Clay: GOODHEART AND FLETCHER ON THE MOVE. LINE DRIVE DOWN THE LINE. FOUL. >>Chris: THE CHANGE-UP ON A FULL COUNT. CREDIT KENLEY FOR KEEPING HIS HANDS BACK. HE HOOKED IT FOUL. >>Clay: GOOD HITTING. >>Chris: SHOWED YOU THAT HE WASN’T TOO OVERANXIOUS TRYING TO GET THE HEAD OUT FOR A FASTBALL AS HE’S ABLE TO FIGHT THAT CHANGE-UP OFF AND EARN ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY. >>Clay: SMALL REALLY HAVING TO BATTLE HERE IN THE SIXTH INNING. HIS CONSTITUTION BEING TESTED. AGAIN THE RUNNERS OFF AND ANOTHER FOUL BALL. >>Chris: I THINK THIS WILL BE IT FOR ETHAN SMALL. YOU’VE GOT THE RIGHT-HANDED HITTER DECK, IT’S BEEN A REALLY HEAVY WORKLOAD IN THIS INNING, EITHER ONE OF THOSE PITCHERS — I DON’T KNOW IN EITHER ONE OF THEM ARE GAME-HOT AT THIS POINT. NEITHER ONE OF THEM ARE ON THE MOUND. >>Clay: HOW EASY IT HAD BEEN THROUGH FIVE INNINGS FOR ETHAN SMALL. EIGHT STRIKEOUTS. HAD BEGIN UP JUST THE ONE HIT. RUNS INTO THESE HEAVY ARKANSAS BATS IN THE SIXTH. THE 3-2. CALLED STRIKE THREE. ETHAN SMALL WILL WALK OFF THE MOUND WITH HIS NINTH STRIKEOUT. HE HAS LOST THE LEAD. ARKANSAS SEES THE BATS FIRE UP AGAIN. >>Chris: THE RAZORBACKS COMING ALONG. >>Clay: WELCOME BACK TO THE S.E.C. ON ESPN, ALONGSIDE THE GREAT CHRIS BURKE, I’M CLAY MATVICK. WE TALKED ABOUT A LOGJAM IN THE S.E.C. WEST. MISSISSIPPI STATE COMING INTO THE NIGHT 10-5. HALF GAME UP ON TEXAS A&M. WHEN THURSDAY STARTED. ARKANSAS. THEY’RE TRYING TO GET TO 10 WINS HERE TONIGHT. TEXAS A&M. IF THEY CAN HANG ONTO THEIR LEAD AT SOUTH CAROLINA THEY WILL BE IN FIRST PLACE. ALONE. TO THE CORNER. LONG RUN. KJERSTAD ON THE TRACK MAKES THE CATCH AND ELIJAH McNAMEE IS THE FIRST OUT OF THE MISSISSIPPI STATE SEVENTH. >>Chris: GOOD START FOR CAMPBELL. YOU WANT TO GET A LEADOFF HITTER AFTER YOUR TIME GIVES YOU THE LEAD. DON’T GIVE THE OTHER TEAM MOMENTUM. BIG FIRST OUT RECORDED. >>Clay: JUSTIN FOSCUE AT THE PLATE NOW. HE’S 0-2. ISAIAH CAMPBELL. GREW UP A MILITARY KID. HIS DAD WAS IN THE AIR FORCE. ISAIAH WAS BORN IN THE AZORES. THOSE ISLANDS THAT BELONG TO PORTUGAL. LIVED IN GERMANY FOR A SPELL. TURKEY. BEFORE SETTLING IN KANSAS. AND THIS GUY IS WICKED SMART. HIGH G.P.A., VERY INTELLIGENT YOUNG MAN AND HE GETS A CALLED STRIKE THREE. JUSTIN FOSCUE IS A STRIKEOUT VICTIM FOR THE FIRST TIME TONIGHT. THAT IS THE NINTH K RECORDED BY CAMPBELL. >>Chris: THE NINTH K AND WAY TOO MANY OF THEM LOOKING. ANOTHER MISSISSIPPI STATE HITTER FROZEN ON A BREAKING BALL. THAT’S A BIG TIME BREAKING BALL. MISSISSIPPI STATE OFFENSE NOT REAL HAPPY WITH TONY WALSH’S STRIKE ZONE AND AGAIN AT THIS POINT IN THE BALLGAME SOME OF THESE GUYS HAVE TO ADJUST THEIR APPROACH AND START TRYING TO FIGHT A FEW OF THESE PITCHES OFF. >>Clay: JORDAN HAD THE LEADOFF HOME RUN TO START OFF THE SIXTH.>>Chris: AT THAT POINT IT LOOKED LIKE THAT MIGHT BE ENOUGH. FOUR STRIKEOUTS LOOKING IN THIS BALLGAME FOR THE BULLDOG OFFENSE. AGAIN, A TEAM THAT PRIDES THEMSELVES ON BEING THE TOUGHEST TO STRIKE OUT IN THE LEAGUE. >>Clay: ISAIAH CAMPBELL. LEARNED A LOT DURING HIS TIME AS A TEAMMATE WITH BLAINE KNIGHT. HE TALKS ABOUT HOW THEY SHARED PITCHING SECRETS. AND TIPS. ALL AMERICAN LAST YEAR, ACE OF THE STAFF AND THAT’S CAMPBELL’S ROLE THIS YEAR AND HE GETS STRIKEOUT NUMBER 10. >>Chris: WOW. >>COLLEGE BASEBALL IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY GEICO. 15 MINUTES COULD SAVE YOU 15% OR MORE ON CAR INSURANCE. >>Clay: PIG SOOEY. WELCOME BACK TO FAYETTEVILLE WHERE THE HOGS HAVE KNOCKED MISSISSIPPI STATE STARTER ETHAN SMALL OUT OF THE GAME. IN THE SIXTH INNING THREE RUNS ON FOUR HITS AND NOW SELF WILL COME IN.>>Chris: RILEY SELF A VETERAN ARM THAT THEY RELY ON AT THE BACK END OF THE BULLPEN. YOU SEE FASTBALL, CUTTER MIX FROM HIM. HE’S GOING TO TRY TO KEEP THAT SCORE RIGHT WHERE IT IS AND SEE IF THE OFFENSE CAN MAKE A RUP. — SEE IF THE OFFENSE CAN MAKE A RUN. >>Clay: JACOB NESBITT IS 0-2 TONIGHT WITH A STRIKEOUT AND A FLYOUT. STILL A LOT OF TIME IN THIS BALLGAME. WE’RE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH. ARKANSAS LEADING 3-1. THE JOB NOW FOR RILEY SELF IS TO GET OUTS, GET THEM QUICKLY AND STILL A LOT OF TIME FOR MISSISSIPPI STATE ESPECIALLY THE WAY THAT OFFENSE CAN SWING IT. >>Chris: THE OFFENSE IS NEVER OUT OF IT UNTIL YOU GET THE 27TH OUT. I WOULD CAUTION ARKANSAS NOT TO GO IN CRUISE CONTROL. THERE IS THE TENDENCY TO THINK THIS ONE IS IN THE BAG. MISSISSIPPI STATE OFFENSE, THE GOAL. >>Clay: ISAIAH CAMPBELL AND THE JACKET. WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU?>>Chris: KEEPING THE ARM WARM. I HAVEN’T SEEN ANY KIND OF MAJOR ACTION IN THE ARKANSAS BULLPEN. AS GOOD AS HE’S BEEN, I WOULD BE SHOCKED IF WE DON’T SEE HIM GO OUT THERE FOR THE EIGHTH. >>Clay: ETHAN SMALL. HIS NIGHT IS DONE. THE STARTER FOR MISSISSIPPI STATE GIVES UP THREE RUNS IN SIX INNINGS. HE STRUCK OUT NINE. CAMPBELL WITH HIS 10TH STRIKEOUT. TO END THE TOP OF THE SEVENTH. >>Chris: I’LL BET YOU BOTH OF THESE PITCHERS WILL REMEMBER THIS NIGHT JUST — THE ACES, SURE, THEY LIKE WHEN THEY GET 10 RUNS BUT THEY LIKE GOING TOE TO TOE. HE’S GOT HIS BEST STUFF, I’VE GOT MY BEST STUFF, LET’S SEE WHO WINS IT AND THE STORY OF GAME IS YET TO BE TOLD BUT ISAIAH CAMPBELL OUTDUELLED ETHAN SMALL TO THIS POINT AND WHAT AN EFFORT IT’S BEEN FOR HIM. MORE STRIKEOUTS THAN THE S.E.C. LEADER IN STRIKEOUTS TONIGHT. >>Clay: WE WEREN’T SURE THAT WE WOULD GET THIS MATCH-UP. WE SAW MISSISSIPPI STATE ANNOUNCE SMALL AS THE STARTER EARLY IN THE WEEK BUT THE ANNOUNCEMENT FROM ARKANSAS WAS DELAYED. >>Chris: THERE IS A LOT THAT GOES INTO THE DECISION ESPECIALLY WHEN A GUY IS LEADING THE LEAGUE IN STRIKEOUTS LIKE ETHAN SMALL. HAS. IF YOU’RE DAVE VAN HORN, THEY PROBABLY KICKED AROUND THE IDEA OF LETTING HIM PITCH ON HIS NORMAL REST. LETTING HIM THROW ON FRIDAY AND NOT HAVING TO GO TOE TO TOE WITH SMALL. >>Clay: NESBITT LINES OUT TO HALTER. >>Chris: IT ALL STARTED WITH OPITZ LAST INNING. >>Clay: LEADOFF WALK. THE ONLY WALK ALLOWED BY ETHAN SMALL. >>Chris: THEY WENT RIGHTHANDER, WALK. RIGHTHANDER, SINGLE. THEN A RIGHTHANDER, BUNT. OF COURSE, THOSE ARE SWITCH-HITTERS BUT THEY’RE BATTING RIGHTHANDER. THEN A RIGHTHANDER, DOUBLE. THE FOUR RIGHTHANDERS FOR ARKANSAS GOT THAT GOING. >>Clay: OPITZ DRAFTED OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL BY THE INDIAN IN THE 27TH ROUND. I DON’T KNOW TOO MANY SWITCH-HITTING CATCHERS WHO DON’T GET DRAFTED. >>Chris: YEAH. >>Clay: IN ON THE HANDS. GROUND BALL TO FOSCUE. TWO UP, TWO DOWN FOR RILEY SELF OUT OF THE BULLPEN. UFC FIGHT NIGHT 149 IN ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA. >>Clay: THE MAIN EVENT AT 1:00 EASTERN. ENGLISH AND SPANISH. WATCH THE EARLY PRELIMS ON ESPN2 AND ESPN DEPORTES STARTING AT 10:00 A.M. EASTERN. TWO OUTS. HERE IS CHRISTIAN FRANKLIN. YOU AND I WOULD AGREE HAD A CRITICAL AT-BAT LAST INNING. >>Chris: YES. HE CAUGHT THE WRATH OF HIS HEAD COACH WHO WAS NOT HAPPY. LOOKED LIKE MAYBE CHRISTIAN DIDN’T TURN AROUND TO LOOK FOR THE SIGN OR MAYBE HE MISSED THE SIGN. WHATEVER THE PROBLEM WAS HE LET HIM SWING THE BAT AND THE YOUNG MAN RESPONDED WHEN IT LOOKED LIKE ETHAN SMALL WAS ON HIS WAY TO ANOTHER DOUBLE-DIGIT STRIKEOUT PERFORMANCE HE GRINDS AN AT-BAT TO BREAK AN 0-12 SLUMP AND GET THE PARTY STARTED FOR THE RAZORBACKS. >>Clay: THIS IS GOING TO GET THROUGH. SEEING-EYE SINGLE ON THE LEFT SIDE FOR FRANKLIN. IF HE WAS IN THE DOGHOUSE — >>Chris: IT’S ALL GOOD NOW, BROTHER, IT’S ALL GOOD NOW. >>Clay: THAT WILL KEEP THE INNING ALIVE. TURN THE LINEUP OVER AGAIN. EZELL COMING UP. >>Chris: FRANKLIN, NOW FEELING GOOD, A LINE DRIVE UP THE MIDDLE, GET A GROUND BALL THAT FINDS A HOLE, JUST LIKE THAT YOU’RE BACK ON TOP OF THE WORLD.>>Clay: FRANKLIN IN SOME REALLY GOOD NONCONFERENCE MOMENTS. BAT STRUGGLING A LITTLE BIT IN THE S.E.C. BEFORE TONIGHT. GOT TO BELIEVE HIS CONFIDENCE IS WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE NOW. LEADS THE WAY FROM FIRST WITH TWO OUTS, RILEY SELF WORKING WITH A BASE RUNNER FOR THE FIRST TIME, BIG HACK BY EZELL WHO HAD A SACRIFICE BUNT IN THE SIXTH, WELL PLACED. GOT THE JOB DONE. ENDED UP PRODUCING RUNS. HE’S BEEN IN THE LEADOFF SPOT ALL OF APRIL. LOOKS LIKE HE’S GOING TO STAY THERE FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. HE WAS BROUGHT IN TO PLAY SECOND BASE. E13E ZELL HAS HAD SHOULDER ISSUES. THEY PUT HIM AT FIRST. THAT ALSO APPEARS TO BE WHERE HE IS GOING TO STAY FOR THE TIME BEING. MAYBE THE REST OF THE YEAR. >>Chris: HE DOESN’T HAVE THE RANGE OF MOTION BACK IN THAT SHOULDER TO ALLOW HIM TO PLAY SECOND BASE. KENLEY’S BEEN OUTSTANDING THERE. NESBIT HAS DONE A NICE JOB AT THIRD. IT’S ALL FIGURED ITSELF OUT. >>Clay: EZELL WAS A TERRIFIC STAR IN HIS THREE YEARS AT SOUTHEASTERN MISSOURI. HE HIT .377 LAST YEAR. AT SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE. >>Chris: LOST SIX POSITION PLAYERS OFF THE TEAM, YOU NEEDED A GUY LIKE FRANKLIN, A GRAD TRANSFER LIKE EZELL, YOU NEEDED GUYS LIKE KENLEY TO STEP UP, NESBIT AND OPITZ, THEY HAVE HAD GUYS FILL IN BECAUSE THEY LOST SOME REALLY, REALLY GOOD PLAYERS. >>Clay: WHEN YOU GET GRAD TRANSFERS AND JUCOS YOU EXPECT THEM TO PLAY WELL BUT I DON’T KNOW IF YOU NECESSARILY EXPECT THEM TO HIT OVER .300 AND EZELL HIT OVER .400. >>Chris: I DIDN’T MENTION GOODHEART, THE PRODUCTION HE’S PROVIDED. SOMETIMES YOU JUST DON’T KNOW BUT TO COMPETE AT THIS LEAGUE YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE SOME IMPACT NEWCOMERS. YOU HAVE TO. >>Clay: YEAH. THIS CERTAINLY LOOKS GOOD FOR ARKANSAS IN GAME ONE OF THIS SERIES. YOU SAID BEFORE THE SERIES STARTED THAT THIS IS BIGGER FOR ARKANSAS THAN IT IS FOR MISSISSIPPI STATE IN A LOT OF WAYS. >>Chris: YEAH. >>Clay: PITCHOUT. RUNNER GOES. THE THROW SKIPS. DO THEY GET THE TAG? YOU BET. WESTBURG KEEPING THE TAG DOWN. HE GETS FRANKLIN. CAUGHT STEALING. SELF FACES THE MINIMUM IN THE SEVENTH. >>Chris: NICE JOB BY JUSTIN FOSCUE HANGING IN THERE TO FINISH THIS PLAY OFF. BULLDOGS KEEP IT AT TWO.>>Chris: ISAIAH CAMPBELL HAS ANSWERED THE BELL THIS EVENING. THE MATCH-UP OF ACES. HE’S THE ONE THAT’S STILL OUT THERE COMPETING FOR HIS CLUB. HAS OUTLASTED ETHAN SMALL. WE’VE SEEN THE ARSENAL ON DISPLAY. BREAKING BALL HAS BEEN FANTASTIC. THE SHORTER ONE. THE BIGGER ONE. THE FASTBALL HAS BEEN UP TO 94 MILES AN HOUR. A COMPLETE PERFORMANCE. PITCHED AROUND A ROULEY JORDAN HOMER. STILL OUT THERE IN THE EIGHTH INNING. >>Clay: DUSTIN SKELTON, JOSH HATCHER, GUNNER TOMORROW THE T.B.A. FOR GAME THREE — TRENDING TOWARD THE GAP. IT’S GOING TO GET DOWN OFF THE WALL. SKELTON WITH THE LEADOFF DOUBLE HERE IN THE EIGHTH AND LIKE WE SAID THIS MISSISSIPPI STATE TEAM HAS SUCH A GREAT OFFENSE IT CAN HEAT UP FAST. >>Chris: CAREFUL. STILL SIX BIG OUTS TO GET. A FASTBALL UP AND OUT OVER THE PLATE. SKELTON GETS THE MIDDLE OF THE BARREL WITH THAT ONE. NOT A BIG MOVE HE MAKES BUT IT IS A STRONG YOUNG MAN AND THAT BALL JUCHZ OUT INTO THE GAP JUST OUT OF THE REACH OF HESTON KJERSTAD AND THE BULLDOGS START OFF WITH A DOUBLE IN THE EIGHTH.>>Clay: THIS IS JOSH HATCHER, D.H., 0-2 WITH A STRIKEOUT. CRONIN IS WARMING UP NOW. YOU TOUCHED ON IT ABOUT HIM HE CAN GO MORE THAN ONE INNING. >>Chris: THEY’LL GO RIGHT TO HIM. I THINK IN A PERFECT WORLD IF YOU’RE DAVE VAN HORN YOU’RE GIG RIGHTHANDER GETS YOU OUT OF THIS INNING AND YOU ONLY HAVE TO USE HIM FOR ONE. CERTAINLY AS FEW OUTS AS POSSIBLE. BUT THEY WILL USE HIM FOR TWO. CERTAINLY HE’S SHOWN THAT IN HIS CAREER. >>Clay: CAMPBELL 100 PITCHES NOW. HIS CAREER HIGH IS 108. HE’S PITCHED MASTERFULLY TONIGHT FOR DAVE VAN HORN’S TEAM. MATT HOBBS, THE NEW PITCHING COACH. >>Chris: YOU BETTER UPON BELIEVE HIM AND DAVE VAN HORN ARE GETTING THE CONVERSATION. WHEN DO WE GO TO CRONIN? HOW MANY PITCHES DO WE HAVE LEFT? TOP OF THE ORDER COMING BACK AROUND AND ARE YOU GOING TO ASK YOUR BIG RIGHTHANDER TO GO BACK TO THE TOP OF THE ORDER FOR THE FOURTH TIME?>>Clay: THE 1-2 TO HATCHER. THAT’S OFF THE GLOVE OF OPITZ BACK TO THE SCREEN AND SKELTON IS STANDING AT THIRD BASE. >>Chris: A PITCH LIKE THAT THAT WILL GET YOU THINKING AS A HEAD COACH. MAYBE 100 PITCHES AND WE — I MEAN, WE HAVEN’T SEEN A PITCH ANYWHERE NEAR THAT THE WHOLE NIGHT SO THAT WILL CERTAINLY GET YOU STARTING TO QUESTION WHEN TO GO TO THE BULLPEN WHEN YOU HAVE AN ARM AS TALENTED AS MATT CRONIN DOWN THERE. >>Clay: EVERYBODY HAS THEIR LIMIT AND IT SEEMS LIKE CAMPBELL IS REACHING HIS. WE SAW ETHAN SMALL LAST INNING REALIZE HOW QUICKLY HE HAD REACHED HIS LIMIT. HE GAVE UP THREE IN THE SIXTH. HIT WELL. NICE PLAY BY THE SHORTSTOP. MARTIN. HE’S GOT ONE PLAY. HE GOT THE OUT. SKELTON WILL COME HOME TO MAKE IT 3-2. >>Chris: NICE PLAY BY CASEY MARTIN. THAT WAS NOT AN EASY CHANCE. THEY’LL TRADE AN OUT FOR A RUN. AFTER THE WILD PITCH. THE BULLDOGS ARE ABLE TO SCORE AS YOU SEE MARTIN GET OVER IN FRONT OF THAT BALL AND FINISH THAT PLAY OFF BUT THE WILD PITCH COST THEM A RUN THERE BECAUSE REALLY THAT’S A BALL THAT THE RUNNER AT SECOND WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO ADVANCE ON. >>Clay: THE BASES EMPTY AND HERE COMES GUNNER HALTER — NO, A PINCH-HITTER. BRAD CUMBEST, TWO-SPORT ATHLETE AT MISSISSIPPI STATE, LOOKS BAD ON THAT PITCH FROM CAMPBELL. JOE MOREHEAD, FOOTBALL COACH OF THE BULLDOGS WAS TELLINGLY ME THIS PAST WEEKEND — WAS TELLING ME THIS PAST WEEKEND BEFORE THE SPRING GAME THAT CUMBEST WILL BE IN THE MIX FOR A LOT OF SNAPS AT TIGHT END. PLAYED OPPONENT SHORT HOP BY NESBIT AT THIRD AND HE GETS THE BIG 6’5″, 250-POUND FRESHMAN FOR OUT NUMBER TWO. >>Chris: TALENTED KID AS WE SEE NESBIT MAKE A TOUGH PLAY BUT THIS IS A YOUNG MAN THAT CAN REALLY RUN, THEY SAY 91-92 OFF THE BUMP, CAN HIT THE BALL OUT OF THE BALLPARK AND STILL JUST DEVELOPING PRETTY RAW AS A FRESHMAN PLAYER. WHO SPENT MOST OF HIS SUMMER TIME PRACTICING AND PLAYING FOOTBALL. HIGH 150EING FOR HIM. >>Clay: DAVE VAN HORN IS GOING TO MAKE A WALK TO THE MOUND. THAT’S GOING TO BE ALL FOR ISAIAH CAMPBELL AND THE CROWD IS APPRECIATIVE OF THE EFFORT TONIGHT FOR THE JUNIOR FROM KANSAS. >>Clay: A 10-STRIKEOUT, NO-WALK 7 2/3 INNING PERFORMANCE FOR ISAIAH CAMPBELL, AND HE IS IN LINE FOR HIS SEVENTH WIN OF THE YEAR. FOR ARKANSAS. MATT CRONIN, THE CLOSER. COMES IN WITH TWO OUTS IN THE EIGHTH. >>Chris: 16 INNINGS. 24 PUNCHOUTS. YOU SEE JUST THE SEVEN HITS. 10 WALKS. HE CAN SPRAY IT FROM TIME TO TIME BUT THIS IS A YOUNG MAN THAT HAS AS GOOD A FASTBALL AS ANYBODY IN THE LEAGUE. A BIG TIME MID 90’S FASTBALL THAT HAS GREAT FINISH TO IT AND WHAT A MATCH-UP HERE AGAINST JAKE MANG UP. >>Clay: — AGAINST JAKE MANGUM.>>Clay: MANGUM WENT ONE FOR THREE AGAINST ISAIAH CAMPBELL. THE HIT CAME IN THE FIRST AT-BAT OF THE GAME. HE’S SIX HITS AWAY FROM TYING EDDIE FURNISS FOR THE ALL TIME HITS LEAD IN THIS CONFERENCE. SITTING AT 346 CAREER HITS. MANGUM ORIGINALLY COMMITTED TO ALABAMA WHERE HIS DAD PLAYED COLLEGE FOOTBALL AND WENT ON TO THE NFL FROM THERE. BUT CHANGED HIS MIND. WINDS UP AT MISSISSIPPI STATE. HE’S GOING TO GO DOWN AS ONE OF THE GREATEST PLAYERS IN THAT PROGRAM’S HUST AND ONE OF THE BEST HITTERS IN — IN THAT PROGRAM’S HISTORY AND ONE OF THE BEST HITTERS IN COLLEGE BASEBALL HISTORY. >>Chris: IT’S BEEN A FANTASTIC CAREER. THERE IS NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. >>Chris: HE MADE HIS NAME GETTING BIG HITS. THESE ARE THE KINDS OF AT-BATS WHERE HE REALLY SHOWS HIS METTLE BECAUSE YOU LOOK AT HIS NUMBERS — LOOK AT THE NUMBERS IN S.E.C. GAMES. THIS IS A GUY THAT HE HITS GOOD PITCHING. HAS A KNACK OF EXTENDING GAMES OR COMING UP WITH BIG GAME-WINNING TYPE HITS. MATT CRONIN HAS HIS HANDS FULL TRYING TO PUT JAKE MANGUM AWAY. >>Clay: CRONIN ROCKS AND FEARS. MANGUM GETS HIT BY A CRONIN FASTBALL AND HE’S ABOARD WITH TWO OUTS IN THE EIGHTH. >>Chris: HE DEFINITELY MADE A MOVE TO GET OUT OF THE WAY HERE. WATCH HIM TURN THE LEAD SHOULDER IN. THAT BALL LOOKS LIKE IT JUST CLIPPED THE JERSEY OR IT MIGHT HAVE GOTTEN A LITTLE SKIN BUT CERTAINLY NOTHING TO AFFECT MANGUM BUT JUST ENOUGH TO GET A FREE PASS AND NOW MISSISSIPPI STATE PUTS THE TYING RUN ON BOARD WITH TWO OUTS IN THE EIGHTH. >>Clay: WESTBURG COULD GIVE MISSISSIPPI STATE THE LEAD BACK. HE’S A POWER HITTER. CRONIN HASN’T GIVEN UP A LOT OF HOME RUNS. ONLY TWO EXTRA-BASE HITS ALLOWED IN 63 BATTERS FACED COMING INTO THE NIGHT. BOTH WERE HOME RUNS BUT HE DOESN’T GIVE UP A LOT OF BIG FLIES. >>Chris: DOESN’T GIVE UP A LOT OF ANYTHING. IF YOU’RE JORDAN WESTBURG YOU’RE HAPPY TO SEE SOMEBODY ELSE OUT THERE. ISAIAH CAMPBELL DOMINATED WESTBURG TO THE TUNE OF THREE PUNCHOUTS. UH-OH. OOH. >>Clay: MANGUM WAS PICKED OFF BACK IN THE FIRST INNING. BY ISAIAH CAMPBELL. THE LEFTHANDER HAS A QUICK MOVE.>>Chris: YES. THAT STEP-OFF MOVE. CALL THIS THE TERRY MULHOLLAND MOVE WHO MADE IT FAMOUS. REMEMBER TERRY MULHOLLAND? BACK IF THE DAY. THAT GOT INTO THE SCOUTING REPORT. THE MULHOLLAND PICK-OFF. >>Clay: THAT WAS CLOSE. TERRY MULHOLLAND TOLD ME ONE TIME THAT HE WAS REALLY INTO THE FAR EASTERN HEALTH DIET AND THE CHINESE DIETS AND STUFF. HE WAS EATING SOME WEIRD STUFF ONCE UPON A TIME. ONCE HE HIT 40 I THINK HE WENT INTO A MIDLIFE CRISIS BUT WHATEVER IT WAS IT WAS WORKING BECAUSE HE PITCHED WELL INTO HIS 40’S. THERE WAS SOME STUFF HE WAS EATING THAT I DIDN’T WANT TO TOUCH. HE SUGGESTED IT AND I SAID NO, THANKS. >>Chris: THE FASTBALL GETTING AWAY FROM HIM A LITTLE BIT. THAT’S WHAT CAN HAPPEN TO CRONIN. SOMETIMES HE WILL SCATTER IT A LITTLE BIT. >>Clay: ISAIAH CAMPBELL HOPING THAT CRONIN CAN KEEP THIS LEAD. KEEP HIM IN LINE FOR THE VICTORY. WESTBURG AT THE PLATE. 0-3. HE TAKES DOWN AND IN. SO CRONIN HITS MANGUM. WALKS WESTBURG. HERE COMES THE NUMBER THREE HITTER. TANNER ALLEN IN THE ORDER. >>Chris: CRONIN IS A TRUE CLOSER BECAUSE HE LIKES TO MAKE IT INTERESTING. RIGHT? OTHER THAN RIVERA, MOST OF THEM LIKE TO MAKE IT INTERESTING. MATT CRONIN IS NOT AFRAID TO GET A LITTLE TRAFFIC ON IN HIS APPEARANCES. >>Clay: HE FACES THE LEFTHANDER, TANNER ALLEN. PERHAPS THIS IS A BETTER MATCH-UP FOR CRONIN. ALLEN WITH TWO HITS AGAINST CAMPBELL. HE’S TWO FOR THREE TONIGHT. >>Clay: 7 2/3 INNINGS FOR ISAIAH. 10 STRIKEOUTS TONIGHT. TWO ON, TWO OUT, MISSISSIPPI STATE DOWN ONE. THAT SAILS UP. >>Chris: IF YOU’RE TANNER ALLEN AND YOU SEE A BALL UP LIKE THAT YOU PROBABLY IMMEDIATELY ELIMINATE IT, WHEN YOU SEE ONE COME OUT SPINNING LIKE THAT, AGAINST A GUY THAT YOU ALREADY KNOW WANTS TO THROW HEATERS YOU REALLY SIT ON IT. >>Clay: SHARPLY HIT BUT FOUL. >>Chris: THAT WAS A SWING READY FOR THE FASTBALL. >>Clay: WHAT’S TANNER ALLEN SITTING ON HERE?>>Chris: STAY ON THE FAVENLT THE BOOK ON HIM IS HE WANTS TO THROW HEATERS, THE FIRST ONE NOT VERY GOOD SO YOU KNOW IF HE’S GOING TO GIVE UP THIS LEAD IT’S GOING TO BE ON HIS BEST PITCH PLUS HE’S THROWING 94-95 MILES AN HOUR SO YOU’VE GOT TO GET IT READY AND HOPE THAT YOU CAN KEEP YOUR HANDS BACK ON THE BREAKING BALL. >>Clay: HOGS FANS TO THEIR FEET. THE 1-2. DIDN’T COME WITH THE FASTBALL THERE. 84 MILES AN HOUR. >>Chris: ANOTHER BAD BREAKING BALL. THAT’S ALL THE MORE REASON TO SIT ON THAT HEATER. >>Clay: NO ACTIVITY IN THE RAZORBACK BULLPEN. IT’S CRONIN’S — AT LEAST FOR NOW. HERE COMES THE 2-2. GOT HIM. TANNER ALLEN PROBABLY SWUNG AT BALL THREE. CRONIN MAKES IT INTERESTING AS YOU SAID, BURKEY, BUT HE GETS OUT, AND ISAIAH CAMPBELL AT THE TOP STEP TO GREET HIM. >>Chris: MATT CRONIN NOT AFRAID TO KEEP IT INTERESTING BUT THE BIG PUNCHOUT TO GET THE HOGS OFF THE FIELD WITH THE LEAD INTACT. >>Clay: TALKED ABOUT IT BEFORE. EMERSON HANCOCK WAS TERRIFIC TONIGHT IN THE GAPE THAT PRECEDED US ON ESPNU. 11 STRIKEOUTS FOR GEORGIA. THEY BEAT MISSOURI 3-0 IN GAME ONE OF THAT SERIES. TENNESSEE STAYS HOT. 4-2 OVER KENTUCKY. AUBURN 7-4 WINNERS AT HOME OVER OLE MISS. TEXAS A&M BEAT STRUGGLING SOUTH CAROLINA 8-2. FLORIDA TRYING TO TURN AROUND THEIR S.E.C. SEASON. ALEX BOX STADIUM IN THE FIFTH INNING. ALL THE SERIES IN THE S.E.C. GETTING STARTED TONIGHT WITH THE EXCEPTION OF VANDERBILT AND ALABAMA. THAT SERIES STARTS TOMORROW. >>Clay: RILEY SELF ALMOST HIT EZELL TO START THE EIGHTH INNING. EZELL WAS LEFT AT THE PLATE IN THE SEVENTH WHEN CHRISTIAN FRANKLIN WAS CAUGHT STEALING. SEV MISSES WIDE. TWO BALLS AND NO STRIKES TO EZELL. 0-2 WITH A SACRIFICE BUNT. ARKANSAS WOULD LIKE INSURANCE, CHRIS, MISSISSIPPI STATE DOWN TO ITS LAST THREE OUTS BUT IT’S AN OFFENSE THAT HAS BEEN ABLE TO HAVE BASE RUNNERS EVEN THOUGH FACING ISAIAH CAMPBELL. >>Chris: IT’S THE NUMBER ONE OFFENSE IN THE LEAGUE. TOP FIVE OFFENSE IN AMERICA. YOU DON’T FEEL GOOD EVEN WITH YOUR DUDE ON THE MOUND WITH JUST A ONE-RUN LEAD SO A LEADOFF WALK HERE TO START THE BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH IS A NICE START IF YOU’RE DAVE VAN HORN TRYING TO TACK ON A COUPLE HERE. >>Clay: HERE IS CASEY MARTIN. HE HAD THAT BIG TWO-RUN DOUBLE IN THE SIXTH. THAT GOT THE SCORING STARTED FOR ARKANSAS. SELF MISSES DOWN. CASEY MARTIN PLAYED AT THIRD BASE LAST YEAR FOR THE RAZORBACKS BUT WITH THE TEXAS RANGERS DRAFTING JACKS BIGGERS LEFT THAT SPOT OPEN AND MARTIN HAS FILLED IT NICELY. FOXHALL IS GOING TO COME OUT TO TALK TO SELF. WHILE WE HAVE A MOMENT. THE NBA PLAYOFFS THAT CONTINUE TOMORROW. GAME THREE IN THREE GAMES. >>Clay: CELTICS LEAD THE PACERS AND THE TRAIL BLAZERS LEAD THE THUNDER TWO GAMES TO NONE. >>Chris: THUNDER HAVE A LOT TO PROVE. THERE IS A LOT ON THE LINE FOR MR. WESTBROOK IN THAT SERIES. >>Clay: JACK EAGAN A JUNIOR LEFTHANDER FOR THE BULLDOGS. HOW AGGRESSIVE HERE?>>Chris: LET IT RIP. YOU’VE GOT A CHANCE AT A TWO-RUN HOMER. THIS IS A HITTER THAT YOU DON’T WANT TO PUT HANDCUFFS ON BECAUSE HE CAN MAKE BIG THINGS HAPPEN. WE SAW HIM MAKE A SWING AGAINST SMALL WHERE HE LOOKED BAD AND THE NEXT PITCH HIT A TWO-RUN DOUBLE. >>Clay: 2-1. IT WAS BY FAR AT THE TIME THE HARDEST HIT BALL OF THE NIGHT AGAINST SMALL. SEVERAL FOLLOWED AFTER THAT. HAVE KNOCKED SMALL OUT OF THE GAME. POPPED UP OUT OF PLAY. >>Chris: I THINK — YOU TALKED ABOUT THE AT-BAT THAT FRANKLIN WAS REALLY THE BIG A.B. IN THAT INNING AND I THINK YOU’RE RIGHT BUT ALSO, THE PITCH TO MARTIN, GOT HIM TO CHASE ONE OUT OF THE ZONE. I DON’T THINK HE NEEDED TO THROW A STRIKE. YOU’RE AHEAD IN THE COUNT. A KID WHO IS KNOWN TO STRIKE OUT. 45 PUNCHOUTS COMING INTO THIS GAPE ON THE SEASON. >>Clay: A LINER DOWN THE LINE BUT FOUL. >>Chris: IT FELT LIKE THE TIME IN THE GAME WHERE YOU WANT TO EXPAND THE ZONE. NOT CHALLENGE IN THE ZONE. MAYBE HE WANTED TO DO THAT BUT THE PITCH WAS UP AND OUT OVER THE PLATE. CASEY MARTIN SMOKED IT INTO THE LEFT CENTER FIELD GAP. >>Clay: ETHAN SMALL. SIX INNINGS TONIGHT. DIDN’T GIVE UP A HILL UNTIL THE FIFTH INNING. GAVE UP FIVE IN ALL AND THREE RUNS. POPPED UP. MIGHT BE PLAYABLE FOR THE FIRST BASEMAN, TANNER ALLEN. HE’S CALLING EVERYBODY OFF AND MAKES THE GRAB ON THE TRACK IN FRONT OF THE DUGOUT. A BIG FIRST OUT FOR MISSISSIPPI STATE. THEY TRY TO KEECH THIS A ONE-RUN GAME AND GET >>Clay: THEY TRY TO KEEP THIS A ONE-RUN GAME AND GET IT TO THE NINTH. >>Chris: HAS HIS WORK CUT OUT OF HIM TO GET OUT OF THIS INNING WITH A ZERO. >>Chris: I LIKE IT. >>Clay: WHAT WAS YOUR HIGHEST BATTING AVERAGE AT TENNESSEE?>>Chris: MY LAST YEAR I HIT .435. >>Clay: IT REALLY WASN’T EVEN CLOSE. EVEN THE LAST COUPLE WEEKS OF THE SEASON YOU KNEW YOU WERE GOING TO AT LEAST HAVE .400. >>Chris: YES. MY SOPHOMORE YEAR I WAS CLOSE AND I WENT INTO THE LAST WEEKEND — HAD TO GRIND IT OUT. THAT WAS DEFINITELY A BIG NUMBER THAT I WANTED TO STAY ABOVE. BUT NOT MY JUNIOR YEAR. I HAD A LITTLE CUSHION. >>Clay: CHARGING IN. MANGUM MAKES THE CATCH. TWO OUTS. THAT IS A MAGICAL NUMBER. THE .400 IN BASEBALL. >>Chris: YEAH. >>Clay: IT’S — IT’S SO RARE. EVEN IN COLLEGE. >>Chris: YEAH, THERE IS DEFINITELY A MENTAL BATTLE AS THE SEASON WINDS DOWN TO MAINTAIN THAT, AND YOU SEE IT WITH GOODHEART AND WITH MANGUM AND WITH OFF THEIP MARTIN AT VANDERBILT, WE SAW IT WITH BRENT ROOKER A FEW YEARS BACK — USUALLY THE LEAGUE HAS AT LEAST ONE GUY THAT’S FIGHTING TO DO IT. JONATHAN INDIA LAST YEAR WAS RIGHT AROUND THAT NUMBER. >>Clay: DOES IT PLAY WITH YOUR HEAD?>>Chris: IT DOES, IT DOES. I REMEMBER MY SOPHOMORE YEAR GOING INTO MY LAST WEEKEND AT SOUTH CAROLINA AND I HAD A FEW DIFFERENT — I HAD TWO THINGS GOING ON. I WAS TRYING TO HIT .400 AND I WAS TRYING TO GET THE SINGLE-SEASON HIT RECORD AT TENNESSEE ALL IN ONE WEEKEND. AT THE END OF THE DAY ALL YOU CAN DO IS TRY TO PUT A GOOD SWING ON A GOOD PITCH BUT THAT WILL DEFINITELY ADD SOME STRESS TO YOUR A.B.’S. >>Clay: APPROXIMATE TO THE THIRD BASE UMPIRE. GREG GREGSON. HE DID NOT GO AROUND. >>Chris: ONE OF THE INTERESTING THINGS TALKING TO JAKE MANGUM IS THAT HE USED THE PHRASE “I’M READY FOR IT TO BE OVER WITH.” BUT THE TRUTH IS EVEN ONCE HE DOES IT YOU WILL STILL HAVE THE NEXT DAY YOU WILL WAKE UP AND REALIZE THERE IS A LOT LEFT. >>Clay: THAT COULD BE THE INSURANCE ARKANSAS IS LOOKING FOR. DEEP FLY BALL. GOODBYE. HOME RUN. DOMINIC FLETCHER WITH A TWO-RUN RIDE TO RIGHT. AND IT’S NOW 5-1. 5-2, PARDON ME. THERE IS THE INSURANCE THEY WANTED. >>Chris: GET IT UP AND GET IT OUT. ARKANSAS FAITHFUL HAVING SOME FUN. DEPUTY A HANGING CUTTER THAT DOMINIC FLETCHER LOOKED LIKE HE CUT THIS BALL A BIT BUT ON A NIGHT WHEN THE BALL IS TRAVELING WELL TO RIGHT FIELD, A BALL HIT UP IN THE AIR SAILS INTO THE RIGHT FIELD BULLPEN AS THE HOGS ADD ON TWO MORE. >>Clay: THAT’S PIG SOOEY HERE, ALSO A BIG COLLECTIVE FAYETTEVILLE SIGH OF RELIEF. >>Chris: YEAH. MATT CRONIN HAS TO BE FEELING GOOD NOW WITH A THREE-RUN LEAD. >>Clay: HESTON TJERSTAD AT THE PLATE. TALKED ABOUT RILEY SELF BEFORE. HE’S HAD SOME ISSUES. GIVING UP SOME BASE RUNNERS. GIVES UP THE HOME RUN HERE. THERE IS CRONIN, WHO WILL BE OUT TO TRY TO SEAL IT FOR ARKANSAS IN THE NINTH. HIT WELL. THAT WILL FIND THE RIGHT FIELD GRASS. KJERSTAD WITH HIS FIRST HIT OF THE SERIES. THESE BATS NOW FOR ARKANSAS BECOME THE STORY. THEY HAD 22 RUNS IN THE LAST TWO GAMES. THEY’VE PUT UP FIVE HERE TONIGHT AGAINST ETHAN SMALL AND NOW RILEY SELF. >>Chris: COUPLE GOOD TEAMS GOING AT IT HERE IN THIS BALLGAME. THIS IS GOING TO BE A REALLY FUN SERIES. ARKANSAS SHOWING SOME OF THEIR MUSCLE HERE IN THE LATTER INNINGS. SOME REALLY, REALLY TALENTED HITTERS IN THIS LINEUP. >>Clay: JACK KENLEY AT THE PLATE NOW. HE’S 0-3. MISSISSIPPI STATE IS GOING TO START SENIOR RIGHTHANDER PEYTON PLUMLEE TOMORROW. GINN BE ON A SATURDAY TIME FRAME AND THEN GO BACK TO BEING THE NUMBER TWO. THAT IS JERKED DOWN THE LINE BUT FOUL. >>Chris: THEY WILL PUT HIM BACK IN THE NUMBER TWO SPOT WHERE HE SPENT MOST OF THE SEASON BUT A LITTLE TRICEP SORENESS THAT’S KEPT HIM LIMITED THE LAST FEW WEEKS. >>Clay: HE DIDN’T SHOW ANY SIGNS OF THAT ON SUNDAY AGAINST ALABAMA. >>Chris: NO. THE STUFF LOOKS GOOD. >>Clay: HE LOOKED SOLID. >>Chris: THEY ARE WISELY BEING CAUTIOUS. >>Clay: IT WAS A SHORT OUTING. >>Chris: YEAH. >>Clay: HIS LAST TIME OUT. KENLEY TURNED AROUND ON THAT ONE. >>Chris: IT’S A TOUGH MATCH-UP FOR SELF. EVERYTHING HE THROWS. THAT WAS A — EVERYTHING HE THROWS CUTS BACK IN TOWARD THE LEFT-HANDED HITTERS. YOU SAW FLETCHER LAUNCH ONE OUT OF HERE, KJERSTAD HIT A ROCKET IN THE HOLE, KENLEY ALMOST HIT ONE DOWN THE LINE AND THE BOOK ON SELF IS THAT HE’S COMING IN THERE, CUTTER, SLIDER, GETS SOME LEFTIES THAT ARE LOOKING TO GET THE HEAD OUT. >>Clay: RILEY SELF, JUNIOR FROM COLDWATER, MISSISSIPPI. TRYING TO GET ONE MORE OUT AND GET MISSISSIPPI STATE BACK IN THE DUGOUT. DOWN JUST THREE. TWO BIG INSURANCE RUNS FOR ARKANSAS THIS INNING. THAT SHOULD DO IT. POPPED UP. GILBERT WAS COMING IN DEFENSIVELY. MAKES A MISTAKE. GILBERT. WHO COMES IN AS A DEFENSIVE REPLACEMENT DROPS A POP FLY. AND THE INNING ROLLS ON. >>Chris: I DON’T KNOW IF HE LOST THIS OR WHAT, CLAY, BUT HE WAS NOWHERE NEAR THAT BALL. WE KNOW THE WIND IS BLOWING HARD OUT TO RIGHT BUT HE TOOK HIS EYE OFF IT THERE FOR A SECOND. WESTBURG DOESN’T COME OVER. >>Clay: THE WIND IS BLOWING BAD BUT NOT THAT BAD. >>Chris: I DON’T KNOW, 15 OR 20 FEET WHERE WHERE HE WAS AT ONE POINT TO WHERE THE BALL FINISHED AND THEY’RE LUCKY THAT DIDN’T COST THEM A RUN. OF COURSE, IT COULD RIGHT HERE WITH ONE SWING OF THE BAT BUT ON THAT PLAY. WESTBURG RECOVERS TO GET HIS HANDS ON THAT BALL. THAT COULD HAVE SOMEHOW DRIVEN IN A RUN. I GUESS THAT GOES AS A HIT. >>Clay: A DOUBLE FOR KENLEY AND THE MOST FORTUITOUS DOUBLE HE WILL EVER HAVE AS NESBIT COMES UP D. >>Chris: WIFE SEEN SOME POPUPS FALL TONIGHT. D. >>Chris: WIFE SEEN SOME POPUPS FALL TONIGHT. . >>Chris: WIFE SEEN SOME POPUPS FALL TONIGHT. >>Clay: NESBIT IS 0-3. MAYBE THE WIND IS PLAYING TRICKS ON FLY BALLS TONIGHT. IT’S GUSTING OUT TO RIGHT. SOMETIMES THE WIND SWIRLS IN GOOFY DIRECTIONS THAT WE CAN’T TELL FROM UP HERE. >>Chris: YEAH.>>Clay: THAT SEEMED TO BE A LITTLE BIT TOO MUCH OF A MISPLAY FOR IT TO BE JUST ENTIRELY WIND.>>Chris: IT’S NOT BLOWING THAT HARD. >>Clay: GAVE UP THE LEADOFF WALK TO EZELL THEN GOT MARTIN AND GOODHEART TO FLY OUT. BUT THEN THE TWO-RUN HOMER TO FLETCHER. THE SINGLE TO KJERSTAD. THEN THAT GOOFY INFIELD DOUBLE MOMENTS AGO BY KENLEY. BLOCKED BY SKELTON. A WIN TONIGHT WOULD BE THREE IN A ROW FOR ARKANSAS AND THEIR 10TH S.E.C. WIN OF THE YEAR. UNLESS MISSISSIPPI STATE CAN COME BACK THEIR SEVEN-GAME WIN STREAK WOULD COME TO AN END. THAT’S GOING TO END THE INNING. SKELTON HAS TO DO SOME DIRTY WORK. HE THROWS DOWN TO FIRST. WE GO TO THE NINTH. MISSISSIPPI STATE NEEDS THREE NOW. THANKS TO A TWO-RUN BLAST. BY DOMINIC FLETCHER. HIS SIXTH HOME RUN OF THE YEAR. >>Chris: THAT’S WHY I THINK THE CHAMP IS GOING TO COME FROM THE EAST. >>Clay: BIG FLY. McNAMEE. GOODBYE. HOME RUN. IT’S 5-3. FIRST PITCH FROM CRONIN LEAVES THE YARD OFF THE BAT OF McNAMEE, HIS SIXTH OF THE YEAR. >>Chris: YOU THINK THOSE INSURANCE RUNS WEREN’T IMPORTANT? WE WOULD BE STARING A TIE BALLGAME RIGHT NOW, CLAY MATVICK, INSTEAD A TWO-RUN DEFICIT BUT HOW ABOUT GREETING MATT CRONIN LIKE THIS IN THE NINTH. A BOMB. >>Clay: HOW MANY BIG HOME RUNS HAS McNAMEE HIT? CLUTCH HOME RUNS. THIS MAY END UP BEING AN AFTERTHOUGHT BUT FIVE HOME RUNS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT LAST YEAR. TWO WALK-OFFS. NOW HERE LEADING OFF THE NINTH AS MISSISSIPPI STATE TRIES TO COME BACK. >>Chris: IN A WAY YOU WOULD ALMOST RATHER LIKE A DOUBLE TO HAVE SOME TRAFFIC OUT THERE BUT NOTHING WRONG WITH PUTTING A QUICK RUN ON THE BOARD. >>Clay: A BALL AND A STRIKE TO FOSCUE. ELIJAH McNAMEE, SENIOR FROM CYPRESS, TEXAS. LOST HIS GRANDMOTHER, BRUCE, HERE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. HE’S BEEN DEDICATING HIS PLAY TO HIM THAT HOME RUN MAKING IT A TWO-RUN GAME AGAIN. IT GOT QUIETER HERE AT BAUM STADIUM. 1-2 TO FOSCUE. GOT HIM. CRONIN RARING BACK. THAT WAS 89 ON THE GUN. SOUNDED LOUDER THAN THAT. POPPED THE GLOVE OF OPITZ. >>Chris: GETS THAT BIG FIRST OUT. >>Clay: 12 STRIKEOUTS TONIGHT FOR ARKANSAS PITCHING. >>Chris: GOING BACK TO THE CONVERSATION ABOUT THE OVERALL S.E.C. CHAMP. I FEEL LIKE EITHER GEORGIA OR VANDERBILT, SPECIFICALLY WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE SCHEDULE VANDERBILT, THE SCHEDULE SETS UP FOR THEM BETTER THAN ANYBODY AND YOU LOOK AT THE BATTLE WE’VE WITNESSED TONIGHT BETWEEN THESE CLUBS AND YOU THINK ABOUT THE WEST IS GOING TO KEEP DOING THAT TO EACH OTHER THROUGHOUT THE BALANCE OF THE REMAINING CONFERENCE GAMES. HARD TO GET TO 19-20 WINS. >>Clay: RIGHT. >>Clay: CAL TRYING TO GET OUT TO A GOOD START AGAINST THE NUMBER ONE TEAM IN THE COUNTRY IN THAT SERIES ON THE ROAD IN L.A. TONIGHT. UCLA HAS WON 10 OF ITS LAST 11. HE WENT AROUND. STRIKEOUT NUMBER TWO IN THE INNING FOR CRONIN AND NOW MISSISSIPPI STATE IS DOWN TO ITS LAST OUT. >>Chris: YOU TALK ABOUT HIGH-END STUFF. 13 STRIKEOUTS FOR MISSISSIPPI STATE TONIGHT AND THEY COME INTO THIS GAME AS THE HARDEST TEAM IN THE SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE TO STRIKE OUT. WHAT A PITCHING PERFORMANCE BY ARKANSAS. >>Clay: HELD TO THREE RUNS SO FAR. THEY AVERAGE ALMOST NINE PER GAME. SKELTON LOOKS AT A BENDER FOR STRIKE ONE. >>Chris: IF HE CAN LAND THAT ONE CONSISTENTLY THE FASTBALL WILL PLAY FIRMER. THE FIRST DECENT BREAKING BALL WE’VE SEEN FROM HIM. >>Clay:>>Clay: FANS WANT TO SEE IT ENDED HERE. THE 0-2. MISSISSIPPI STATE ROLLING INTO THE SERIES RED HOT. SEVEN STRAIGHT WINS. SWEPT ALABAMA AT HOME. FLY BALL. FLY BALLS HAVE BEEN TOUGH TONE FOR EVERYBODY. MARTIN CALLS FOR IT. HE’S GOT IT. AND ARKANSAS HAS GAME ONE 5-3. ISAIAH CAMPBELL WITH A BEAUTIFUL START. CRONIN GETS TOUCHED A LITTLE BIT COMING OUT OF THE PEN. HE WILL GET THE SAVE. 5-3 THE FINAL. >>Chris: A FANTASTIC BASEBALL GAME. TWO STAR PITCHERS BATTLING IT OUT FOR THE FIRST FIVE INNINGS CERTAINLY WE SAW THE BEST THOSE YOUNG MEN HAVE TO OFFER, CAMPBELL A LITTLE BIT BETTER THAN ETHAN SMALL IN THIS BALLGAME. SMALL WEARS DOWN A LITTLE BIT, ARKANSAS OFFENSE MAKES HIM PAY, DOMINIC FLETCHER WITH THE TWO-RUN HOMER TO TACK ON A COUPLE MUCH-NEED INSURANCE RUNS AND MATT CRONIN MAKES IT STICK IN A HUGE GAME ONE THURSDAY NIGHT VICTORY FOR ARKANSAS. >>Clay: ISAIAH CAMPBELL WITH HIS SEVENTH WIN AGAINST ONE LOSS ON THE YEAR. SMALL SUFFERS HIS FIRST DEFEAT OF THE SEASON. HE WAS SO GOOD. UNTIL THAT SIXTH INNING WHERE MISSISSIPPI STATE’S BATS — OR ARKANSAS’S BATS CAME ALIVE. ON THIS THURSDAY NIGHT ON THIS EASTER WEEKEND, HEAD TO HEAD TOP 10 TEAMS. ARKANSAS ARKANSAS A 5-3 VICTORY IN GAME ONE. WE’RE WAITING FOR ISAIAH CAMPBELL, THE WINNING PITCHER FOR ARKANSAS TO JOIN US FROM DOWN ON THE FIELD. THIS ARKANSAS TEAM IN FRONT OF A BIG CROWD AND ISAIAH CAMPBELL GETS IT DONE. ISAIAH, CONGRATULATIONS ON A GREAT PERFORMANCE HERE TONIGHT. HOW DID IT FEEL ON THE MOUND?>>FIRST OFF, THANK YOU. FELT GOOD ON THE MOUND. I HAD MY FASTBALL WORKING TO ALL SIDES OF THE PLATE. THAT WAS ONE THING THAT WE TALKED ABOUT BEFORE THE GAME WAS GOING INSIDE THESE HITTERS BECAUSE THEY’RE LOOKING TO GET THEIR HANDS EXTENDED AND I KEPT COMING IN AND MADE THEM UNCOMFORTABLE IT AND IT WORKED OUT FOR 7 2/3. >>Chris: YOU FACED ONE OF THE BEST PITCHERS IN THE LEAGUE. HE WAS RAISEAR SHARP TO START THE GAPE. WHAT’S IT LIKE PITCHING AGAINST ANOTHER TEAM’S ACE?>>IT’S AWESOME. YOU HAVE TO RAISE TO THE OCCASION. WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A TOUGH BATTLE EVERY GAME ONE IN THE S.E.C. IT’S NO JOKE IN THIS LEAGUE. YOU’RE GOING TO GET GREAT COMPETITION EVERY WEEKEND. I THINK THE SIXTH GOT US IN THE LEAD AND I CAME OUT AND CRONIN CAME IN AND CLOSED THE DOOR. >>Chris: LAST LIKE PLAYING LAST WEEK AGAINST VANDY MORE SPLIT. TODAY LOOKED LIKE MORE BREAKING BALLS. IS THAT A MATCH-UP THING WITH THIS LINEUP OR IS THAT HOW YOU WERE FEAG?>>MY SPLITTER IS THE BEST IT’S BEEN ALL YEAR. WE KEPT GOING TO IT. THE CUTTER-CURVEBALL COMBINATION WORKED WELL. MORE OF A FEEL THING TO GO TO THOSE TWO PITCHES THAN THE SPLITTER. >>Clay: AND YOU HAD IT EARLY. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT OFF-SPEED PITCH AND THAT CURVEBALL WAS WORKING EARLY AND THE GUYS ARE IN A GREAT MOOD. THIS HAS TO BE SUCH A GREAT FEELING IN A BIG SERIES LIKE THIS. THERE WAS A LOT OF BUILDUP FOR THIS PITCHING MATCH-UP. A HOLIDAY WEEKEND. A BIG CROWD. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A GREAT FEELING. WHAT WERE THE WORDS DOWN THERE AFTER THE WIN?>>VAN HORN IS HAPPY. EVERYONE IS HAPPY. WHEN YOU CAN GET A WIN TO OPEN UP A SERIES AT HOME IN FRONT OF A CROWD LIKE THIS, IT’S BIG FOR THE TEAM TO GET MOMENTUM INTO TOMORROW AND I EXPECT PATRICK WICKLANDER WILL DO HIS THING AND HOPE WE GET ANOTHER WIN TOMORROW. >>Clay: IF THE BOSS IS HAPPY, EVERYBODY IS HAPPY. THAT’S THE CASE HERE TONIGHT. DAVE VAN HORN HAS A SMILE. YOU SHOULD HAVE A SMILE TOO. THAT’S AN EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE. ISAIAH CAMPBELL JOINING US. GETS HIS SEVENTH WIN OF THE YEAR FOR THE ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS, BURKEY, THEY WIN IT TONIGHT IN GAME ONE 5-3 OVER MISSISSIPPI STATE. CRONIN SIGNING SOME AUTOGRAPHS. THE HOGS ARE SINGING PIG SOOEY HERE IN FAYETTEVILLE. BACK IN A MOMENT. >>Clay: HIGH FIECHZ IN FAYETTEVILLE FOR THE ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS AS THEY WIN OVER NUMBER TWO MISSISSIPPI STATE. SERIES CONTINUES TOMORROW. IT WILL WRAP UP SATURDAY. ISAIAH CAMPBELL WITH THE 10 STRIKEOUTS TONIGHT. HE WAS SHARP AS WE TALKED ABOUT. WE JUST TALKED TO HIMP. 7 2/3 INNINGS. HIS BEST OUTING OF THE YEAR. >>Chris: HE WAS FANTASTIC. HE ADMITTED TO FEELING THE ENERGY FACING AGAINST ETHAN SMALL AND HE ANSWERED THE BELL AND THEN SOME. YOU HEARD HIM TALK ABOUT THE CUTTER-CURVEBALL COMBO. WE SAW THAT ALL NIGHT LONG. THE BALL DIVING IN THE ZONE. TWO DIFFERENT BREAKING BALLS. DIFFERENT SHAPES. THATTIX MAT FASTBALL PLAY UP THAT MUCH MORE AND THEN THE OFFENSE RESPONDS. CHRISTIAN FRANKLIN WITH THE TWO-STRIKE BASE HIT UP THE MIDDLE AFTER THE WALK TO OPITZ THEN CASEY MARTIN ON AN 0-1 FASTBALL OVER THE PLATE. HOOKS IT IN THE LEFT CENTER FIELD GAP. ARKANSAS GETS A COUPLE. THEY WOULD ADD ON A FEW MORE. GOODHEART HITS A LINER UP THE MIDDLE. THAT GAVE THEM A 3-1 LEAD. WE KNOW THE TWO-RUN HOMER LATER BY FLETCHER EXTENDED THAT LEAD AND THAT ALLOWED McNAMEE TO HIT THE HOMER AND NOT DO DAMAGE. COMPLETE PERFORMANCE BY ARKANSAS. >>Clay: WHEN YOU LOOK AHEAD TO THE POSTSEASON AND THE POSSIBILITY OF ARKANSAS BEING A REGIONAL HOST, THIS IS A BIG WIN. THEY’VE GIVEN THEMSELVES TWO GAMES TO WIN THE SERIES AND YOU SAID AT THE TOP OF THE BROADCAST YOU THOUGHT THIS WAS A BIGGER SERIES FOR ARKANSAS THAN MISSISSIPPI STATE BECAUSE OF THE IMPLICATIONS FOR THE POSTSEASON.>>Chris: YOU HAVE TO PROTECT YOUR HOME FIELD AND YOU HAVE ALL THESE R.P.I. POINTS AT STAKE PLAYING THE NUMBER TWO TEAM IN THE COUNTRY, MISSISSIPPI STATE SO IF ARKANSAS CAN WIN THIS SERIES I THINK IT’S A REALLY BIG RESUME’ BUILDER. >>Clay: THE BULLPEN FOR ARKANSAS. KOSTYSHOCK NOT USED TONIGHT, CRONIN WASN’T USED A LOT TONIGHT. MAYBE THEY COULD USE HIM AGAIN TOMORROW BUT FOR SURE GAME THREE IF THEY HAVE TO. >>Chris: YOUR ACE CAN PITCH INTO THE EIGHTH INNING, YOU NEED ONLY ONE RELIEVER AND THAT SETS UP THE BULLPEN FOR THE REST OF THE SERIES. >>Clay: HERE IS A LOOK AT THE S.E.C. WEST UPDATED STANDINGS. TEXAS A&M 10-5-1. MISSISSIPPI STATE AND ARKANSAS 10-6. THIS IS GOING TO BE A DOGFIGHT RIGHT TO THE END IN THE WEST. >>Chris: IT’S GOING TO BE HARD FOR ANYBODY IN THE WEST TO RUN AWAY AND HIDE. THERE IS TOO MUCH COMPETITION. SIX OF THE SEVEN CLUBS RANKED. YOU LOOK AT IT AND SAY HOW MANY NATIONAL SEEDS CAN THEY GET? I’M NOT SURE. BOTH TEAMS HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN THE WEST. A&M CERTAINLY HAS THE PITCHING. I LIKE BOTH OF THESE CLUBS’ OFFENSES BETTER. INTERESTING TO SEE THE SHAKEUP. CAN L.S.U. BOUNCE BACK? GETTING BEAT UP TONIGHT BY FLORIDA. AUBURN LOOKS TO BE STRUGGLING. OLE MISS LOSES TONIGHT. CAN GET AUBURN GOING. I THINK THESE TWO ARE THE CLASS MUCH THE WEST EVEN THOUGH A&M RIGHT NOW IS IN THE LEAD BECAUSE I LIKE THE OFFENSES OF THESE TWO CLUBS BETTER THAN A&M. >>Clay: GREAT WAY TO START THIS EASTER WEEKEND OF S.E.C. BASEBALL. THIS THURSDAY NIGHT TILT. ETAN SMALL. ISAIAH CAMPBELL. GREAT PITCHING MATCH-UP. CAMPBELL GETS A SEVENTH WIN. SMALL SUFFERS HIS FIRST LOSS. 5-3 THE FINAL. IT GOES TO ARKANSAS. COMING UP NEXT. THE DRAFT. FEATURE. FOR CHRIS BURKE, CLAY MATVICK. SO LONG FROM FA

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