Arkansas Razorback Baseball – Game 50 vs LSU (Game 1)


>>TONIGHT FROM FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS, THE ONLY GAME IN TOWNT A TOP 25 SHOWDOWN BETWEEN LSU AND ARKANSAS. WELCOME TO THE SEC ON ESPN. ANOTHER FANTASTIC CROWD AT BOB WALKER’S STADIUM AND THEY ARE READY FOR THESE TWO RIVALS TO GO TO GO HEAD-TO-HEAD. AT THE FIRST OF THREE BETWEEN 17 LSU AND O FOURTH-RANKED ARKANSA. SEEMS LIKE A YEAR AGO ARKANSAS WAS FIGHTING FOR A DIVISION TITLE AND THEY ARE DOING THE SAME THIS SEASON. THIS IS THEIR FIRST OUTRIGHT DIVISION TITLE SINCE 2011. IF THEY TIT CAN JUST KEEP THEIRT ON THE GAS, WELCOME, EVERYBODY. TOM, AND WATER PEREZ, KYLE PETERSON. BIG K WEEKEND, BIG SEASON. LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE ON PLACE TOE GET BACK TO OMAHA.>>SHORT-TERM MEMORY IS WHAT THEY ARE READY FOR AN EVER SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON, AFTER THAT DREADFUL LAWS IN THEF COLLEGE WORLD SERIES WHEN THEY WERE ONE OUT AWAY FROM WINNING AT ALL, THEY COME IN RANKED 12TH BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, THEIR AUDIENCE HAS REALLY TAKEN OFF, TONIGHT, THEY ARE GOING TO TRY TO CONTINUE TO WIN A SERIES HERE AT BOB WALKER STADIUM.>>Tom: MEANWHILE, IT SEEMS LSU WINS IN EVERY CONCEIVABLE WAY WHEN THEY’RE GOOD. BUT LATELY THEY’VE BEEN LOSING IN EVERY CONCEIVABLE WAY.>>Kyle: THEY HAVE BUT THEY ARE STILL IN A DECENT SPOT. IT’S SAYING SOMETHING AND A LOT OF IT IS BECAUSE OF THIS GUY, JOSH SMITH, WHO IS HEALTHY THIS YEAR. BATTLED INJURIES. THIS YEAR, HE IS IN THE SPOT THEY WANTED SMITH, SHORTSTOP RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS LINE APPEARED TO BE OFFENSIVE NUMBERS HAVE BEEN OUTSTANDING, SO HAS THE SPEED.ND 15 STOLEN BASES FORCE FOR.>>Tom: .452 AVERAGE, LSU TRYING TO SNAP A THREE-GAME LOSING STREAK. A THRILLER LAST TIME AGAINST OLDNESS, THREE CONSECUTIVE AT-BATS TO SEND IT TO EXTRA INNINGS BUT THEN LOST IN 10. THAT IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE, LSU, MIDDLE OF THE PACK IN EVERY CATEGORY IN THE SEC. MEANWHILE, COLLEGE GRADUATE ISAIAH CAMPBELL GETS THE BALL FOR THE ARKANSASEL RAZORBACKS. 8-1 WITH A .254 E.R.A.>>Kyle: HE HAS TURNED INTO THE REAL FACE OF THIS STAFF. AT THIS YEAR, HE HAS REALLY MOVED INTO THEIR ROLE AND HE’S BEEN SO MUCH MORE EFFICIENT. FASTBALL, SLOWT. 90s, THE SPLITTER, THE CHANGEUP AND THE CUT HER OFF THAT. CAMPBELL, WE SAW BITS AND PIECES LAST YEAR, WE’VE SEEN IT CONSISTENTLY THIS YEAR.>>Tom: HE WILL FACE A BEVY OF LEFTIES IN THIS LSU LINEUP. 6 OF 9 BAD AGAINST THE RIGHT-HANDER, INCLUDING JOSH SMITH. HE WATCHES A PITCH MISS LOW AND IN.>>Eduardo: VERY DIFFICULT TO SQUARE UP, GOES RIGHT OVER THE TOP. YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO LAY OFF PITCHES UP IN THE ZONE AGAINSTY HIM. SOMETHING HE DOES REALLY WELL, CHANGING SPEEDS BUT AT THE SAME TIME BEING ABLE TO EXECUTE, LOCATE SWINGS AND MISSES. AGAIN, UP.>>Tom: COLD, DRIZZLY DAY AND ARKANSAS. FIRST PITCH TEMPERATURE IS 51 AND IT WILL DROP THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT. THAT ONE DROPPED BY THE CATCHER AND TOOK IT OFF HIS BARE HAND. NOT MUCH OF A BREEZE TO SPEAK OF BUT THE BALL DOES CARRY VERY WELL IN THIS BALLPARK. I THINK HE BORROWED AND WHERE HS PONCHO TONIGHT. AND HE BORROWED HIS HAT.>>Eduardo: [LAUGHS]. GOOD HAT.>>Tom: THE PITCH TO SMITH MISSES LOW. 2-2.>>Tom: SMITH, LITTLE FLARED ON THE LEFT FIELD LINE,LE IT DRS IN FRONT OF CHRISTIAN END LSU HAS THEIR LEADOFF MAN ON.>>Eduardo: WHEN YOU SAW HIM LAST YEAR YOU KNEW HE HAD A CHANCE TO BE REALLY GOOD. HIS E.R.A. SIGNIFICANTLY DROPPE DROPPED, BUT WHAT STANDS OUT TO ME IS THE CONTROL. HE HAS BEEN SO EFFICIENT, 13 WALKS, 87 STRIKES. HE HAS NOW FOUND THE ABILITY TO MINIMIZE RISK. LAST YEAR IF THEY GOT ONE THEY WERE ONLY GOING TO SCORE FOUR, FIVE. THIS YEAR, HE’S BEEN A LOT BETTER AT CONTROLLING THE SITUATION WITH GUYS ON BAT. HE’S GROWN UP.>>Tom: HE WAS THE THIRD STARTER LAST YEAR I GOT GREAT EXPERIENCE IN THE POSTSEASON, INCLUDING A COUPLE OF INNINGS AGAINST OREGON STATE IN THE CHAMPIONSHIPINST SERIES. LAST TIME OUT AGAINST KENTUCKY, CAMPBELL ALLOWED FIVE HITS ANDCA RUN. THAT WAS AN 8-1 ARKANSAS VICTOR VICTORY. SMITH, 15 STOLEN BASES ON THE SEASON, GROUNDED TO THE LEFT SIDE, SLOW ROLLER, JACOB NESBIT HAZARD. PRODUCTIVE OUT FOR ZACH WATSON, IT ADVANCES JOSH SMITH INTO SCORING POSITION. WELL, THE DUPLANTIS FAMILY WAS ABLE TO SAVE SOME MONEY ON TRAVEL THISSA WEEKEND. ANTOINE DUPLANTIS COMING TO THE THREE-HOLE, HIS BROTHER IS A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOWL VAULTER AND HE IS IN TOWN FOR THE TRACK AND FIELD TEAM FOR THE SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS. THE GRIP IN THE SAME HOUSE AND HOW THEY ARE SLEEPING IN THE SAME HOTEL FOR THE WEEKEND.>>Eduardo: A COUPLE ROOMS DOWN, RIGHT?>>Eduardo: YEAH, JUST TWO DOORS APART.>>Eduardo: WONDER IF MOM AND BETWEEN.N>>Tom: CHECK SWING, AND BEFORE DID NOT COMMIT. 1-0 THE COUNT.>>Eduardo: THE RAZORBACKS PLAY EVERYONE STRAIGHT UP DEFENSIVELY. TOP-HEAVY IN THE LINEUP FOR THE LSU TIGERS RIGHT NOW FROM THE LEFT SIDE.>>Tom: ANTOINE DUPLANTIS STEPPED INTO THE LINEUP EARLY ON, NOW HE IS TRYING TO TRACK DOWN THE ALL-TIME SCHOOL RECORD IN HITS. THE COUNT 2-0 TO DUPLANTIS.>>Kyle: DR. EDDIE FURNESS, THAT SOUNDS PRETTY GOOD. 3-0 THE COUNT ANTOINE DUPLANTIS. DO YOU EVER PITCH AGAINST EDDIE FURNESS? B3 I’M SORRY>>Tom: DID YOU EVER PITCH AGAINST EDDIE FURNESS?>>Kyle: NO, I HEARD THE QUESTION, I JUST DIDN’T WANT TO ANSWER IT. [LAUGHTER]>>Tom: AT LAST TIME WE WERE HEREWE WE LAUGHED THROUGH THE ENTIRE OPENING SO I THINK WE GOT OFF TOEN A BETTER START.>>Kyle: WE ARE HUMMING NOW.>>Eduardo: GUYS, THAT WAS A 3-0 CHANGEUP, GOING TO THE MOUND NOW WITH A 3-1 COUNT, IF YOU ARE DUPLANTIS OUT THE PLATE, A 3-0 CHANGEUP, MOST LIKELY YOU’RE GOING TO GET ANOTHER 13-1. SEE WHAT THEY DECIDE ON THIS PITCH.>>Tom: DUPLANTIS WENT 5 FOR 6 LAST TIME OUT IN THE EXTRA INNING LOSS TO OLDNESS. 19 OF 15 FINAL. REPS WANTED TO RIGHT CENTER FIELD, DOMINIC FLETCHER CAN’T GET TOHT C IT. SMITH WILL BE WAVED HOME, STANDING ABOUT SECOND IS ANTOINE DUPLANTIS AND LSU STRIKES FIRST WITH THE DOUBLE FROM S DUPLANTI.>>Eduardo: HE SEES A 3-0 CHANGEUP, HE CAPITALIZES ALL IT, DOESN’T ALLOW THAT NUMBER ONE TO BEAT HIM, HITS IT IN THE RIGHT CENTER FIELD GAP AND HE KNOWS HE HAS TWO. FLETCHER FEELS IT NICELY, GETS IT IN HAND AN IMPORTANT RUN TO GET AHEAD FOR THE TIGERS.>>Tom: THEY WERE DOWN MULTIPLE TIMES AGAINST OLDNESS INCLUDING A 10-1 DEFICIT AT ONE ONE POINT. A KEY ROLE IN THAT COMEBACK FOR LSU LSU, EVEN THOUGH THEY FELL SHORT. BELOSO, THE FRESHMAN FROM LOUISIANA, EIGHT HOME RUNS ON THE SEASON. 25 POINTS BETTER AGAINST RIGHTIES THAN HE DOES LEFTIES.>>Kyle: WE WERE STANDING BY THE CAGES, BELOSO PUT ON A SHOW. THE WIND WAS BLOWING A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN IT IS NOW BUT IT IS REAL POWER FOR THIS FRESHMAN.>>Eduardo: STRONG. I WAS TELLINGG YOU, HIS NECK SIN HAS TO BE A GOOD 19.5. THIS KID IS ALL MUSCLE.>>Tom: CAN’T GET BY WITH HIS CHURCH CLOTHES, CAN HE? A 456-FOOT NO-DOUBTER THAT CAME WITH TWO OUTS GOING BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK TO TIE THE GAME. THIS WILL BE THE 17TH PITCH OF THE OPENING FRAME FOR ISAIAH CAMPBELL.>>Eduardo: I LIKE WHAT BELOSO IS DOING, THREE STRIKES, CHOKES UP A LITTLE BIT ON THE BACK, MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN, ESPECIALLY WITH THE RUNNER IN SCORING POSITION AND ONE OUT.>>Tom: BELOSO, .383, THE LEAGUE AVERAGES .293.>>Tom: BREAKING BALL AND FOR STRIKE THREE CALLED. CAMPBELL GET THE BIG SAFE ROUTE NUMBER TWO.>>Kyle: BELOSO JUST COULDN’T GET A TRIGGER ON IT. LOOKS LIKE A SLIDER RIGHT HERE FROM CAMPBELL, GETS OVER THE TOP OF THE SPOT HE REALLY NEEDED A STRIKE OUTPOT THERE. THE LSU LINEUP IS LOADED BUT ON SECOND BASE WITH JUST ONE OUT YOU’VE GOT TO THINK PUNCH OUT WHEN IT GETS TO 1-2 AND GET THEM WORKING ON THE SLIDER.>>Tom: CHRIS REID, AN INCREDIBLE STORY FOR REID WHO WAS OFF THE TEAM AS OF THE FALL, WAS PLAYING A LOT OF GOLF AND OTHERWISE WAS PLAYING PICKUP BASKETBALL AT THE REC CENTER. THEY HAD A NEED, HE WAS WELCOMED BACK WITH OPEN ARMS AND THAT THREE OH FOUR AVERAGE, SECOND ON THE TEAM AND ON-BASE PERCENTAGE. 1-1.>>Kyle: HE IS NOT GOING TO HIT YOU A LOT OF HOME RUNS, HE WALKS MORE THAN HE STRIKES OUT, BARRELS UP A TON OF BALLS, HE HAS WON AND A FEW IN THIS LINEUP, IF IT IS A BIG SPOT, YOU WANT TO REID STANDING THERE. TWO BALLS AND A STRIKE TO CHRIS REID. HIGHER BATTING AVERAGE AND CONFERENCE PLAY THAN IN THE NONCONFERENCE. FASTBALL CALLED STRIKE, SCOTT KENNEDY HAS THE MASK TONIGHT AND THE GLOBE’S OWN IN THIS CHILLY EVENING.>>Eduardo: REID IT DIDN’T LIKEduar THAT PITCH. WAS NOT IN THE SPOT WHERE CAMPBELL WANTED IT. HE LOOKS BACK, MORE WALKS THAN STRIKEOUTS.>>Tom: 2-2 TO REID, FOULED OFF. THE SENIOR OUT OF BATON ROUGE FROM ST. MICHAEL,,TH HE WAS COACHING HIS 10 AND UNDER TEAM. THAT WAS THE ONLY PITCHING HE FACED FOR EIGHT MONTHS. TEN AND UNDER GUYS.>>Eduardo: SHOULD BE READY FOR SOME CHANGEUP SO THEN, RIGHT? [LAUGHTER] BE TO RIGHT.>>Tom: CAUGHT A PIECE OF IT TO STAYY ALIVE.>>Tom: CHRIS REID HAS LSU IN HIS BLOOD. HIS COUSIN PLAYED FOOTBALL AT LSU, HIS OTHER COUSIN WAS ON THE GYMNASTICS TEAM. BY THE WAY, THE GYMNASTICS COACH FINISHED SECOND IN THE NATION. HOLD A BREAKING BALL FOUL.>>Kyle: YOU’VE GOT TO GO SEE YOUR BUDDIES OUT IN LEFT FIELD.>>Eduardo: THEY MISS ME.>>Kyle: I KNOW THEY MISS YOU.>>Eduardo: IT’S A LITTLE COLD OUT THERE.>>Tom: 2-2 PITCH IS OUT, NESBIT ON THE DIAMOND TO TAKE CARE OF IT BUT UNLESS HE W>>Tom: TOM HARZ, EDUARDO PEREZ, KYLE PETERSON. GAME ONE OF THE THREE-GAME SERIES, WE WILL BE BACK FOR THE THIRD GAME ON SATURDAY ON ESPN2. IT HAS ALREADY SOLD OUT, SATURDAY’S CONTEST, SO THAT WILL N BE PACKED. DAN VAN HORN HAS PUT TOGETHER THIS ARKANSAS BATTING ORDER. THEY HAVE BEEN TOP FIVE IN THE SEC IN MOST OFFENSIVE CATEGORIE CATEGORIES. HE’S GOT FOUR STRAIGHT LEFTIES IN SIX TOTAL AGAINST THE RIGHT-HANDER ON THE HILL FOR LSU HERE IN GAME ONE OF THIS SERIES. .309 AVERAGE, THIRD IN THE LEAGUE, 69 HOME RUNS A SECOND BEHIND VANDERBILT, MA’KHAIL HILLIARD GETS THE CALL, AND HE HAS GOT A VERY INTERESTING ARSENAL INCLUDING A BREAKING BALL.>>Kyle: HE WASDING KIND OF FORD INTO THIS BECAUSE OF THE MOVEMENT IN THE BULLPEN, IT’S A CUTTER AND A REAL 12-6 CURVEBALL, YOU DON’T SEE THAT COMBINATION VERY OFTEN.CO THEY NEED HIM TO GO FAIRLY DEEP, YOU CAN’T BLOW YOUR BULLPEN TO EARLY B AND FOR HILLIARD, WHEN IT’S RIGHT, IT CAN BE VERY, VERY GOOD. THERE’S A LOT OF SWING AND CURVEBALL.THATYY>>Tom: 228 CONSECUTIVE STARTS, SWINGS AT THE FIRST, DUGAS HAS IT AND THERE IS ONE DOWN. MA’KHAIL HILLIARD WILL TAKE THAT ALL DAY, ALL NIGHT.>>Kyle: NO DOUBT, ESPECIALLY DOWN ONE, PRETTY LONG INNING THEREFORE CAMPBELL. TOUGH TO SEE WITH THAT MAN ON THE MOUND. HERE IS ARKANSAS, LOOKING FOR HIS FIRST HIT OVER THE LAST FEW GAMES, THREE STRIKEOUTS. HE’S HIT IN EACH OF THE FIRST THREE SPOTS IN THE BATTING ORDER THIS YEAR AND HE HAS PROVIDED THEM AT 11 HOME RUNS AND 47 RBIs. YEARS AGO AS THE STATE’S GATOR OF THE YEAR PLAYING IN HIGH SCHOOL.>>Kyle: YOU SAW SO MUCH OF MARTIN LAST YEAR, HE HAS NOW MADE THE YOU TRANSITION TO SHORTSTOP. 18 ARROWS COMING IN ON THE YEAR, BUT THERE IS A LOT OF SUMP IN HIS BAT. ABOUT AS FAST A GUY AS YOU ARE GOING TO SEE IN THE SEC.>>Tom: THE DOWNSIDE TO SOME DOF THIS ARKANSAS SUMP, 57 Ks.>>Tom: THERE IS A BIG BREAKING BALL, HASN’T TEAM TODAY AND YET, AND COUNT AS 2-2. POPPED UP AND OUT OF PLAY. THE SCOUTING REPORT SAID CUTTER, IT’S A FASTBALL MA’KHAIL HILLIARD THROWS. IT HAS SO MUCH NATURAL MOVEMENT A RUNS LIKE A CUTTER.>>Kyle: IT’S JUST THE WAY IT COMES OUT OF HIS HAND. WEWE SAW HIM THERE THE CURVEBAL, DIDN’T GET OVER THE TOP OF IT BUT WHEN HE DOES IT’S A REAL SWING AND MISS PITCH.>>Tom: POPPED UP INTO FOUL TERRITORY, CJ WILLIS RUNS OUT OF ROOM. IF YOU ARE INTO SPIN CIS R RATE, CONSIDER THESE NUMBERS FOR MA’KHAIL HILLIARD. HIS CURVEBALL HAS 8:30 A 3200 SPIN RATE. THAT WOULD BE THE BEST IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL IF THATTTH WAS HIS AVERAGE RATE.>>Eduardo: WHEN IT COMES TO SPINRITE WITH CURVEBALLS FROM METS.W YORKRK>>Tom: HIGH, DEEP TO LEFT AND WE ARE TIED WITH A SWING FROM MARTIN!>>Eduardo: YOU CAN HAVE ALL THE SPIN RATE YOU WANT BUT IF YOU LEAVE IT IN THE ZONE LIKE THAT, MARTIN IS GOING TO LET YOU KNOW. THIS WILL BE THE 24TH CAREER COLLEGIATE HOME RUN, HANGING CURVEBALL, HE KNEW AS SOON AS HE IT.>>Kyle: THIS KID CAN SHOW YOU MANY DIFFERENT THINGS. STILL MAKING THE TRANSITION SHORT, BUT THERE IS A FLASH IN THAT BARREL WHEN HE GETS IT AND WHEN HEL WH RECOGNIZES THAT BREG BALL AND TIES IT REALLY QUICK.>>Tom: THERE YOU GO, 12 OF THE SEASON FOR MARTIN. SNOWHERE TO HIDE FOR HILLIARD, THIS IS GOODHEART, WHO HAS A 20 ON BASE STREAK GOING. .494 ON-BASE PERCENTAGE. GOODHEART IS IN HIS FIRST SEASON IN THIS PROGRAM. HE IS DOWN FROM MAGNOLIA ARKANSAS, SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE STATE. HIS DAD, STEVE, WAS THE HEAD COACH FOR 23 SEASONS AND HAD 764 WINS. THERE IS THE CURVEBALL, LOW AND IN. HIS DAD STARTED HIS COLLEGE CAREER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA UNDER JERRY KENDALL, WHEN THEY WON THE 1980 COLLEGE SERIES WITH THE GUYS LIKE TERRY FRANCONA, WES CLEMENT, AND CRACK LEOPARDS AMONG OTHERS.>>Eduardo: HE IS WATCHING THIS GAME RIGHT NOW. A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE.>>Tom: THREE BALLS AND A DSTRIKE TO GOODHEART. GOODHEART’S HITTING TOOK OFF WHEN HE HAD A CHAT WITH HIS DAD AND HIS DAD SAID, HAVE YOU GOTTEN YOUR CONTACTS LOOKS AT LATELY? BOOM, HITTING TOOK OFF. THAT ONE FOULED OFF THE SIDE. HE SAID HIS CONTACTS WERE DRYING UP AND HE HAD A HARD TIME SEEINH THE SPIN. GOT THE NEW CONTACTS, AND LO AND BEHOLD, GOT THE NEW ON-BASE PERCENTAGE.>>Eduardo: WISH IT WAS THAT EASY, POUNDING IT IN, TRYING TO GET THE ARMS EXTENDED. TWO PITCHES OUT OF THE ZONE THAT HE IS ALREADYO PI SWUNG AT.>>Tom: GOODHEART WAS A .353 HITTER LAST YEAR AND YOU GO, TOP 20 IN AVERAGE WALKS. CURVEBALL ON THE 3-2 WAS A TLITTLE DRIBBLER. HILLIARD TAKES CARE OF HIM AT FIRST, TWO DOWN.>>Eduardo: PRETTY MUCH ALL BATTINGduar PRACTICE, THE GRASSS WET. HILLIARD RIGHT THERE ALMOST SLIPPED. THAT’S ONE OF THOSE MARKS YOU GUYS USUALLY LEAVE.>>Kyle: LIKE A DEBIT HALF WAY TO HOMEBI PLATE>>Tom: HERE IS A PLEASURE, CLEANUP HITTER, THE CURVEBALL MISSES INSIDE. WHAT IS THAT TELL YOU ASAS A HITTER WHEN MA’KHAIL HILLIARD TELLS THROWS HIS 3-2 PRIOR?>>Eduardo: TELLS YOU HOW MUCH CONFIDENCE HE HAS IN IT. HE TRUSTS THAT PITCH AND HE NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO THROW IT FOF A STRIKE AND A CHASE PITCH. THAT FASTBALL CAN WORK FROM THE SAME ARM SLOT UP IN THE ZONE AND GETIN SOME CHASES.>>Tom: HE WAS ASKED ABOUT GETTING THE SPIN ON THE CURVEBALL AND HE SAID, I JUST FOCUS ALL OF THE FORCE INTO MY FINGERS FOR SPIN.>>Eduardo: THERE IS THAT PITCH RIGHT THERE UP IN THE ZON ZONE.>>Tom: WHAT MAKES THAT ONE BETTER IS THE REAL CURVEBALL BECAUSE WHEN IT COMES OUT OF HILLIARD’S HANDS, THE GOOD ONES START IN THAT FASTBALL THERE, THAT IS WHAT YOU SAW THE REACTION, HE WAS THINKING POTENTIALLY IT WAS A CURVEBALL AND THEN JUSTCU HELD UP.>>Tom: JUNIOR FROM CYPRESS, TEXAS, FOR DOMINIC FLETCHER. WOW, THAT IS A THING OF BEAUTY, 2-2.>>Eduardo: IT’S A THING OF BEAUTY IF YOU CAN CONTINUE TO EXECUTE ON THOSE LEFT-HANDED HITTERS. WATCH FLETCHER FLINCH RIGHT HERE. THAT’S ALL YOULIN NEED.>>Tom: SOMEBODY PITCH DOMINIC PAGE>>Kyle: YOU COULD TAKE THAT HIGH FASTBALL AND OVERLAY IT WITH OUR REAL CURVEBALL WE SAW FLETCHER TAKE FOR A STRIKE, THAT IS WHEN HILLIARD IS AT HIS BEST.>>Eduardo: THAT IS HOW HE MADE HIS LIVING BACK IN THE DAY.>>Tom: GOTTH HIM SWINGING AT THE CURVEBALL, IT IS THE FIRST FOR HILLIARD BUT HE GAVE UP A FOSOLO SHOT. CASEY MARTENS TWLEVE:OF THE SEASON TIED AT 1. MARTIN TOOK THE CURVEBALL, THAT STARTED THE PARTY HERE IN>>Tom: ARKANSAS HAS BEEN MAGNIFICENT THIS SEASON. 26-5, REALLY A THREE YEAR RUN OF GREAT PLAY IN FRONT OF SOME OF THE BEST FANS IN COLLEGE BASEBALL. GO TO THE TOP OF THE SECOND, LSU AND ARKANSAS ARE TIED AT 1. DANIEL CABRERA WILL LEAD OFF THE SECOND. LSU GOT A RUN ACROSS IN THE FIRST AND ASECO JOSH SMITH SINGE ENDED ANTOINE DUPLANTIS DOUBLE, THAN ARKANSAS ANSWERED WITH A CASEY MARTIN HOME RUN. DANIEL CABRERA IS FROM BATON ROUGE. WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL IN BATON ROUGE. TEAM BEST NINE HOME RUNS. MAKE IT TEN. CABRERA PUTS THAT ONE OVER THE BULLPEN. A P A LEADOFF SOLO SHOT FOR DANIEL CABRERA.>>Kyle: A COUPLE NO DOUBT HER AHOME RUNS ALREADY. IT LOOKS LIKE A CHANGEUP THAT HUNG RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ZONE AND THIS IS WHERE IT IS REALLY GOING TO FLY, WIN OR NO WIN, THIS ONE IS NOT STAYING IN THE BALLPARK. THE MINUTE IT COMES OFF THE BAT, TEND HOME RUN OF THE YEAR GIVES THE TIGERS H THE LEAD RIGHT BAC.>>Eduardo: BIG THING FOR BOTH TEAMS, THAT IS HOW YOU GIVE IT UP AND YOUR TEAMS AND IT APPEARED AT THOSE HITTERS TAKE THREE LEFT A TURNS.>>Tom: GETTING THE START AT SECOND BASE, FRESHMAN TRYING TO GET OUT OF A HITTING SLUMP. ON THE CAP, CAMPBELL WILL LET OPITZ TAKE IT. FIRE IS DOWN TO GET HIM. LETITZ>>Eduardo: NICE PLAY RT THERE, THE GRASS IS VERY WET OUT THERE, SOGGY. CALLED HIM OUT OF THE WAY IMMEDIATELY. BEAR-HANDS THIS BASEBALL, THROWS IT OFF AT THE FOOT, AND A STRIKE.>>Kyle: ALL YOUR MOMENTUM IS GOING OUT TOME THE PITCHER’S MOD RIGHT THERE, THE THROW HAS GOT TO GO EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE WAY. THE THIRD BASEMAN IS COMING IN CHARGE, THAT ISSE WELL DONE BY OPITZ.Z.>>Tom: ANOTHER HEAD AND THIS IS AFTER HE WAS ON FIRE LEADING INTO THEA MINI SLUMP. THE FRESHMAN FROM LOUISIANA HITTING .208 ON THE SEASON. FOULS NOT THAT ONE OUT OF P. WILLIS EARNED SOME PLAYING TIME WITH THE PINCH HITTER RBI DOUBLE, STARTED THE NEXT COUPLE OF GAMES, LOOKS AT THE BREAKING BALL IN THE DIRT,OK 2-1. HE WAS A GUY THAT WAS LIMITED BECAUSE OF AN INJURY HIS SENIOR YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL. HE WASN’T EVEN CLEARED TO THROW DURINGVEN FOUL BALL.>>Kyle: RIGHT NOW, HE BETTER BE SITTING ON A FASTBALL. IF HE THROWS HIM A CHANGEUP, SO BE IT. BUT TRY TO CATCH A FASTBALL OUT IN FRONT. GOOD, RAW POWER.>>Tom: BROUGHT POWER INTO STRAIGHT AWAY CENTER FIELD, MAKES THE CATCH BELOW THE KNEES. MISJUDGED THAT ONE. THAT WAS A LITTLE BIT TOO FAR BUT YOU STILL LOVE THE ROUTES FLETCHER TAKES OUT THERE. WHEN YOU ARE ON A MOUNTAIN YOU SEE THE OUTFIELDERS NUMBERS, THAT IS NOT A GOOD SIGN BUTOO WATCH HIM HERE, TURNS, GOES, GETS TO THE SPOT HE IS GOING TO COME AND MAKES A LITTLE BIT OF AN ADJUSTMENT AT THE END, BUT STILL, THAT DEADSPIN BACK TO THE TRACK, HAD JUST ENOUGH TIME.>>Eduardo: THAT IS TRUSTING YOUR EARS OFF THE BAT. HE THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO GO FURTHER, AND SO DIDIN I.>>Tom: TWO DOWN IN THE SECOND INNING, GARZA, ONE OF TWO CATCHERS LSU HAS USED THIS SEASON ALONG WITH MATHIS. HE CAME TO BATON ROUGE BY WAY OF HOWARD COLLEGE. THEY RAVED ABOUT HIS RECEIVING SKILLS. BIG BODY, WIDE TARGET, SOFT HANDS ACCORDING TO PAUL MAINIER PAUL MAINIERI.I. 34TH ROUND PICK FOR THE CARDINALS COMING OUT OF NORTH HIGH SCHOOL IN EDINBURG.>>Kyle: YOU SEE THAT ACKNOWLEDGMENT FROM OPITZ, THE CATCHER, AFTER HE MISSES. A 0-2, THE SLIDER DOWN AND AWAY, A GOOD SPOT FOR IT.>>Tom: BLOCKED BY OPITZ, 2-2.>>Kyle: BACK-TO-BACK, STARTS IN THE SAME SPOT, THAT ONE, JUST A LITTLE BIT LOWER THAN CAMPBELL WANTED TO THROW ABOUT THE APPROACH IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT. CLOSER THERE, COULD PROBABLY GET THE T SWING FROM GARZA.>>Tom: ANOTHER ONE, AND ANOTHER DRIBBLER. CAMPBELL GET IT OVER TO FIRST, ONE TRIP THROUGH THE BATTING ORDER FOR LSU. THEY HAVE SHOWN>>Tom: THAT ONE OUT AWAY FROM GIVING ARKANSAS THEIR FIRST EVER POP UP.>>NOBODY GETS IT! OREGON STATE GIVEN ANOTHER LIFELINE. PICKS UP HIS 15TH PICK, BOY, HAS HE BEEN A DIFFERENCE-MAKER.>>COULD HAVE MAKING IT LOOK TOO EASY. SPEAK UP STRIKE THREE, THAT IS THE GAME! MORE THAN ABLE! HE RETIRES THE LAST 20 AND HE PICKS UP HIS TENTH STRIKE OUT AND THE BEAVERS ARE ON TOP OF THE COLLEGE BASEBALL WORLD AGAIN.>>Tom: THIS IS THE PART OF THE BROADCAST WHERE I REMIND EVERYBODY THAT THE ANNOUNCERS DO NOT CHOOSE THE PACKAGES THAT RUN IN THE GAME. ARKANSAS FANS, OUR AWARD-WINNING STORYTELLER TONIGHT. HOW DO YOU BOUNCE BACK FROM THA THAT?>>Kyle: I DON’T KNOW, TALKING ABOUT IT NOT A WHOLE LOT, BUT HE JUST SAID WHEN IT CAME OUT IN THE FALL IT FELT A LITTLE DIFFERENT. AND THEY’VE GOT A LOT OF NEW NAMES. A LOT OF THOSE NAMES HAVE BEEN GOOD THIS YEAR, BUT I THINK THEY ARE BETTER THAN THEY THOUGHT THEY WOULDLDAR BE. YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO MOVE INTO THE ACE ROLE, YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT THE WEEKEND ROTATION IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE AFTER THAT. N THEY ARE 17-17 IN THE LEAGUE WITH TWO WEEKS LEFT AND THEY ARE IN POSITION TO BE A TOP NATIONAL SEED.>>Tom: KJERSTAD WAS SUCH A BIG PARTH OF THEIR POSTSEASON RN LAST YEAR. COMING OFF A 4 FOR 13 AND CAN’T FIND THE BREAKING BALL FROM HILLIARD. BACK-TO-BACK STRIKEOUTS.>>Eduardo: THAT IS AN EQUALIZER BRIDGE AND HE HAS USED IT A LOT ON THE INSIDE PART AGAINST LEFT-HANDED HITTERS. SUCCESSFULLY LOCATING IT WELL, A LOT OF THESE HITTERS ARE NOT USED TO SEEING IT, THAT WORKS THE CHANGER BECAUSE IT TAKES SO MUCH OFF OF IT.>>Kyle: THE VELOCITY IS ABOUT 50 MILES AN HOUR WHEN HE’S GOT IT GOING. THINKING ABOUT WHAT YOU SAID, IT IS HARD TO PREPARE FOR IT BECAUSE YOU JUST DON’T SEER IT. NOT ALL GUYS HAVE A BREAKING BALL LIKE HILLIARD H DOES.>>Tom: I’VE GOT A STORY FOR YOU. JACK S KENLEY AT THE PLATE, 0-1 THE COUNT. TEXAS A&M SHORTSTOP BRENDANTO SCHOEMAKER IS A PRETTY DARN GOOD HITTER. WHEN HE HAS FACED HILLIARD, THE FIRST PITCHLI HE SAW AS THE CUTTING FASTBALL. HE TURNED TO THE PITCHER AND SAID WHAT WAS THAT? BUT THAT WAS THE FASTBALL. THE SECOND PITCH HE SAW WAS A CURVEBALL AND HE GOES, WHAT WAS THAT? THAT WAS A CURVEBALL. HE LOOKS BACK AT HIM AND SAYS, WHICH ONE AM I SUPPOSED TO SWING AT?>>Kyle: IT IS JUST SUCH A DIFFERENT COMBINATION. YOU DON’T SEE GUYS THAT THROW CUTTERS THAT THROW A REAL 12-6 CURVEBALL. HILLIARD IS THE ONLY GUY I CAN REMEMBER THAT REALLY CONSISTENTLY DOES IT.>>Tom: A LITTLE FLAIR, JOSH SMITH, TWO DOWN. THAT WILL BRING JACOB NESBIT TO THE PLATE. A SUNDAY NIGHT GAME IS A GREAT AND EL CENTRO MATCH UP BETWEEN CHRISTIAN YELLOW GENDER BREW PRESENT HOBBY AND THE CUBS. THEY FINISH UP A THREE-GAME SERIES AT WRIGLEY, 7:00 EASTERN, OUR COVERAGE BEGINS AT 6:00. SUNDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN ON ESPN AND THESU ESPN APP.>>Kyle: CHRISTIAN YELLOW EDGE’S HOME RUNS.>>Eduardo: THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I WAS ABOUT TO SAY. HOMER IS, THEY CAN SAVE THAT FOE THEIR BALLPARK.>>Kyle: HOW MANY AGAINST THE CARDINALS? LIKE,, 12 OF THEM?>>Eduardo: AT THE BEGINNING, I THINK IT WAS LIKE, EIGHT.>>Tom: NESBIT, SOFT LINE DRIVE TO LEFT, SECOND HIT OF THE GAME FOR THE RAZORBACKS, NOW BRINGING OPITZ TO THE PLATE.>>Eduardo: THIS IS WHERE HILLIARD IS GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE HIS ADJUSTMENTS, OVER LEFTY HITTERS, HE ALREADY KNOWS WHAT HE WANTS TO DO, SHOW THEM THE FASTBALL, CUT IT IN A LITTLE BIT AND THE CURVEBALL. AGAINST RIGHT-HANDED HITTERS SO FAR, THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO EXTEND ALREADY WITH A HOME RUN FROM CASEY MARTIN AND RIGHT THERE, NESBIT WITH A LINE DRIVE BASIC.>>Tom: OPITZ OUT OF HERITAGE HIGH SCHOOL. HE HAS HIT INTO A LEAGUE HIGH SEVEN DOUBLEOOL.A PLAYS.>>Kyle: THAT WOULD BE HARD TO DO HERE.>>Tom: IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE.>>Eduardo: NO ROLLOVER OUTS, RIGHT?>>Tom: NOT TONIGHT. OPITZ WAS THE 27TH ROUND PICK IN 2017. HE WAS RATED THE NUMBER ONE CATCHER IN THE STATE OF COLORAD COLORADO. WOW, THIS ONE ISN’T BLASTED TO RIGHT AND THE HOME RUN DERBY IS INGH FULL SWING TONIGHT.>>Eduardo: IT MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN A DOUBLEOT PLAY BUT IT SCOS TWO. OPITZ, BEING A CATCHER, OBSERVING EXACTLY WHAT HENG HAS DONE AGAINST LEFTY HITTERS WAS LOOKING DEAD IN AND WAS ABLE TO GET THE BARREL OUT, PITCHES INSIDE. AS SOON AS IT PIT WAS HIT, HE KW IT.>>Kyle: THAT IS JUST THE SECOND HOME RUN FOR OPITZ, THAT IS NOT SOMETHING HE IS KNOWNWN TI FOR. FOR HILLIARD, TWO OUTS, NOBODY ON, LOOKS LIKE HE WILL BREEZE THROUGH THE SECOND INNING. NESBIT HOPES IT PUTS THE HAWKS IN FRONT TONIGHT WITH THE HOME RUN.>>Tom: THE THIRD HOME RUN HIT TONIGHT, CABRERA HAS GOT ONE FOR LSU, OPITZ AND NESBIT FOR ARKANSAS. HERE IS HOW I DID IT, HE IS SHOWING HIS TEAM. HERE IS CHRISTIAN FRANKLIN. BALL AND A STRIKE TO FRANKLIN, HE GETS A STAR IN LEFT FIELD TONIGHT. ANOTHER KANSAS CITY PRODUCTS, JUST LIKE THE STARTING PITCHER, ISAIAHJUST CAMPBELL. TWO BALLS AND A STRIKE. TEN HITS IN HIS LAST 17 AT-BATS INCLUDING A PAIR OF DOUBLES AND P TWO HOME RUNS.>>Eduardo: THERE CURVEBALL, HE CAN THROW IT BEHIND COUNTS ALSO APPEAR>>Kyle: AND LAND THEM. A LOTND L OF GUYS HAVE TROUBLE THROWING THEM FOR A CALLED STRIKE. HILLIARD IS SHOWING THE ABILITY TO DO THAT TONIGHT.>>Tom: THE FASTBALL WASN’T 131 MILES AN HOUR BUT IT WAS PRETTY GOOD. HE HAS STRUCK OUT THREE, BUT THE>>Tom: FROM FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS, A PLACE THAT IS GOING TO BE FILLED TO THE BRIM ALL WEEKEND LONG. AGAIN TOMORROW NIGHT, AND SATURDAY AFTERNOON, THE SATURDAY FTAFTERNOON GAME IS SOLD OUT. JOHN SMITH WILL LEAD THINGS OFF FOR LSU. WE WILL GET BOBBLEHEADS WHEN WE COME TO THEE BALLPARK ON SATURD SATURDAY.>>Kyle: LAST YEAR, I GOT A BOBBLEHEAD. IT IS UP IN THE OFFICE.>>Tom: SMITH RIPPED WANDA SHORT, CASEY MARTIN RETIRES HIS COUNTERPART. THAT WILL BRING ZACH WATSON TO THE PLATE. WATINTERESTING WHEN YOU TALK AT THROW POTENTIAL WITH INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS AND THEN YOU START COMPARING GUYS WHO PLAY THE SAME POSITION AND THERE IS A TRIO OF CENTER FIELDERS IN THIS LEAGUE YOU MIGHT TAKE LONG ODDS ON TO SEE WHO WOULD HAVE THE BEST PRO CAREER.>>Kyle: HE HASN’T HAD A CHANCE TO PLAY IT IN A WHILE. DRAFT ELIGIBLE LAST YEAR AS A SOPHOMORE, CHOSE TO COME BACK. DOMINIC FLETCHER, THE CENTER FIELDER FOR ARKANSAS IS GOING TO HEAR HIS NAME CALLED PRETTY EARLY, TOO. THE PROJECTIONS FOR WATSON HAVE BEEN RIGHT AROUND THE SECONDTH ROUND.>>Tom: THERE IS THAT GUY, THE SEC ALL-TIME HITS LEADER, WHO HAS TURNED DOWN BOTH THE YANKEES AND THE METSD D TO STAY.>>Kyle: I KNOW YOU GOT TO SEE A FAIR AMOUNT OF HIM IN OMAHA, YOU JUST FIGURE OUT HE IS GOING TO FIGURE OUT SOME WAY TO GET TO THE BIG LEAGUES. HE BARREL UPS TOO MANY BASEBALLS AND ABSOLUTELY DEFEND.>>Tom: THIS IS OFF OF NESBIT’S GLOVE. WATSON REACHES, AND ULTIMATELY THE APPROACH MAY HAVE TO CHANGE A LITTLE BIT.>>Kyle: HE DOESN’T HAVE. TO WALK A LOT, HE WILL PROBABLY HAVE TO WALK A LITTLE BIT P MOR. HE HAS THE POWER UNTIL THIS YEAR, 23 HOME RUNS, IF IT WEREN’T FOR HIM, HE WOULD PROBABLY BE THE LEADER IN THE LEAD, BUT THREE MORE HITS IN THE MIDWEEK GAME THIS WEEK, 353 CAREER HITS.>>Eduardo: THROWS THE STRIKE ZONE REALLY WELL AND THAT IS TO SEE WHAT AND HOW YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL AT THE NEXT LEVEL. THAT IS ONE OF THE KEYS TO SUCCESS, BESIDES HAVING A NICE SWING. DOES HE NEED THE POWER? I THINK HE WILL BE GOOD ENOUGH TO GET TO THE MAJOR LEAGUES WITH WHAT HE HAS AND WILL DEVELOP A LITTLE BIT MORE OF IT, BUT THE DEFENSE AND THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE STRIKE ZONE WORKS FOR HIM.>>Kyle: I THINK WE SEE A LITTLE BIT MORE POWER THERE, THE POWER IS THERE. HE ONLY HAS ONE HOME RUN, I GET IT, BUT THAT WAS ABOUT 40 FEET OVER THE RIGHT FIELD WALL. YOU KNOW IT’S IN THERE. JUST HASN’T REALLY FOCUSED ON POWER, IT IS MORE ABOUT GETTING ONWE BASE.>>Tom: ANTOINE DUPLANTIS DOUBLED EARLY. IT IS THE ONLY SCORE THAT WASN’T SCOREDY VIA THE LONG BALL. HITTING OVER .340, WATSON IS A PERFECT 10 FOR 10.>>Kyle: PERFECT 10 FOR 10 BUT HAS THROWN JUST SHY OF 50% BASE RUNNERS THIS YEAR. 18 OF 37. THAT WILL CHANGE THE OFFENSIVE APPROACH ATH LITTLE BIT FOR LSU.>>Tom: THERE’S A LOT OF DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THESE TWO PROGRAMS CONSISTENTLY THIS SEASON, BUT THAT MIGHT BE THE BIGGEST BECAUSE LSU’S CATCHERS HAVEVE REALLY STRUGGLED IN THIS DEPARTMENT. A NICE STARTER FOR LSU, HAS ONLY CAUGHT 2 OF 13. SKY HIGH, SHALLOW RIGHT, KJERSTAD FOR OUT NUMBER TWO. THAT WILL BRING BELOSO TO THE PLATE. IN THE NEXT HALF INNING WE WILL HAVE A CHAT WITH LSU HEAD COACH, PAUL MAINIERI. EXPECTATIONS ALWAYS HIGH FOR LSU BASEBALL. THEY ARE ON A SLIPPERY SLOPE, IPTHEY HAVE LOST THREE IN A ROW INCLUDING A MIDWEEK LOSS. FELT A LOUISIANA TECH. WAS A 12-1 LOSS FOR LSU. COMING DOWN THE STRETCH RUN, ULTIMATE WEEKEND IN CONFERENCE PLAYULTI BEFORE WE HEAD TO THE TOURNAMENT.>>Kyle: AS WE GET CLOSER TO HOOVER, THEY ARE HOPING TO GET CLOSER TO THE FRESHMAN. THEY THINK THEY COULD POTENTIALLY GET HIM TO THE BALL GAME BUT HOPEFULLY HAVE HIM BACK BY THE SEC TOURNAMENT. THEY COULD GET THOSE TWO ARMS BACK, THAT IS A VERY DIFFERENT PITCHING STAFF. HENRY LOOKED LIKE AN 80s HIS LAST FOUR, FIVE STARTS. IT SEEMED LIKE HE WAS GOING TO BE THE FRIDAY NIGHT GUY THEY WERE GOING TO MOVE HIM TO THE BULLPEN. HENRY HASN’T PITCHED SINCE, 1-2 NOW. BY THE WAY, PITCH COUNT CLIMBING, HE RARELY GOES OVER 100 PITCHES IN A GAME. HE IS ALREADY AT 54. HE HAS YET TO GET OUT OF THE THIRD. RUNNER GOES AGAIN, SWING AND A MISS, GOT HIM. NO RUNS, A HIT, AND WE GO TO THE>>Tom: GAME 1 OF 3 BETWEEN LSU AND ARKANSAS. PLEASE TO BE JOINED BY HEAD COACH PULMONARY OF LSU. IS THE COACHING PITCHI? WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS FOR HILLIARD AS FAR AS HOW DP CAN GO?>>I DON’T THINK HE IS THROWING THE BALL POORLY AT ALL. HELL MISSED A COUPLE OF CURVEBALLS, BUT THE BALL JUMPS OUT OF THIS BALLPARK, THAT IS FOR SURE. I THINK HE IS I GOING GOOD, WE WILL SEE HOW IT GOES.>>Kyle: YOU’VE HAD A HEALTHY JOSH SMITH ALL YEAR, WHAT HAS MEANT TO HAVE HIM IN THE LINEUP?>>UP HE HAS HAD A COUPLE OF ARES THAT HAVE BEEN UNCHARACTERISTIC BUT HE HAS PLAYED REALLY WELL, DEFENSIVELY AND GIVEN US A GOOD AT-BATS PRACTICALLY EVERY TIME.>>Tom: THANKS FOR YOUR TIME, WE APPRECIATE IT. HEAD COACH, PAUL MAINIERI. OWNS A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, AND THIS IS AN LSU PROGRAM THAT HAS A LOT OF SUCCESS, NOT JUST AGAINST ARKANSAS BUT HERE IN FAYETTEVILLE. WON SEVEN STRATA SERIES AGAINST THEEWO RAZORBACKS. EZELL SAW JUST ONE PITCH IN THE FIRST, T 1-1 NOW TO THE TRANSFER FROM SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE WHERE HE WAS RECRUITED ORIGINALLY BY MISSOURI HEAD COACH STEVE BEAZER COMING OUT OF BRYANT HIGH SCHOOL IN ARKANSAS. THE SECOND TEAM LOUISVILLE SLUGGER ALL-AMERICAN WHILE PLAYING AT BRYANT, WHICH IS JUST SOUTHWEST OF LITTLE ROCK AND HE FELT THIS ONE OFF.>>Eduardo: GOT AWAY WITH ONE THERE. WAS SUPPOSED TO THROW THAT IN, MISSED OUT OVER THE PLATE, ENDS UP FOULING IT OFF. HILLIARD CONTINUES TO POUND IN, INTERESTING TO SEE HOW HE WILL SECOND TIME THROUGH THE LINEUP.>>Tom: JUST OFF THE PLATE INSIDE. EZELL HAS STARTED ALL 228 COLLEGE GAMES HE HAS SUITED UP FOR. FIRST-TEAM OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE PLAYER, HIT .377 LAST YEAR.>>Kyle: LOOK AT THESE STATS, WALKED 42 TIMES, OPS IS JUST SHY OF .1000, AND HE HAS BEEN SO CRITICAL IN ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS WHY THIS ARKANSAS NOT ONLY HASN’T MISSED A BEAT, MAY BE BETTER THAN THEY WERE LAST YEAR.>>Eduardo: THAT IS WHY IT SURPRISED ME WHEN HE SWUNG AT GAME.RST PITCH OF THE ROLL OVER SECOND BASE, HE AVERAGES A JUST A LITTLE UNDER FOUR PITCHES PERT AT-BAT. GOOD EYE AT THE PLATE.>>Tom: 3 OF 6 HOME RUNS HAVE HAVE COME IN SECm: 3 PLAY. THERE IS A BALL FOUR, THERE IS THAT GOOD EYE AND A LEADOFF WALK IN FRONT OF CASEY MARTIN, WHO DID THIS AGAINST MA’KHAIL HILLIARD CURVEBALL FIRST TIME.>>Eduardo: HOW ABOUT THIS, SPIN RATE, IT DOESN’T MATTER, IF THE BALL IS UP, A GOOD HITTER UT KNOWWSP.UOU WORK ON THAT SIGNATURE HOME RUN SHAKE ON THE WAY IN. SO FAR, 12 ON THE SEASON, 25 IN HIS COLLEGIATE CAREER.>>Tom: SEVEN FOR HIS LAST 14 IN SEC GAMES. LAST YEAR, MARTIN SET A RECORD WITH 87 HITS. HE SHARES THAT RECORD WITH HIS TEAMMATE, KJERSTAD. TALK ABOUT ARKANSAS’ DEEP RUN AND WHY THEY ARE PRIMED TO GO ON ANOTHER ONE AND ANOTHER ONE, IF YOU CAN GET OLDER AND OLDER, THAT IS WHERE YOU GET SO GOOD AS A FRESHMAN.>>Kyle: YOU CAN SEE THE CONTINUED PROGRESSION, 57 STRIKEOUTS, THE POWER IS ABSOLUTELY THERE.>>Tom: AT THE BREAKING BALL, 1-1. CASEY MARTIN, SECOND TEAM ALL SEC LAST YEAR ON THE ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM, FIRST FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN. LEAD THE TEAM WITH A .345 AVERAGE AS A FRESHMAN. CJ WILLIS WILL KEEP EZELL CLOSE TO THE BAG, 15 OF 16 ON THE BASE PATHS FOR THE 50 YEAR SENIOR>>Tom: THERE HE GOES, PITCH OUT, THROW FROM GARZA, GREAT JOB BY DUGAS TO BACK HIMA, UP. KEEPING EZELL FROM PICKING UP ANOTHER 90.>>Eduardo: 1-1 COUNT, THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT TO DO, TRUST OR PITCHER HE WILL THROW STRIKES WHEN HE FALLS BEHIND IN T COUNT, BUT THE BALL SAILED ON GARZA. THE BALL JUMPED, EZELL GOT RIGHT THERE.>>Kyle: I THINK YOU WILL SEE THIS REALLY CONSISTENTLY FOR ARKANSAS. WHEN THEY GET ON BASE THEY F WIL TEST LSU BECAUSE THAT IS THE ONE THING THEY HAVE NOT DONE WELL AND THAT IS THROW GUYS OUT.>>Tom: 2-2. TO CASEY MARTIN.>>Eduardo: YOU HAVE TO BE AWARE NOW, THE CURVEBALL IN THE DIRT, MARTIN HAS ALREADY CHASED ITTHE ONCE.>>Tom: POPPED UP AND OUT OF PLAY.>>Eduardo: GOOD TIME TO THROW IT HERE, TOO.>>Tom: FIRST BASE OPEN, PLENTY OF SWING AND MISS ANDND THAT ONE. MARTIN HIT THE HOME RUN ON THE CURVEBALL BUT THAT WAS WAY UP IN THE ZONE. HE COULD BURY IT DOWN.>>Kyle: IS IT GOING IN.>>Tom: DO YOU SEE VERY MANY CURVEBALLS IN THE DIRT OR IS IT TYPICALLY THROWING IT FOR A CALLED STRIKE?>>Kyle: HE THROWS AT SOME, HE’S GETTING ONE OUT PITCHES AND THAT IS WHY, CURVEBALLS ARE DOWN IN THE DIRT. WHEN IT MOVEST THAT MUCH YOU’VE GOT TO THROW SOME OF THEM DOWN THERE.>>Tom: ONLY THE SIXTH START OF THE SEASON FOR HILLIARD WHO HAD A FANTASTIC SEASON LAST YEAR.>>Kyle: HE SAVED THEM ON THE MOUND, HE WAS THE MOST CONSISTENT ARM.>>Tom: FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN, I HAD TO HEAD WIN AGAINST CASEY MIZE WHEN LSU BEAT AUBURN. PLAYED TENNIS AT SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY, HIS DAD. HIS MOM WAS A HIGH SCHOOL TRACK RUNNER. UP THE LINE, IT WILL GO FOUL IF YOU WOULD’VE LET IT GO, INSTEAD, THE SOPHOMORE TRIED TO MAKE A PLAY AND EVERYBODY’S SAFE!>>Kyle: THAT BALL WOULD’VE GONE FOUL AND IHAT THINK HE UNDERESTIMATED THE SPEED OF CASEY MARTIN GETTING DOWN THE LINE. WELL EXECUTED CURVEBALL RIGHT HERE TO SPEND BUT MARTIN TAKES OFF. ONCE HE GOES FULL THROTTLE, WOULD’VE GONEE FOUL. GOT TO GIVE HIM CREDIT FOR THEIM HUSTLE. TOUGH PLAY FOR HILLIARD TRYING TO THROW IT OVER MARTIN.>>Kyle: IF IT’S ANYBODY OTHER THAN MARTIN MAYBE WOULD TAKE A CHANCE. BUT WHEN MARTIN GETS DOWN THE FIRST BASEMART LINE, IT LOOKS LE YOU’VE GOT TO TAKE A CHANCE.>>Tom: TWO ON AND NOBODY OUT FOR T ARKANSAS.>>Kyle: SEE IF WE GET HIM DOWN TO FIRST BASE HERE. 397.>>Eduardo: AND HE FELL BACKWARDS, IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, WITH THE SWING. WASN’T EVEN GOING ON A SWING TYPE PLAY.>>Tom: HE HAD THREE LAST WEEKEND, TWO OF THEM AT LAST WEEK. A CHOPPER TO THE RIGHT T SIDE, DUGAS PLACED IT AT FIRST, PUSHES HOMER RUN AS EZELL SCORES. MATT GOODHEART, 4-2 ARKANSAS. MARTIN ENDS UP AS I CAN>>Eduardo: FLETCHER, GOOD SPEED, GOOD JUMP ON THE SECONDARY. GET AN RBI OUT OF THAT.>>Tom: IT WILL BE AT THIS ALL WEEKEND AT BAUM WALKER STADIUM, IF NOT BETTER.AUM HERE IS DOMINIC FLETCHER, THE CLEANUP HITTER ENDED THE FIRST, SO HILLIARD STARTS IN WITH THE SAME PITCH.>>Kyle: MADE HIM LOOK BAD ON TWO CURVEBALLS, AND NOW YOU HIM ANOTHER ONE. YOU’RE GOING TO THROW HIM THE FASTBALL, YOU THROW HIM JUST TO SHOW THE CURVEBALL.>>Tom: MONSTER TRIP TO OMAHA, .346 IN THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES WITH A PAIR OF HOME RUNS. HE HAD A 4 FOR 4 DAY AGAINST TEXAS TECH. NOW WHERE DOES HILLIARD GO?>>Eduardo: IN THE DIRT. WITH CASEY MARTIN, YOU BETTER BE AWARE OF ANYTHING IN THE DIRT. YOU GET A GOOD SECONDARY, I DON’T SEE GARZA BEING ABLE TO GET HIM OUT AT THIRD.>>Kyle: THAT WAS GOOD, BUT I THINK IT WOULD MAKE HIM DO IT TWO TIMES IN A ROW. THROW HIM THE SAME THING AND SEE IF YOU CAN GET A SWING.>>Eduardo: WITH ALL THE PATTERNS THAT HAVE BEEN GOING ON, CURVEBALL, FASTBALL UP, CURVEBALL, DOES HE GO FASTBALL UP AGAIN OUT OF THE ZONE?>>Kyle: I WITHER THE SAME PITCH, THE CURVEBALL AGAIN RIGHT HERE.>>Eduardo: THERE ITGAIN IS.>>Tom: WOW, THAT WILL PUT MARTIN AT THIRD, DID YOU SEE IT LIVE?>>Kyle: NO, I THOUGHT THE HOME PLATE UMPIRE, BOTH HANDS GO UP THERE. HE MUST’VE JUST BREEZED THROUGH HIS DEPOSITION. IT’S THE ONLY THING THAT COULD’VE HAPPENED HERE. WATCH HILLIARD.>>Eduardo: LOOKED LIKE IT STOPPED TO ME.>>Kyle: DIDN’T THINK IT WAS –>>Eduardo: THAT WILL BRING THE INFIELD AND BEARDED THIS IS A GAME-CHANGER FOR FLETCHER NOW. PUT THE BALL INNA PLAY.>>Tom: JUST CAUGHT A PIECE OF IT APPEARED THE PITCH BEFORE, IGNORE THE BULK FOR A MOMENT, IF YOU HAD SUCH SUCCESS WITH THE BREAKING BALL,, S WHY TRY TO BE TOO FINE WITH IT? WHY NOT SPIN ITIN UP THERE?>>Kyle: YOU DON’T WANT TO HANG IT.>>Tom: I UNDERSTAND, BUT YOU STILL WANT SOMEBODY ON THE INSIDE PART OF THE PLATE.>>Kyle: BUT BY THE TIME IT GETS TO FLETCHER IT’S NOT IN THE STRIKE ZONE. YOU CAN MAKE IT LOOK LIKE A STRIKE, AND UP DOWN AND OUT OF THE ZONE. HE THREW THE ONE HE WANTED TO RIGHT THERE, FLETCHER JUST HAD TO FACE IT.>>Tom: MISSES INSIDE. MA’KHAIL HILLIARD AND HIS FIRST FALL ON CAMPUSUSMA AT LSU STRUGD A LITTLE BIT UNTIL PITCHING COACH ALAN DUNN PULLED HIM ASIDE AND SAID, YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE TO PERFECT. HE WAS TRYING TO BE PERFECT ON 2-0, 3-0 PITCHES AND WAS HAVING A HARD TIME SUCCEEDING. INFIELD AND WITH A RUNNER AT THIRD, 2-2. OFF INSIDE, FULL COUNT.>>Eduardo: HERE COMES THE CURVEBALL, 3-2, NO WAY I’M THROWING A FASTBALL TO FLETCHER. I KNOW HE’S THROWN TWO FASTBALL FASTBALLS, CUT ON THE INNER PART OF THE PLATE, LEFT FOR GARZA TO BLOCK THE CURVEBALL.>>Tom: LEFT IT UP, BANKED TOWARDS THE WALL IN IT RIGHT CENTER! OFF OF THE SCOREBOARD, TWO-RUN SHOT FOR FLETCHER!>>Kyle:>>Eduardo: WHYA CURVEBALL? KYLE ANSWERED A COUPLE PITCHES BEFORE BECAUSE IF YOU HANG IT, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT FLETCHER CAN DO. GREAT POWER, PITCH STAYS UP. IT FLATTENS P OUT. EASY WITH DOMINIC FLETCHER’S FAST SPEED. MY GOODNESS, 3-2. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO THROW THAT PITCH FOR A STRIKE. JUST BECAUSE IT’S A 3-2. THE HITTER HAS SHOWN THAT HE’S CHASED IT ALREADY, I THINK FLETCHER WAS ALREADY COMMITTED.>>Tom: IN THE FIRST 33 1/3 INNINGS, HILLIARD ALLOWED TWO HOME RUNS TOTAL. HE’S ALLOWED THREE. KJERSTAD LEADS WITH 13. AT THATKJ BALL SMOKED.>>Tom: THREE RUNS IN, ONE MAN ON, AND ONE OUT HERE IN THE THIRD AS THEY CALL THE HOGS.>>Eduardo: THIS IS WHERE UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS NO ONE WARMING UP IN THE BULLPEN, CANNOT USE YOUR BULLPEN ESPECIALLY AGAINST THIS OFFENSE.>>Kyle: THAT IS THE CHALLENGE LSU HAS ON THE WEEKEND RIGHT NO NOW. THE DECISION HAS BEEN MADE TO MOVE BACK TO THE BULLPEN, WHICH I THINK WAS THE RIGHT ONE. THEY HAVE SEARCHED FOR THE GUY WHO CAN REALLY GIVE THEM FIVE OR E SIX INNINGS.>>Tom: MA’KHAIL HILLIARD PITCHING IN FRONT OF Am: ROWDY CROWD HERE AT BAUM WALKER STADIUM. ONE OF THE REASONS HE SIGNED WITH LSU IS BECAUSE WHEN HE TOOK HIS FIRST TRIP TO TO THE BAUM WALKER STADIUM AS A 15-YEAR-OLD, THERE WERE TWO THINGS HE REMEMBERED, NUMBER TWO WAS THAT THE ATMOSPHERE HERE WAS ABSOLUTELY CRAZY. HE’S GETTING THE OTHER END OF THAT HERE TONIGHT. THERE WAS A GREAT FEATURE WRITTEN ON HIM, HILLIARD WAS HAVING SUCH A UNIQUE AND SUCCESSFUL FRESHMAN SEASON. 1-0 TO JACK KENLEY.>>Tom: THIS ONE IS GOING TO JUMP IN FRONT OF ZACH WATSON, KJERSTAD, THROW IS CUT OFF, WISE MOVE, RUNNERS AT THE CORNERS FOR ARKANSAS.>>Tom: 65 PITCHES, FRESHMAN RIGHT-HANDER IS TO GETMA LOOSE.>>Eduardo: THEY DID NOT LOOK GOOD THE FIRST TIME UP AGAINST HILLIARD, THE FASTBALL STARTING TO LEAGUE ARM SIDE, THEY MADE THE ADJUSTMENT.>>Tom: UPSTAIRS, 1-0. JACOB NESBIT CAME IN SCUFFLING WITH JUST ONE HIT IN THE PREVIOUS 18 AT-BATS. BUT HE SINGLED IN HIS FIRST TRIP TO THE PLATE TONIGHT. HITTING IN THE SEVEN HOLE, NESBIT HAS A SPECIALTY, EIGHT OF THEM THIS YEAR, THIRD MOST IN THE NATION. 1-2. A.272 AVERAGE COMING, BUT .323 WITH RUNNERS IN SCORING POSITION. THAT IS ALMOST 30 POINTS HIGHER THAN THE LEAGUE AVERAGE. RUNNER IT GOES FIRST, PITCHES LOW, GOT THROUGH BUT SAFE.>>Kyle: IT LOOKS LIKE MAY BE A STRIKE-HIM-OUT, THROW-HAM-OUT RIGHT THERE. IT’S A T FASTBALL, SO YOU WILL PITCH TO RUN OFF.>>Eduardo: IT CAME OUT. WHEN THE GLOVE COMES ALL THE WAY UP, THEY DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TIME D TO GET THE TAG DOWN. NOW 2 FOR 2 WITH STOLEN BASES. MAKING JUST HIS EIGHTH START OF THE SEASON FOR LSU. OPITZ MURDERED A BALL HIS LASTUR TIME UP. IT WAS A TWO-RUN HOME RUN, THE SECOND LONG BALL OF THE YEAR.>>Eduardo: A LITTLE FATIGUE SETTING IN WITHOUT FASTBALL, BUT WITH THE HEATER INCOME ARM SIDE.>>Tom: HE ASKED GARZA TO GO THROUGH THE SIGNS AGAIN.>>Tom: GARZA TRY TO BRING THAT ONE BACK, A BALL AND A STRIKE TO OPITZ. HAD A GREAT HISTORY OF CATCHERS HERE IN THIS ARKANSAS PROGRAM, GRANT COOK WAS THE STARTER IN A COLLEGE WORLD SERIES TEAM LAST YEAR. CURVEBALL T IN THE DIRT. JAMES McCANN IN THE BIG LEAGUES. HE IS WAITING FOR EDUARDO TO CHIME IN.>>Kyle: LAST TIME I SAW HIM WITH THE TIGERS, MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE LAST YEAR.>>Eduardo: OR THE WHITE SOX, THAT IS WHY I’VE BEEN S QUIET.>>Kyle: THAT IS WHY I ASKED THE QUESTION. HE WAS WITH THE TIGERS. FIRST PITCH JUST ABOUT GOT CAUGHT INCH NO-MAN’S-LAND.>>Eduardo: A COUPLE BIG HOME RUNS FOR THE WHITE SOX.>>Kyle: YEAH, HE IS FOR THE WHITE SOX.>>Tom: .350 AVERAGE, I BELIEVE: HE IS 0 FOR 2 TONIGHT. THREE BALLS AND A STRIKE TO OPITZ. THERE IS BALL FOUR. RAZORBACKS ARE GOING TO SEND NINE TO THE PLATE HERE IN THE THIRD INNING.>>Eduardo: ONE AHEAD OF FRANKLIN, STRUCK HIM OUT NINE TIMES, RIGHT-HANDED HITTER, TRY TO GET OUT OF THIS ONE, WITH THE BASES, OH MY.>>Tom: BASES ARE LOADED. NOW FOR THE BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH, THEY WOULD HAVE TO CHANGE THE GLASSWARE.>>Eduardo: LOVE THE TRADITION TRADITION.>>Tom: CHRISTIAN FRANKLIN OUT OF KANSAS CITY. LOOKS AT A CURVEBALL FOR A STRIKE. THIS GUY HAS GOT TWO MUGS. DOUBLE FROM 0-2. GOOD PITCH, CUT HER RIGHT THERE TO SEE IF HE WOULD CHASE, DID NOT.>>Tom: KJERSTAD, THE RUNNER AT THIRD, BEHIND HIM AT SECOND, AND FOLLOWING THE WALK, IS S OUR FIRST. 1-2. FRANKLIN HITTING .250 WITH THE BASES LOADED SO FAR THIS SEASON. THE LEAGUE AVERAGE IS .24.>>Eduardo: BLOCK IT, SWING AND MISS, JUST STEPS ON THE PLATE.>>Tom: JUST MISSED IT, 1-2 STILL.>>Kyle: NOT A LOT OF TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY THAT CAN SLOW CLOSE TO .500. THE DEPTH OF THIS ARKANSAS OFFENSE IS PRETTY IMPRESSIVE.>>Tom: FRANKLIN IS A MUCH BETTER HITTER WITH RUNNERS IN SCORING POSITION THEN HE IS I OVERALL. .278 WITHOUT RUNNERS IN SCORING POSITION. COMING IN, HE WAS AT .360 WITH RUNNERS AT SECOND BASE AND THIRD.>>Tom: CURVEBALL HAS IT, REID HAS IT, DUGAS TO FIRST. WE’VE BEEN PLAYING FOR FOUR OUT FOR LIKE THREE OF THE LAST FOUR INNINGS. DOMINIC FLETCHER WITH A TWO-RUN HOME RUN. BALL FLYING OUT OF THE BALLPARK TONIGHT, THIRD FOR ARKANSAS. THEY LEAD TO 6-2.>>Tom: THIS IS THE SEC ON ESPN FROM A BAUM WALKER STADIUM IN FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WE GO TO THE TOP OF THE FOURTH WITH ARKANSAS UP TO 62. THE HOME OR BINGE FOR BOTH SIDES COMING OFF AN LSU FINALE FOR OLE MISS COMBINING TO HIT SEVEN HOME RUNS WITH THE REBELS. FOUR HOME RUNS IN THE FIRST THREE INNINGS TONIGHT. CHRIS REID AT THE PLATE. 0 FOR 1 WITH A POP-UP TO THIRD.>>Eduardo: ONE THING YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT IS ALSO HOW PITCHERS ARE ON THE BENCH FOR A WHILE, ESPECIALLY FOR A LONG INNING, NINE AND THE BOTTOM HALF OF THE NEW INNING, YOU DON’T SEE THEM WITH REALLY GOOD CONTROL AND SO FAR, 2-0 COUNT RIGHT NOW TO REI REID.>>Kyle: IT WAS ALWAYS A WEIRD FEELING BECAUSE YOU WANT YOUR GUYS TO THROW A LOT OF RUNS BUT YOU START GETTING JUMPY AFTER A WHILE. IF YOU’RE GOING TO SCORE A LOT, SCORE THEM REALLY FAST.>>Tom: NEXT PITCH FOR CAMPBELL WILL BE HIS 60TH. AVERAGES 94 PITCHES PER START, AND TALKING TO DAVE VanHORN THISAN AFTERNOON, CAMPBELL’S EFFICIENCY HAS ALLOWED HIM TO GET DEEP INTO GAMES AND AVOID THE WEAR AND TEAR. FRANKLIN!>>Eduardo: DID HE JUMP OVER THE E LINE, DIDN’T HE?>>Kyle: IT LOOKED LIKE HE WAS GOING DOWN. HE KIND OF SPUN THE WHEELS A LITTLE BIT WHEN HE WAS GOING AFTER THIS ONE. PRETTY ATHLETIC MOVEMENT TO MAKE IN THE PLAY. WATCH OF THE RIGHT FOOT, KIND OF GOES OUT FROM HIM RIGHT THERE.>>Eduardo: WHEN YOU ARE PLAYING LEFT FIELD, THE BALL HAS THE APPEARANCE THAT IT ACTUALLY COMES BACKAR INTO PLAY. YOU SEE A LOT OF LEFT FIELDER’S OVERRUN FLY BALLS, ESPECIALLY LEFT-HANDED HITTERS THAT ARE HITTING LEFT-HANDED. MICHAELA BARYSHNIKOV, THAT REFERENCE, I DID NOT SEE THAT ONE COMING.>>Tom: A FEW THINGS YOU HAVES MISSED RECENTLY, INCLUDING R PACKING LIMITATIONS. PULLED TO THE RIGHT SIDE FOUL.>>Kyle: YOU KNOW, LIKE WHENE YOU’RE TALKING TO A COACH AND THEY LOOK AT YOU AND SAY, HEY, THIS ONE IS OFF THE RECORD? YOU THINK MAYBE IF YOU MAKE A AY MISTAKE, YOU DON’T BRING A SHIRT, THAT IS APPLIED TORI BE F THE RECORD. BUT APPARENTLY THAT IS NOT THE CASE.>>Kyle: AGAIN, I’M STUCK IN THE MIDDLE.>>Tom: FIRST HANDLED BY EZELL. TWOBY DOWN. FRIDAY, 9:00 EASTERN, 6:00 PACIFIC, GOLDEN STATE, WIN AWAY FROM ELIMINATING HOUSTON FROM THE PLAYOFFS FOR THENATI FOURTHE IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS. THE COUNTDOWN GETS IT ALL STARTED AT 8:00 EASTERN, 5:00 PACIFIC. JUST TO PEEL BACK THE CURTAIN A LITTLE BIT, EDUARDO DIDN’T HAVE A SHIRT, YOU DIDN’T HAVE A SHORT, I PACKED ENOUGH FOR A COUPLE PEOPLE BUT THE TEXT CHAIN WE HAD GOING ON THIS AFTERNOON TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHO WAS WEARING WHITE, THERE ARE HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS WHO HAVE SPENT LESS TIME PLANNING THEIR PROM OUTFIT THEN YOU TWO DATED IN THE TEXT CHAIN TODAY>>Tom: THAT WAS A QUICK ONE.>>Kyle: DON’T ACT LIKE YOU WEREN’T IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT.>>Tom:>>I PLAYED IN OMAHA WITH ARKANSAS IN THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES. IT WAS AWESOME TO GET THERE FOR THE STATE, FOR OURSELVES, FOR THE TEAM, IT WAS REALLY FUN. FANS COMING FROM ALL OVER TO WATCH US COMPETE. TO COMPETE AT THAT LEVEL, IT’S A GOOD THING.>>Tom: AND URBAN ATTENDEES STILLL IMPACTING THIS PROGRAM IN MANY WAYS. THE FIRST TURN OUT TO ARKANSAS BY HISIRST EXPLOITS. THE RAZORBACKS WITH SIX ROUNDS IN THE FIRST THREE INNINGS COMING TO THE PLATE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH. A LONG LIST OF BIG LEAGUERS. INCLUDING ANDREW BENNETT ENDY, WHO HAS BEEN WITH THE RED SOX HIS ENTIRE CAREER SPORTING SOME BIG-LEAGUE HAIR AS OPPOSED TO THE COLLEGE LOOK. RAZORBACKS HAVE CHASED MA’KHAIL HILLIARD, AND HE MISSES LOW WOULD END WITHIL A FASTBALL. 1-0. HILLIARD MISSED A GOOD CHUNK OF MARCH WITH AN INJURY. HE SPENT USED SPARINGLY AT THIS SEASON, THE FRESHMAN FROM TEXAS. AND INNING INTO GROWTH THERE IS AND INNING 2/3 AGAINST OLE MISS. THIS WILL BE HIS TENTH APPEARANCE. HE MENTIONED IT EARLIER, THIS IS AN LSU TEAM AND PROGRAM THAT HAS HAD TO TURN OVER ROCKS TO FIND PITCHERS TO FILL OUT THE ROTATION. WOW, MOON SHOT FROM EZELL! THAT IS LONG GONE! HELLO, LAUNCH ANGLE.>>Eduardo: ONE SPOT THAT LEFT-HANDED HITTERS LIKE AND IT’S ALWAYS A GLOVE. DOWN AND IN, AND HE PICKS THIS PITCH UP QUICKLY, OPENS THE HEADS UP, SAW IT, CLEARED IT, AND THERE WAS NO DOUBT ABOUT THIS ONE.>>Kyle: HOW IMPORTANT HAS THIS GUY BEEN FOR THEM THIS YEAR? HE IS ALL OVER — PLUG HIM AT THE TOP OF THE LINEUP, HE HAS THE ABILITY TO STEAL A TON OF BAGS, JUST SCARY OFFENSE.>>Eduardo: NOT ONLY THAT HE STEALS A LOT OF BAGS BUT IT’S ONLY BEEN CAUGHT ONCE. HE KNOWS WHEN TO GO.>>Tom: 16 OF 17.>>Tom: NINE GAME STREET, THREE-HIT GAME FOR CASEY MARTIN. A HOME RUN AND A PAIR OF SINGLE SINGLES.>>Eduardo: THIS IS THE SCARY PART, AGAIN. THE ARKANSAS A RAZORBACKS WILL LET UP. OFFENSIVELY, THEY TAKE GOOD SWINGS, PRODUCTIVE SWINGS, AND THEY MAKE ADJUSTMENTS INNG GAME.>>Tom: FIRST THREE PITCHES.>>Kyle: 2 OF 15 THIS YEAR GARZA HAS THROWN OUT. THEY RUN A LOT, 16 STOLEN BASE IS NOW FOR EZELL. UP AND DOWN THE LINE UP, THEY ARE AGGRESSIVE ON THE BASE PAD.>>Tom: A LITTLE DRIBBLER, SMITH TWO DUGAS. THEY MIGHT TAKE A LOOK AT THAT, THE PUNCH OUT AT FIRST.>>Eduardo: THEY WILL TAKE A LOOK AT THAT ONE.>>Tom: THIS GROUP WILL GET TOGETHER.>>Kyle: STILL STANDING ON FIRST BASE. I THINK HE IS GOING TO STAY THERE.>>Tom: CONSOLIDATED REPLAY, HE HAS ASKED THE UMPIRES TO STAY IN THIS ONE, BACK IN BIRMINGHAM, HE WENT TO OFFICIALS SITTING NEXT TO HIM, AND THIS IS THE ONLY GAME TONIGHT.>>Kyle: THIS ONE WILL BE PRETTY QUICK.>>Tom: MICHAEL PHILLIPS WITH THE CALL,, HAS THE HEADSET ON.>>Eduardo: OH, YEAH, . THAT DOES THE RIGHT THING STEPPING IN THE RIGHT PART OF THE BAG. GOOD ART. SO MANY LEFTIES IN THIS LINEUP.>>Tom: FIELDER’S CHOICE FOR GOODHEART, HE NOW HAS A 25 GAME ON BASE STREAK. PARDON ME, 24. HE IS 0 FOR 3 TONIGHT, OFFICIALLY, THAT WILL BRING DOMINIC FLETCHER UP, TWO-RUN BOMB FOR FLETCHER LASTLE TIME.>>Eduardo: NO EASY TASK, YOU GET THE CLEAN START, TOP PART OF THE LINEUP.>>Kyle: THEY GREET YOU WITH ONE OF THE STREAKS.>>Eduardo: YES, HE DID.>>Tom: BEHIND HIM, THE BREAKING BALL, THAT WILL ALLOW GOODHEART TO SCAMPER TO SECOND ON A WILD PITCH.>>Kyle: DID YOU GUYS GROW UP WITH FOOTBALL?>>Tom: YES. UP>>Kyle: DO YOU REMEMBER THE HUMAN NEWMAN GLOVES? WHEN YOU GOT THEM HE THOUGHT THEY WERE THE ABSOLUTE COOLEST THING IN THE WORLD.>>Tom: T I THOUGHT THEY WERE OUT OF BUSINESS.>>Kyle: THEY ARE JUST IN THE UMPIRE BUSINESS NOW, LIMITED TO THE UMPIRE BUSINESS. LIKE, YOU STUCK YOUR HAND IN THE AIR IN THE FOOTBALL STUCK TO IT, IT WAS THE GREATEST FEELING.>>Tom: DID YOU PLAY FOOTBALL?>>Kyle: I PLAYED FOOTBALL IN COLLEGE.>>Tom: THIRD BASE NEE THOMPSON, I BELIEVE THOSE ARE THE AIR FORCE ONES CULLODEN? OR ARE THESE THE JORDANS?>>Kyle: HIS ISSUE GAME IS ALWAYS PHENOMENAL.>>Tom: IT IS ALL THROWBACK ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE DIAMON DIAMOND. TAYLOR SMART, SAME BRAND, DIFFERENT CUT. HERE’S KJERSTAD.>>Tom: KJERSTAD, 36 ROUND PICK OF THE MARINERS IN 2017 OUT OF RANDALL HIGH SCHOOL IN AMARILLO, TEXAS, .>>Kyle: DOES THAT KID LOOK BIGGER TO YOU THIS YEAR?>>Eduardo: YES, IN HIS HITTER’S BODY.>>Tom: YANKED DOWN THE LINE AND FOUL.>>Eduardo: I THINK IT IS IMPRESSIVE THAT HE HAS IN HIS CAREER 28 HIT BY PITCHES. IF THEY THEM IN ALL THE TIME. IN THAT HITTER’S POSITION, AS LONG AS HE GETS THAT LEG DOWN, THAT FOOT DOWN HE’S OKAY. HE JUST HAS TO BE AWARE THAT HE HAS TO START EARLY ENOUGH TO NOT BE CAUGHT IN BETWEEN.>>Kyle: MAYBE THAT IS WHY I COULDN’T HIT.>>Eduardo: SOME PEOPLE JUST HIT.OT MEANT TO>>Kyle: I CAN HIT A GOLF BALL THOUGH.>>Tom: ANOTHER ONE BEHIND THE HITTER, AND I DID HIT HIM. CLICKED IN THE HEEL, BASES LOADED FOR ARKANSAS AGAIN. AT LEAST SIX IN THE FOURTH.>>Eduardo: HE HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO THROW THEIR BREAKING BALL AT ALLAS N FOR STRIKES. NOT A LOT OF EXPOSURE OUT THERE FOR REPETITIONS.>>Kyle: YOU DON’T HAVE TO TRY TO THROW YOUR BEST ONE EVERY TIME. WHEN HE THROWS THAT BREAKING BALL HE IS TRYING TO THROW THE BEST BREAKING BALL HE’S EVER THROWN IN HIS LIFE EVERY TIME.>>Tom: JACK KENLEY AT THE DISH, 1 FOR 2. FROM GERMANTOWN, TENNESSEE, RIGHT OUTSIDE OF MEMPHIS. AT WOW, HE HIT THAT ONE TO THE COMMISSARY! GONE AGAIN! ARY! GRAND SLAM FOR KENLEY!>>Tom: SECOND HOME RUN OF THE INNING FOR THE RAZORBACKS. FIFTH HOME RUN OF THE GAME.>>Kyle: THE CROWD IS ON RIGHT NOW, FIVE IN THE FOURTH FOR ARKANSAS.>>Eduardo: THEY CAN’T FIND IT OUT THERE AND WHEN HE DOES, IT’S FLAT. THEY ARE ALL CAPITALIZING ON IT.>>Kyle: FOR PAUL MAINIERI AND F LSU, YOU GOT TO HAVE IT GET YOU SOME OUTS, JUST FOR THE BALANCE OF THIS WEEKEND. YOU KNOW AT THIS POINT THE CHANCES OF COMING BACK — THEY CAME BACK 10-1 TO TIED UP LAST WEEKEND, BUT AT THIS POINT YOU JUST WANT TO WRITE AN INTACT BULLPEN IN GAMES ONE, TWO, THREE.>>Tom: THE WALK PUTS NESBIT ABOARD.>>Eduardo: HERE COMES THE SCOACH NOW TO BE ABLE TO CALM HM DOWN. THIS IS A TOUGH ONE, YOU GET A FRESHMAN UP THERE, HOSTILE TERRITORY WHERE THESE FANS ARE GOING NUTS.>>Tom: THEY EXPECT TO SET AN ATTENDANCE RECORD.>>Kyle: THAT IS WHAT I WAS EXPECTING, NO STANDING ROOM, NO NOTHING. NOW, THIS PLACE IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACES IN THE COUNTRY TOTO COME. WHEN IT IS ROCKING, AND IT USUALLY IS, THEY SHOW UP AND IT ISY WILD.>>Tom: THIS PLACE IS ONLY GOING TO GET BIGGER, THEY ARE GOING TO ADD IN ON THE RIGHT D FIELD CORNER. WE GOT TO SIT IN ON THE ARCHITECTS, AND IT’S GOING TO BE AWESOME. THEY GO RIGHT ON TOP OF THE VISITORS BULLPEN, LOCKER ROOM, COACH’S OFFICES. AND BY THE TIME IT’S FINISHED IF THEY KEEP PLAYING LIKE THIS THERE MIGHT JUST BE A WORLD SERIES TROPHY IN THE LOBB LOBBY. OPITZ HIT A TWO-RUN HOME RUN HIS FIRST TIME UP. BALL SEVEN CHANT GOING.>>Kyle: HAVE YOU SEEN THAT? HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THAT? THERE HAVE BEEN 5,000 IN THE STANDS YELLING BALL SEVEN.>>Eduardo: NEXT WEEKEND, KYLE AND I WILL BE THERE.>>Tom: THANKS FOR THE INVITE.>>Eduardo: FOR YEAH.>>Tom: ICE CREAM ON ME NEXT WEEK AT BLUE BELL PARK, RIGHT? HE’S ONLY BEEN THERE ONCE, HE DOESN’T KNOW THAT.>>Eduardo: AN EXTRA COUPLE MILES FOR THAT BLUE BELL ICE CREAM?>>Tom: GET THE STEPS AND BEER TO RUNNER GOES, 26 PITCHES, BALL FOUR, BACK-TO-BACK WALKS. WILL IS WARMING UP IN THE LSU PEN.>>Eduardo: THIS IS NOT PRETTY SO FAR. THREE WALKS, ONE HIT BY PITCH, TWO HOME RUNS, AND ONE SINGLE LISTENING THIS INNING.>>Tom: ONCE AGAIN, CHRISTIAN FRANKLIN IS THE NINTH BANNER OF THE INNING NIN FOR ARKANSAS.>>Eduardo: CHRISTIAN TRYING TO JOIN THE>>PARTY. HE IS ALREADY ENDED THE SECOND INNING, THE THIRD INNING. OKAY, I’LL SAY IT, A DOUBLE PLAY IN THE FOURTH.>>Kyle: THE ONLY GUY WHO HASN’T SCORED A RUN SO FAR TODAY FOR ARKANSAS.>>Tom: A LITTLE ONE-HOPPER, GETS INTO RIGHT FIELD. THE BASES ARE LOADED FOR ARKANSAS AGAIN. LSU LOOKS LOST TONIGHT.>>Kyle: EVEN WHEN THEY GET A CHANCE TO MAKE A PLAYWRIGHT, I DON’T KNOW IF HE JUST GOT CAUGHT. NOT QUITE SURE WHAT HAPPENED. OFF THE EDGE OF THE BAT.>>Tom: RAZORBACKS WILSON D TEN TO BAT THIS INNING. THEY ALREADY LEAD 12-2. A SHOT TO THE STREET BY EZELL THIS INNING. HE IS 1 FOR 2 TONIGHT. THERE IS A PATRON OF FOG HORNS ACROSS THE STREET WONDERING WHERE THE BASEBALL CAME FROM THAT ROLLED UNDERNEATH HIS BARSTOOL. CABRERA, CATCH MADE, TAGGING FROM THIRD, NESBIT WILL SCORE FROM WITH EASE, ARKANSAS ADDS ITS LEAD. CASEY MARTIN IS A PERFECT 3 FOR 3. WE WILL P HEAR WHAT DAVE VAN HON HAS TO SAY ABOUT HIS SQUAD AND I KNOW REGENCY BIAS IS REAL, BUT WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, ARKANSAS LOOKS LIKE MAY BE THE BEST TEAM IN THE SEC BASED ON HIS PERFORMANCE TONIGHT AND WHAT THEY’VE DONE ALL SEASON.>>Eduardo: IS THERE ANY WAY MISSISSIPPI STATE IS IN THAT CONVERSATION?>>Kyle: I THINK THEY ARE, THEY SWEPT HIM IN ARKANSAS. I THINK THOSE ARE THE THREE R ME. OF THOSE TEAMS RIGHTHR NOW IN TE LEAGUE, A ABOVE EVERYONE ELSE.>>Tom: 0-1 TO MARTIN. HOMERED IN THE FIRST, SINGLED IN THE THIRD AND THE FOURTH. TO EXPAND AND ASSUME, YOU WOULD SAY THOSE ARE THREE TEAMS IN THE SEC THAT HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN A NATIONALAT TITLE, HOW MANY OTHER TEAMS NATIONALLY WOULD BE IN THE SAME CONVERSATION WITH THOSE THREE? AT UCLA STANFORD COME TO MIND. ANYBODY ELSE? LOUISVILLE?>>Kyle: YES, THEY GOT THEM MADE WEEK, TECH FOR ME, I THINK YOU CAN MAKE AN ARGUMENT, EMERSON HANCOCK IS GOING TO BE BACK FOR GEORGIA THIS WEEK. THEIR ACE.>>Tom: A LOT OF GREAT BASEBALL IN THE SEC, AND ARKANSAS LOOKING TO PROVE THAT THEY ARE THE BEST.>>Tom: A JACK KENLEY GRAND SLAM.>>Tom: TOM HART, EDUARDORT PEREZ, KYLE PETERSEN IN THE BOOTH. THE ARKANSAS HEAD COACH JOINS US ON HEAD COACH. COACH, HOW WOULD YOU EXPLAIN OR DESCRIBE YOUR OFFENSIVE PRODUCTION SO FAR TONIGHT?>>THEY GOT SOME BIG HITS, FOUR, FIVE HOME RUNS OBVIOUSLY. YOU NEVER EXPECTY. THAT, I KNEW THE BALL WAS GOING TO JUMP TONIGHT BECAUSE OF BATTING PRACTICE, A LOT OF SPIN TONIGHT, WATCHED LSU HEAD AND THEY WERE HITTING BALLS ALL OVER THE STREET OUTL THERE, SO WE JUST PT TOGETHER SOME GOOD INNINGS, GOT SOME GOOD HIT COUNTS.>>Eduardo: WHAT HAVE YOU SEEN FROM ISAIAH CAMPBELL SO FAR?>>HE STRUGGLED IN THE FIRST TWO INNINGS, TRY TO BE TOO NITPICKY, TRIED NOT TO LET HIM HIT IT. JUST PITCH, DO WHAT YOU’RE DOING, GIVE HIM CREDIT OVER THERE, THEY DID A GOOD JOB GETTING SOME SWINGS BUT I’M STARTING TO SEE HIM SETTLE INCOME HE JUST NEEDS TO GO TO WORK.>>Tom: THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME, WE APPRECIATE IT. THAT’S DAN VAN HORN, ARKANSAS WINNING A NATIONAL TITLE LAST YEAR, AND ISAIAH CAMPBELL BEARING THE 70 PITCH MARK, FIVE HOME RUNS FOR ARKANSAS IN THIS GAME SO FAR. THEY CAME IN 11TH AND THE NATION CJ WILLIS STRIKES OUT TO STARTJ THE FIFTH. THIRD STRIKE OUT FOR CAMPBELL, WHO NEEDED JUST 12 PITCHES TO GET THROUGH THE FOURTH, SO THAT WILL HELP HIM WITH HIS EFFICIENCY. NINE-HOLE HITTERS I WILL GUARD AS A>>Tom: TO SHORT, CASEY MARTIN MARTIN. SEVEN STRAIGHT RETIRED BY ISAIAE CAMPBELL. A SECOND TRIP TO THE BATTING TORDER AND THE TIGERS HAVE GON. BACK TO THE TOP OF THE ORDER FOR JOSH SMITH WHO WAS 1 FOR 2.>>Tom: ON LSU’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES TWO YEARS AGO, WAS IT APPARENT AT THE SHORTSTOP POSITION, BUT INJURIES GOTTEN AWAY LAST YEAR FOR HIM. COMING OUT OF CATHOLIC HIGH IN BATON ROUGE, AND HE CHOPS THIS ONE TO THE RIGHTND H SIDE. A QUICK FRAME AGAIN FOR ISAIAH CAMPBELL. THAT WAS ♪ ♪>>Tom: FIVE HOME RUNS INCLUDING A GRAND SLAM, LIVING THE SEC WITH 69 FALLING AHEAD OF VANDERBILT. THAT WILL PUT THEM IN THE TOP TEN IN THE COUNTRY. GOODHEART BATTING IN THE THREE-HOLE, HE WILL FACE A NEW LSU PITCHER. 6’7″, MATTHEW BECK OUT OF ALEXANDRIA, LOUISIANA. ALEXANDRIA HIGH SCHOOL. WENT TO INTO THIRD LAST NIGHTT AGAINST KENTUCKY.>>Tom: OLD MESSE TRAIL TO 7-0 AND 10-1.>>Tom: CAME BACK TO FORCE EXTRAS. POPPED UP OUT OF PLAY, BUT A DISTURBING TREND CONTINUING FOR OLE MISS SERIES. IS THERE STARTING PITCHING REALLY STRUGGLED. NONE OF THE STARTERS WENT MORE THAN FOUR INNINGS IN ANY OF THE THREE GAMES.>>Kyle: NOW THE SAME TODAY FOR HILLIARD. I KNOWODAY WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT, BUT FRESHMAN HILL AND COLE WILL NOT PITCH THIS WEEKEND IF THEY GET THOSE TWO BACK, THIS IS A VERY, VERY DIFFERENT LSU CLUB. HE LOOKS THE ACE, THEY LOVE HILL’S STUFF, HECK OF A GAP TO PLUG.>>Eduardo: THIS OFFENSE IS RELENTLESS.>>Kyle: WHEN THE WIND IS BLOWING OUT, THE CROWD SHOWS UP, THEY LOVE HITTING IN THIS BALLPARK.>>Tom: 2-2 TO GOODHEART. THE NEW SECOND BASEMAN, HANDLES THIS ONE, FIRST ATTEMPT, ONE DOWN. SATURDAY WILLIRTT HAVE UFC 237 M BRAZIL. A BATTLE AGAINST THE NUMBER ONE CONTENDER IN THE MAIN EVENT ON PAPER VIEW, ESPN, AND ESPN DOMINIC FLETCHER HAS A TWO-RUN HOME RUN.>>Tom: BALL AND A STRIKE. DOMINIC’S BROTHER IN THE BIG LEAGUES WITH THE ANGELS. PLACE A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHIN EVERYTHING, BOUNCES THIS ONE UP OF THE MIDDLE, ONE OUT SINGLE. THE ANGELS BROUGHT SHOW HEY OTANI BACK.>>Eduardo: HE’S BEEN HITTING THIRD EVER SINCE HE CAME BACK AT THAT IS WHERE HE IS, HE IS THE DESIGNATED HITTER. HIS BROTHER HAS DONE A NICE JOB OFFENSIVELY. THE PAST WEEK, HAD A COUPLE OF HOME RUNS.>>Tom: HOW IMPRESSIVE A SHOW HEY OTANI COMING BACK FROM TOMMY JOHN?>>Eduardo: IT IS IMPRESSIVE WHAT HE DID OFFENSIVELY. NOT ONLY THAT, THE FIRST TWO GAMES ARE AGAINST LEFTIES AND THEY SAID, THERE YOU GO, GO OUT IDTHERE AND FACE MATTHEW POINT.>>Tom: HERE IS KJERSTAD. SEEMS MORE BIG LEAGUE ORGANIZATIONS ARE OPENN TO THE IDEA OF LETTING GUYS PLAY BOTH WAYS.>>Kyle: HAVE YOU CHECKED BRENDAN Kyl McKAY’S STATS RIGHT NOW IN DOUBLE-A?>>Eduardo: NO.>>Kyle: FOR THREE STRAIGHT YEARS, HE PITCHED AND HIT TOTO LOUISVILLE.>>Tom: HE IS NOT THE ONLY ONE TEAMS ARE LETTING GO BOTH WAYS IN THE MINORS. BREAKING BALL JUST UP.>>Eduardo: MICHAEL LORENZEN IS DOING IT FOR THE CINCINNATI REDS ALSO.>>Tom: HETHE IS PINCHING OUT OF THE BULLPEN AND HE OFTEN DOES IT BEFORE HE GETS TO THE MOUND. WOW. HANDLES THEY COME COMEBACKER, GETS IT TO SMITH, AND A 1-63 DOUBLE PLAY. LSU TRYING TO FIND SOME OFFENSE. THEY TRAIL>>Tom: LET’S CHECK THE HEADLINES AROUNDom: THE SEC, BH IN CONTROL OF THEIR RESPECTIVE DIVISIONS, JAKE MANGUM, TOP TEN ON THE ALL-TIME DIVISION M LIST AND FLORIDA MAY BE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE BUBBLE. TRYING TO FIND THE RIGHT FORECAST AND IT IS A RACE TO THE FINAL SPOT. SOUTH CAROLINA SEPARATED BY ONE GAME, ONLY 12 TEAMS MAKE IT TO THEKE TOURNAMENT. LET’S THROW EVERYTHING UP THERE INCLUDING THE NATIONAL T SEEDS ACCORDING TO D1 BASEBALL.COM. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE LATEST SEED PROJECTIONS?>>Kyle: YEAH, THE ONE WE HAVEN’T REALLY TALKED ABOUT IS A GEORGIA TECH, RIGHT BACK IN THE MIDDLE OF IT NOW. I THINK THE ONE TO WATCH IS NOT IN THAT TOP LINE RIGHT NOW. WELL, TWO FOR ME. STANFORD, EAST CAROLINA. THEY HAVE AN RBI THAT BEAT CAROLINA IN A MIDWEEK GAME, STANFORD FINISHES WITH TEAMS, THEY COULD GET THEIR RBI BACK TO THE POINT WHERE THEY BELONG. STANFORD-UCLA NOW TIED FOR THE PAC-12. I JUST F THINK IF THEY WIN THE PACK, TWO OF THEIR LAST THREE SERIES, THEY STILL HAVE ARIZONA STATE, I THINK STANFORD FALLS BACK INTO THAT TOP EIGHT.>>Tom: NO PAC-12 TOURNAMENT SO A COUPLE OF WEEKENDST LEFT. SUCH A GREAT RECORD IN THE POLLS, LOVE THE CARDINALS. AS WATSON GOES DOWN LOOKING. WHY ARE THEY SO LOW WHEN IT COMES TO SEATING? IS IT AN RBI ISSUE?>>Kyle: IT IS AN RBI ISSUE, AND IT IS ONE OF THOSE YEARS WHERE THEY WENT 2 OUT OF 3, FULLERTON IS BELOW .500, SO MOST YEARS THAT IS BENEFICIAL. TEXAS, FROM AN RBI STANDPOINT, NOT WHERE THEY THOUGHT THEY WOULD S S BE. THEY WERE THREE, FOUR YEARS AGO, FROM AN RPI STANDPOINT, THAT IS GOOD FOR STANFORD.>>Tom: DUPLANTIS, 1 FOR 2 NIGHT. 19 PITCHES OVER THE PREVIOUS TWO INNINGS FOR ISAIAH CAMPBELL.>>Kyle: WASN’T INININ THE THIRD THAT THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT THAT GETTING UP THERE? ABOUT SINCE THE TIME YOU SAID THAT, HE’S BEEN A REALLY EFFICIENT. THAT IS WHERE HE’S BEEN GOOD OVER THE COURSE OF THE YEAR.>>Eduardo: HE’S BEEN ABLE TO GET EIGHT STRAIGHT OUTS AND ON MINIMAL PITCHES, LOOKING AT AVERAGING JUST THREE PITCHES PER AT-BAT. DURING THAT, YOU LOOK AT THE FIFTH INNING, AFTER THE STRIKE OUT, WHICH WAS ON THREE PITCHES, GARZA WAS OUT OF IT IN THE FIFTH INNING. 1-2 TO DUPLANTIS, HOW DID HE DO TODAY IN TRACK AND FIELD?>>Kyle: I DON’T THINK HE WOULD LET HIM MISS A FEW INNING INNINGS. REGIONAL SITES IN BASEBALL, TRACK AND FIELD TO MAKE IT TO THE NATIONAL SITES, EAST AND WEST, THE EAST REGIONAL AFTER THE SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEKEND. CAN YOU TELLL I SPENT SOMETIME AROUND THE HOTEL TODAY?>>Eduardo: THAT IS PRETTY IMPRESSIVE. MORE SOCIAL THANRE I THOUGHT. [LAUGHS]>>Eduardo: I WILL SAY DURING BREAKFAST, WE DID HAVE THE MOST BODY FAT.>>Kyle: YEAH. [LAUGHTER]>>Tom: AND WE WERE WEARING THE LOOSEST-FITTING CLOTHES.>>Kyle: THREE SWEATSHIRTS. LET’S SAY IT THIS WAY, THE TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES GOING THROUGH THE BUFFET LINE. I FELT BAD FOR THE BISCUITS AND GRAVY SO I WENT AHEAD AND LOADED UP.>>Tom: YES, I DOUBLED UP. 1-HOPPER, WHAT A PICK BY CASEY MARTIN, YES, SIR! OVER AT FIRST TO HELP HIM OUT, EZELL!>>Eduardo: OH, WOW.>>Kyle: THAT DOES DESERVE A TIP OF THE CAP RIGHT THERE.>>Eduardo: ALL AROUND, GOOD PLAY RIGHT G THERE, PICKED IT UP WELL OFF THE BAT, CLEARS IT FOR THE BACKHAND, OUT AT FIRST BASE. THAT’S A TOUGH PICK, IN BETWEEN, STAYS WITH IT, TRIES TO SHOW A LITTLE FLEXIBILITY THERE. I GIVE IT A 6 ON THE STICK. DID NOT STICK THAT LANDING.>>Tom: WOW.>>Kyle: THE GUY JUST BAILS THE SHORTSTOP OUT.>>Tom: THE RUSSIAN JUDGES NOT LYING TONIGHT.>>Eduardo: [LAUGHS] A LITTLE SENSE OF HUMOR HERE, THAT ENDING IS ONE THAT STANDS OUT. SEVEN PITCHES.>>Tom: PINCH-HITTING WITH TWO OUTS IN THE SIXTH, SPEAKING OF MONDO DUPLANTIS, CLEARED A A WORLD LEADING 3.94 METERS IN THE LSU INVITATIONAL, SECOND BENCH INVCLEARANCE IN NCAA OUT HISTOI THINK HE WILL DO ALL RIGHT THIS WEEKEND. 3-0. HE PICKED UP THE NICKNAME COMO INHE P HIGH SCHOOL, HIS TWITTER HANDLE IS, RAPIDO.>>Eduardo: IS HE FAST? [LAUGHS]>>Kyle: GOOD TRANSLATION. HAS A CHANCE TO RUN IF HE WANTS, WITH TWO DOWN IN THE SIXTH. WE SHOWED THE PROJECTIONS A MOMENT AGO, AND ACCORDING TO D1 BASEBALL, LSU WOULD BE A 16 SEED, THE 16TH SEED, WHICH WOULD MEAN, ACCORDING TO THEIR PROJECTIONS, LSU WOULD POST ORIGINAL IN THE FIRST ROUND. SO THE IMPORTANCE OF LSU FINISHING STRONG CANNOT BE OVERSTATED. REID LOOKS AT A STRIKE. IT’S AN OBVIOUS HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE FOR LSU AT THE BOX. LAST YEAR, THEY TRAVELED TO CORVALLIS AND LOST IN THE FINAL TO OREGON STATE. CAMPBELL SPENDS IT IN FOR A STRIKE.>>Eduardo: NOW BACK IN THE ROTATION FOR AUBURN THIS WEEKEND, THEN OFF TO HOOVER, WHERE IT ALWAYS SEEMS THEY STAY FOR A WHILE. VERY GOOD AT HOOVER FOR A WHILE NOW.>>Tom: IT SEEMS LIKE THEY ALWAYS HAVE SOMETHING TO PLAY FOR AT HOOVER. WHAT I MEAN BY THAT IS THAT IF LSU IS IN POSITION OR ON THE BUBBLE AS A HOST OR AS A NATIONAL SEED, THEY’VE USED THAT AS A CATAPULT TO LOCK THOSE THINGS DOWN.E I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO BE ON THE LINE, FOR EXAMPLE, FOR ARKANSAS WHEN THEY MAKE IT THERE.>>Kyle: I THINK VANDERBILT IS GOING TO BE IN THAT SAME BOAT.>>Tom: PULLED TO THE RIGHT SIDE, KENLEY LEADING AND ASSISTS GETS ANOTHER. ONE >>Tom: 10:30 EASTERN, WE WILL E HAVE THE ACTION FROM HOOVER, ALABAMA, IN THE SEC TOURNAMENT, AND IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME ON ESPN2, JACK KENLEY LEADS OFF THE SIXTH FOR ARKANSAS. HE HIT A GRAND SLAM LAST TIMEE UP. EDUARDO, YOU WERE AT HOOVER LAST YEAR, YOU MAY HAVE BEEN PAYING ATTENTION TO THE CLIP, IT WAS LIKE MIDNIGHT ONE RANDOM NIGHT AFTER RAIN DELAYS AND EVERYTHING.>>Kyle: THE FOG ROLLED IN?>>Tom: NOT THE FOG, WHEN THE GUYOT T CALLED A FOUL BALL AND S STYROFOAM CUP. WHAT WAS HIS NAME?>>Kyle: NICK.>>Tom: NICK AND HIS MAGIC CUP.>>Kyle: IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE PLAYER. WE STARTED GOING CRAZY BECAUSE IT WAS MIDNIGHT, WHICH WE FEEL LIKE WE ARE THERE EVERY NIGHT AT MIDNIGHT.>>Eduardo: A LOT OF RAIN DELAYS AT HOOVER.>>Kyle: YES.>>Tom: HE WAS PROUD OF HIMSELF.>>Kyle: WE WERE PROUD OF NICK, HONESTLY. WE NEVER FOUND OUT WHAT IS IN NICK’S CUP.>>Eduardo: A LITTLE BASEBALL WATER?>>Tom: SPEAKING OF BASEBALL WATER, THEY’VE MOVED THEIR FOCUS FROM THE SEC UMPIRES TO EDUARDO PEREZ. HE SAYS, COME ON DOWN, WE WILL FIND A SEAT FOR YOU.>>Kyle: I WONDER IF HE IS TRYING TO TELL ME, GET OFF THE MICROPHONE. [LAUGHTER] COME ON.>>Eduardo: ALL ALL RIGHT, T IT.>>Tom: NO.>>Eduardo: I HAD BEEN ALREADY INVITED OVER THERE.>>Kyle: WERE YOU GOING TO TELL US?>>Eduardo: REMEMBER LAST YEAR, I WENT OVER TO THE GRILL AND I W IT WAS A TRAVEL DAY US , AND I COOKED UP A STORM OUT THERE, AND THEN I HAD TO GET ON THE AIRPLANE SMELLING LIKE I HAD JUST FINISHED BARBECUING –>>Kyle: AN ENTIRE HOG.>>Eduardo: AN ENTIRE HOG.>>Tom:: DIDN’T SOMEONE SAY SOMETHING?>>Eduardo: A LADY CAME UP TO ME AND SAID, SO, I GUESS YOU’VE BEEN BARBECUING ALL DAY. I SAID, YES, MA’AM. I. SMELLED DELICIOUS.>>Tom: YOU ARE ONE OF THE FEW PEOPLE WHO GET PAID TO BARBECUE. JACOB NESBIT AT THE PLATE.>>Eduardo: IT WAS AN OVERALL SUCCESS.>>Tom: I’M GOING TO PITCH THIS SHOW IDEA, I DON’T KNOW WHO IS LISTENING RIGHT NOW, BUT CRACK OPEN YOUR LAPTOP, SEND AN EMAIL, WHATEVER YOU NEED TO DO, I THINK YOU WOULD BE PERFECT FOR ANY OF OUR FAMILY OF NETWORKS BUT ESPECIALLY FOR THE SEC NETWORK, AND YOU GUYS ARE WELCOME TO COHOST IT WITH ME IF YOU LIKE. WE NEED AN SEC COOKOFF.>>Eduardo: I’M ALL IN,F. I AGREE.>>Tom: THE LSU FOLKS ARE GOING TO GET CREATIVE WITH THEIR DISHES. WE LOVE TO HEAR THE TALE OF HIS MOTHER-IN-LAW SERVING UP THE KEY, IF YOU HAPPEN TO SCOOP UP THE CATFISH HEAD, JUST PUT IT RIGHT BACK IN THIS DO AND PICK ANOTHER LADLE FULL AND MOVE ON. I’M OUT ON THAT ONE.>>Kyle: YOUR OUT?>>Eduardo: YEAH. I’M ALL IN ON THE COOKOFF, THOUGH.>>Tom: WE ARE THE JUDGES, AREN’T WE?>>Eduardo: I JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND, AND YOU GUYS ARE PROBABLY A LOT MORE ACCUSTOMED TO THIS THAN I AM, BUT WE DROVE RIGHT BY SOME PRETTY DARN GOOD RIBS ON THE WAY IN HERE. I SMELLED THEM, I DIDN’T EVEN SEE THEM. WE CONTINUE TO GO AND I WAS LIKE, BUT, BUT.>>Tom: WE ARE NOT THE ONES ON ALI DIET. GOES UNDER THE GLOVE OF JOSH SMITH, AND UNDER THE GLOVE OF KENLEY.>>Eduardo:VE HE SHOULD’VE HAD THAT BALL.>>Kyle: HE USUALLY DOES.>>Eduardo: THIS IS SURPRISING BECAUSE AS SOON AS HE COMES OUT OF HIS SPOT, WATCH THE SHORTSTO SHORTSTOP. STAYS UP. HE GOES DOWN, LOOKS TOWARDS A SECOND BASE BEFORE HE MADE THE PLAY, BEFORE HE COULD EVEN CATCH THE BASEBALL. NINE OUT OF 10 TIMES HE MAKES THAT PLAY, ESPECIALLY TO HIS LEFT.>>Tom: CASEY OPITZ, 8-HOLE HITTER, WITH RUNNERS AT FIRST AND THIRD. TALKING ABOUT THE GREAT CATCHERS THEY’VE HAD IN THIS PROGRAM OVER THE YEARS, REMEMBER BRIAN WALKE WALKER?>>Kyle: AT LAST I SAW HE WAS AN ASSISTANT COACH AT WICHITA STATE. YOU CAN ASK DAVE NEIL ABOUT THIS IN THE NEXT TIME YOU SEE HIM, AND IF YOU’RE WATCHING AND HAVE A SECOND SCREEN IN FRONT OF YOU, YOU CAN FINDON THIS ON YOUTUBE RIGHT NOW, ONE OF THE FUNNIEST APPEARANCES I HAVE EVER SEEN, DAVE NEIL WAS CALLING THE GAME WHEN BRIAN WALKER WAS PLAYING HERE TEN, 12 YEARS AGO, AND HE FAKED GETTING HIT BY A PITCH AND HE SOLD IT MORE THAN ANYONE WHO HAS SOLD BEING HIT BY A PITCHCH MAY BE IN THE HISTORY OF THE GAME, AND REPLAYS PROVED THAT HE DID NOT GET HIT BY A PITCH.>>Kyle: I THINK I WAS CALLING THE GAME. I REMEMBER ANOTHER GAME I DID WHEN A GUY IN LEFT FIELD TRY TO CATCH A BALL WITH A NET. IT WENT RIGHT THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF IT, IT WAS BEAUTIFUL.>>Tom: A COUPLE OF RAZORBACKS WILL ADVANCE, INCLUDING KENLEY, COMING HOME. IT WILL BE A WILD PITCH.>>Kyle: THREE YEARS AGO.>>Tom: SOMETIMES YOU WOULD ASK A FOLLOW-UP QUESTION LIKE, WHAT INNING WHERE THEY IN? I CHOOSE TO ASK, WHAT DRINK WAS HE ON?>>Kyle: I DON’T KNOW, IT WAS THE SECOND LOOK WE GOT IN THE OUTFIELD, I GO, WELL, HOLD ON, THE CALL GUY TRY TO CATCH H HIS ADVISOR. HE SQUARED IT UP, BUT THAT DOESN’T WORK. [LAUGHTER]>>Tom: REID, SMITH CALLED HIM OFF, ONE DOWN. THIS WEEK, OUR SUNDAY NIGHT BASEBALL GAME, NL CENTRAL MATCHUP BETWEEN KRISTIN YELL AT YOU IN THEHE BREWERS, JAVIER BAZ IN THE B CUBS, 7:00 EASTERN, 6:00 CENTRAL, OUR COVERAGE BEGINS AT 5:00 CENTRAL, SUNDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN ON ESPN. HOW WILL THEY REMEMBER THE TRADE OF CHRISTIAN YELICH?>>Eduardo: REALLY WELL. AND MARCEL OZUNA.>>Tom: CHRISTIAN FRANKLIN AT PLATE.>>Eduardo: HAD HIM SIGNED TO A TEAM-FRIENDLY DEAL AND HE STILL CANNOT AFFORD IT.>>Tom: JORDAN YAMAMOTO WAS ACQUIRED IN THAT TRADE.>>Eduardo: THIS IS THE THING, WE ONLY LOOK AT WHAT IS GOING ON, BUT DIAZ IS A VERY DARN GOOD PLAYER. MONTY HARRISON, THAT IS ELITE TALENT. HE CAN PUT IT TOGETHER. THOSE TWO GUYS CAN MAKE A BIG TIME DENT IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS.>>Tom: YAMAMOTO MADE HIS WAY ONTO THE 40-MANMO ROSTER.>>Eduardo: PRINCETON JUST GOT SENT DOWN TO THE MINOR LEAGUES LIKE A WEEK AGO.>>Tom: SWING AND A MISS FOR FRANKLIN, TWO DOWN. NOW TREVOR EZELL COMING TO THE PLATE. WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY NOW FOR EZELL, A TRANSFER FROM SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE TO NOT ONLY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY IN THE SEC, TO PLAY FOR THE TOP TEN PROGRAM, HAVE A REAL SHOT TO PLAY IN OMAHA IN THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES AND HE IS NOT JUST AN ADD-ON, HE IS A LEADOFF HITTER, SEVEN HOME RUNS AND IF THEY GET THERE, IF THEY RETURNED TO OMAHA, HE FIGURES TO BE A BIG PIECE OF THE PUZZLE. BACK OFF THE MOUND AND HE IS GOING TO GET A VISIT FROM GARZA.>>Eduardo: THIS IS NOTM GOOD.>>Kyle: WATCH THIS ALL THE WAY OUT. DID HE KIND OF HYPER EXTEND IT WHEN IT WENT ALL THE WAY DOWN? THE D ARM FINISHED AT A REALLY WEIRD ANGLE, THAT IS WHAT SCARES YOU A LITTLEH BIT. THAT REALLY BECOMES YOUR ANCHOR. OF THOSE SPIKES GO INTO THE DIR DIRT, THAT FRONT FLIP FOOTN HIM.>>Tom: CHRISTIAN, THE LSU ATHLETIC TRAINER, HAS EARNED HIS SALARY THIS SEASON. SPENT A TON OF TIME ON THE FIELD WATCHING THIS LSU PITCHING STAF STAFF. PAUL MAINIERI, OKAY WITH WHAT HE SAW AND THEY WILL HEAD BACK TO THE DUGOUT.>>Eduardo: I WILL ADD THIS, FORMER FIRST BASEMAN RIGHT THERE.>>Tom: IS IT TRUE THAT THE GUY HE WAS TRYING TO CATCH A HOME RUN WITH A VISOR DURING THE GAME WAS CATCHING AND ALEX HOME RUN?>>Kyle: NO, BECAUSE IT WAS THREE YEARS AGO. IT IS WHEN MY CAR BROKE IN KANSAS CITY AND I HAD TO BUY A NEW ONE. [LAUGHTER] HERE’S THE KICKER, I’M AT THE DEALERSHIP IN KANSAS CITY BECAUSE MY TRANSMISSION BLUE, AND THE KID THAT I’M BUYING THE CAR FROM LOOKS AT ME AND GOES, DID YOU WATCH THAT ARKANSAS GAME WHERE A GUY TRY TO CATCH A BALL WITH A VISOR? [LAUGHTER] I SWEAR TO GOD! LIKE, YEAH, I DID.>>Tom: WELL, BACK HAS FINISHED>>Tom: ISAIAH CAMPBELL WAS AT IT AGAIN. NOT EXACTLY THE START THEY WANTED, ONE GIVEN UP IN THE FIRST AND THE SECOND BUT REALLY GOT AFTER THAT. AT THEHE BREAK OF ALL WAS BETTER COMMAND, GAMBLE GOES 6, STRIKES OUT FOUR, GIVES UP FOUR HITS AND AGAIN PUTS ARKANSAS IN A POSITION TO WIN GAME ONE OF THE SERIES. HE HAS DONE IT CONSISTENTLY YEAR.>>Tom: CAMPBELL GIVES WAY TO KOLE RAMAGE, THE SOPHOMORE FROM E SOUTHLAKE, TEXAS. HE WILL FACE THE BOTTOM OF THE ORDER, STARTING WITH CABRERA. CABRERA HAS A HOME RUN TO HIS NAME. 7-1 WITH 44 Ks WITH 20 WALKS. WE HEARD FROM MULTIPLE PEOPLE VIA TEXT AND EVERYTHING ELSE ABOUT THAT VISOR CATCH, NO-CATCH, AND THE ARTICLE FROM AL.COM FROM 2015, IT WAS A SIXTH INNING HOME RUN THAT ACCOUNTED FOR LSU’S FORM 5-1 WIN ON A THURSDAY NIGHT. HE HAS GONE ON TOO MANY HOME RUNS, INCLUDING TWO IN THE WORLD SERIES, NEITHER OF THOSE WERE CAUGHT BY A VISOR. [LAUGHTER]>>Tom: SECOND OVERALL PICK IN THE I 2016 DRAFT. THAT VIDEO IS AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE. KYLE PETERSON’S SUV BREAKING DOWN, THERE IS NO VIDEO OF THAT IN OMAHA. DO YOU REMEMBER WHERE YOU WERE WHEN THE CAR BROKE DOWN?>>Kyle: YEAH, I REMEMBER WHAT CAME OUT OF MY MOUTH, TOO. JUST NORTH OF KANSAS CITY, I FOUND THE CLOSEST CHEVY DEALERSHIPS.>>Tom: YOU HAVE HAD SOMEHEVY INTERESTING ROAD TRIPS. YOU FORGOT YOUR ESPN SHIRT ON THIS ONE, EARLIER THIS YEAR, YOU FORGOT YOUR PANTS. LAST YEAR, YOU FORGOT YOUR SPORT COAT.>>Eduardo: LAST YEAR, I HAD TO BRING HIM ONE.>>Tom: AND BY THE WAY, SOME PEOPLE ON A ROAD TRIP BY A NEW BELT OR TIRE. YOU BOUGHT A CAR ON A ROAD TRIP!>>Kyle: TRAVELING IS EXPENSIVE. [LAUGHTER]>>Eduardo: THAT ONE DIDN’T GETEdua THROUGH. INSERT RIGHT THERE.>>Eduardo: MISCELLANEOUS. THERE IS A MISCELLANEOUS TAB SOME PEOPLE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF, A I’M TOLD. CABRERA’S HOME RUN IN THE SECOND WAS HIS TENTH OF THE YEAR. YOU’VE RETURNED HOME FROM ROAD TRIPS WITH BOBBLEHEADS AND SUVS. LASER FOUL INTO THE FIRST ROW. NOT FAR FROM WHERE THE STADIUM WILL F BE EXTENDED TO INCLUDE A NEW PITCHING LAB. LIST BALL HIT OUT TO WHERE THOSE BUILDING WILL BE. OFF THE SCOREBOARD AND GONE. THE SECOND OF THE NIGHT, CABRERA IS STRAIGHT MATCHING.>>Eduardo: THAT IS A NICE SWING THAT CABRERA HAS AND HE IS NOT GIVING UP ANY AT-BATS HERE. THOSE TWO HOME RUNS, ONE OFF A CHANGEUP, AND THIS ONE, 13-2 SCORE, ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU GET A FASTBALL 13-3. GOOD BALANCE, LEADS THE TEAM NOW WITH 11.>>Tom: DUGAS, SPOT IN THE LINEUP NEAR THE SEVEN HOLE, HE IS 7-2. DIDN’T YOU HAVE SOME TRAVEL ISSUES LAST YEAR WITH SOME LUGGAGE?>>Eduardo: TWO YEARS AGO.>>Tom: SEEMS LIKE JUST YESTERDAY.>>Eduardo: IT DOES.>>Tom: WHAT HAPPENED?>>Eduardo: I FORGOT MY SUITCASE AT THE AIRPORT. MIND YOU, I ALWAYS TRAVEL JUST WITH A CARRY-ON, AND I WAS TALKING TO OUR BOSSES, AND I LEFT THE AIRPLANE, CONTINUED TO HAVE A CONVERSATION, SAW THE CAR RENTAL, BUS AT LAX AND GOT ON THE BUS. I SAID, I BETTER GET ON IT. IT GOT ON THE SHUTTLE, GOT IN THE CAR FROM L.A., DROVE TO ANAHEIM, AND WHEN I GOT TO THE HOTEL, THE VALET GENTLEMAN SAID, DO YOU WANT ME TO PUT YOUR BAG IN THE BACK? I SAID OH… I FORGOT IT AT LAX. SPEED IT YOU WON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THAT.>>Eduardo: OUT, IOU W HAD TO GO PURCHASE SOME SHOES.>>Tom: HE TRAVELED WITHOUT SHOES ON?>>Eduardo: WELL, FOR DRESSING UP.>>Tom: CJ WILLIS WITH THE SINGLE. YOU BOUGHT IT AT THE GAS STATION.>>Eduardo:>>Eduard.>>Kyle: YOUOU FORGOT YOUR LUGGAGE IN A SEPARATE RENTAL CAR.>>Tom: I DID.>>Eduardo: THAT WAS A COLLEGE STATION, I’M ALWAYS THERE FOR THESE THINGS.>>Kyle: I DIDN’T KNOW IT WAS GONE.N’ K HE SAYS, WOULD YOU LIKE SOME HELP WITH YOUR LUGGAGE? AND I LOOK AT HIM LIKE, I GOT IT, I THINK I CAN CARRY MY OWN BAG UP TO THERR ROOM. THE TRUNK OPENS UP AND THERE IS NO BAG. THEN I MET ONE OF CENTRAL TEXAS’ FINEST THE NEXT DAY, YADA YADA, THE NEXT SEASON I HAD TO PAY A SPEEDING TICKET TO THE DIME BOX COURTHOUSE.>>Eduardo: DIM THERE YOU GO.>>Tom: BROCK MATHIS IS GETTING A CHANCE TO HIT. HE IS AN INTERESTING STORY.>>Eduardo: BY THE WAY, I’M NOT DONE WITH MINE. IT’S AN INTERESTING STORY.>>Tom: WE TALK A LOT ABOUT SCHOLARSHIP LIMITATIONS IN COLLEGE BASEBALL, ONLY 11.7 AVAILABLE, MINIMAL SPOTS, BROCK MATHIS WAS ORIGINALLY COMMITTED TO LOUISVILLE AND HE WAS GOING TO HEAD TO LOUISVILLE TO PLAY ON A PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIP, SO HE ARRIVES ON CAMPUS AND DAYS BEFORE CLASS STARTS, HE FINDS OUT THAT THE LOAN HE APPLIED FOR DIDN’T GO THROUGH. HE COULDN’T ATTEND LOUISVILLE, SO AFTER BEING HOME FOR A WEEK, HE WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO FIND A SPOT IN JUNIOR COLLEGE AND HEADED THERE FOR A YEAR BEFORE COMING TO LSU. THAT IS NOT AN ISSUE THAT AFFECTS MOST STUDENT ATHLETES. TYPICALLY, YOU GET A SCHOLARSHIP, SCHOOL IS PAID FOR. THERE ARE NO OTHER LOANS YOU NEED TO TAKE OUT, YOU OR YOUR FAMILY, TO PAY FOR SCHOOL. BUT THAT KEPT MATHIS FROM PLAYING FOR THE LOUISVILLE CARDINALS.>>Tom: HANDED UP AT FLORIDA STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, AND THEED U ONLY REASON HE ENDEP THERE WAS THEY GOT A PHONE CALL FROM A SCOUT WHO HAD SEEN HIM PLAY AND SAID, HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO PLAY BALL IN FLORIDA? I KNOW SOMEBODY THERE. SO HE DECIDED, THAT IS MY ONLY OPTION. SIGHT UNSEEN, HAD NEVER MET THE COACHING STAFF, DIDN’T KNOW WHERE CAMPUS WAS BESIDES THE BEACH. THE CUFF ATTEMPT AND SAFE AT SECOND. IT WILL TURN INTO A STOLEN BASE FOR CJ WILLIS. A STRIKEOUT FOR MATHIS.>>Kyle: I LIKE THE PITCH, HEADS UP, I REALLY LIKE OPITZ BEHIND THE PLATE. HE SAW THIS RIGHT AWAY AND THERE WAS SOMEWAY KIND OF VISUAL THAT WENT ON TO FIRST BASE AND THE ONLY PROBLEM IS THAT WILLIS WAS SO FAR OFF THE ONLY CHANCE HE HAD WAS TO GO OFF TO SECOND BAS SECOND BASE. NOT ENOUGH TIME TO MAKE THE THROW TO CASEYD BABA MARTIN.>>Eduardo: THAT IS WHERE THEY REALLY GET TESTED BY WILLIS.>>Kyle: IT IS W THE ONLY CHANCE HE HAS.>>Eduardo: DID NOTE HESITATE.>>Tom: TO THE RIGHT SIDE, PAST KENLEY COME AROUND THIRD IS WILLIS AND THANKS TO THAT STOLEN BASE, HE WILL SCORE ON A SINGLE TO THE RIGHT SIDE. TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR LUGGAGE, EDUARDO. IT>>Eduardo: I CALLED THE AIRLINE, THEY SAID, DON’T WORRY, WE WILL HOLD IT HERE FOR YOU.>>Tom: THAT’S GOOD NEWS.>>Eduardo: I WAS CALM, I DID THE GAME, I SAID I WILL DRIVE BACK AFTER THE GAME BECAUSE I HAVE TO FLY TO OMAHA IN THE MORNING. SO WHEN I GET TO THE AIRPORT AROUND 12:00, THE SUITCASE IS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND.>>Tom: BUT THE AIRLINE SAID THEY WOULD HOLD IT FOR YOU. BUT IT WAS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND.>>Eduardo: SUITCASE, BYE-BYE. THEY SAID THEY WOULD LEAVE IT OUTSIDE THE ROOM.>>Tom: SMITH WILL GET TO SECOND, LIKELY DEFENSIVE INDIFFERENCE.>>Eduardo: TALK ABOUT MISCELLANEOUS, I WILL GIVE YOU SOMEME TALK MISCELLANEOUS. [LAUGHTER]>>Tom: ZACH WATSON AT THE PLATE, THE CURVE BALL IS WAVED BACK. HE DIDN’T SHARE THE STORY ABOUT BUYING SOME CLOTHES AT THE AIRPORT AND THE LADIES INSIDE THE STORE DID NOT KNOW YOU SPOKE SPANISH.>>Eduardo: OH, YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT.E SP>>Tom: LITTLE DID THEY KNOW YOU UNDERSTOOD EVERY WORD THEY WERE SAYING ABOUT YOU.>>Eduardo: THAT HAPPENS A LOT LOT.>>Tom: KJERSTAD COMING UP BEHIND HIM,AD IT WILL BE THE FIL OUT OF THE ENDING. IT’S TIME TO STRETCH. NOT JUST THE>>Tom: LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT NATIONAL HEADLINES AROUND NCAA BASEBALL, A RECORD 11 EARLIER THIS SEASON. UCLA IS NUMBER ONE FOR THE EIGHTH STRAIGHT WEEK, FIVE SERIES WINS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS OUT WEST. AND OREGON STATE, THEY WERE SWEPT THANKS TO A PAIR OF ONE RUN VICTORIES FOR THE COWBOYS. DOES THAT CHANGE HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT OREGON STATE AND THEIR POSTSEASON HOPES?>>Kyle: NO, NO. I STILL THINK THEY ARE A BORDERLINE HOST, WHAT CHANGED IT FOR ME IS LOSING CABLE. WENT DOWN WITH TOMMY JOHN, SO GOOD FOR HIM AND OMAHA, THAT CHANGED THE WEEKEND ROTATION SO SIGNIFICANTLY. CASEY MARTIN AT THE PLATE, 2-1, NOT GOING TO BE AVAILABLE TOMORROW AFTER A 40 PLUS PITCH OUTING TONIGHT. MARTIN IS A FOUR FOR TONIGHT. SHARPLY HEAD AND IT’S A THREE-HIT EVENING FOR CASEY MARTIN. KEVIN ABLE WON THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OREGON STATE LAST YEAR. 2-HIT SHUT OUT IN THE FINALS OF GAME 3. ONLY THREE STARTS THIS YEAR AND HE WAS 2-0.>>Kyle: FOUR WINS LAST YEAR IN THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES, WAS SO GOOD IN GAME 3. BASED ON WHEN HE HAD IT, 12 MONTHS OFF IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEASON NEXT YEAR, DRAFT ELIGIBLE NEXT YEAR.>>Eduardo: ALREADY WITH THE TOMMY JOHN, WHICH NOW, FOR AN ORGANIZATION, THAT IS MORE OF A PLUS.>>Kyle: THAT IS NOT SEEN AS A NEGATIVE LIKE IT USED TO BE.>>Eduardo: BEFORE, YOU HAD TOMMY JOHN SURGERY, THERE WAS ALWAYS THE WHAT-IF FACTOR. BUT WE’VE SEEN SUCH ADVANTAGES IN THE SURGERY THAT ONCE YOU HAVE IT, IT’S A RARE THAT YOU SEE IT DONE TWICE. NOW, THERE HAVE BEEN PITCHERS THAT HAVE HADAV IT TWICE.>>Kyle: FOX HAD IT THREE TIMES. HE GOT BACK TO THE BIG LEAGUES AFTER EVERY ONE OF THEM.>>Eduardo: AGAIN, IT’S A SURGERY THAT IS NOT CAREER-THREATENING. IT’S A PLUS FOR A LOT OF ORGANIZATIONS.>>Tom: INTO CENTER, WATSON HAS IT,R, ONE DOWN. GAME 6 FOR YOU BETWEEN THE WARRIORS AND ROCKETS, 6:00 PACIFIC ON ESPN AND ESPN APP, A FOUR TIME IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS. NBA ACCOUNT AND GETS IT ALL STARTED AT 8:00 EASTERN, 5:00 PACIFIC.>>Eduardo: I DON’T SEE HOUSTON LOSING AT HOUSTON AND WITHOUT KDE MOST LIKELY.>>Kyle: CALF STRAIN, I USED TO GET A LOT OF THOSE JUST BECAUSE I WAS SO FAST.>>Kyle: THE SPEED OF THE WEIGHT?>>Eduardo: YES. DOMINIC FLETCHER AT THE PLATE, 2-0. LSU MADE A CHANGE WITH THEIR ROTATION AND THEY PUT ZACK HESS OUT OF THE ROTATION OF BACK INTO THE BULLPEN. SPEAKING OF STEPH CURRY, SO WAS ZACK HESS’ DAD CARL, WHO WAS AN ALL-AMERICAN AT LIBERTY. RETIRED HIS JERSEY. THAT BALL TRAPPED BY CABRERA, GET LOOSE, NO ONE WANTS TO PICK IT UP, MARTIN R BROWN TO SCORE WITH EASE, RBI DOUBLE, DOMINIC FLETCHER, R THREE-HIT GAME FOR FLETCHER, FOUR HIT GAME FOR MARTIN. 14 HIT GAME FOR ARKANSAS.>>Eduardo: IMPRESSIVE SAVE.>>Kyle: WHEN MARTIN GETS THEM GOING, THAT IS A DIFFERENT KIND SPEED. I SAW A REPLAY ON THE INSIDE OF THE PARK, WHEN HE HAS A CHANCE — HERE’S THE READ, AND WHEN CABRERA SLIDES AND GETS AWAY FROM HIM, NOW HE KNOWS HE’S GOT A CHANCE. HE CAN FLOAT WHEN HE GETS IT GOING. SUCH A DIFFERENCE-MAKER. SPEED, POWER, BIG TIME ARM. THE ONLY QUESTION IS WHETHER THE GLOBE WILL BE CONSISTENT ENOUGH FOR HIM TO STAY THERE. BUT THAT HAS GOT POTENTIAL BIG LEAGUE STAR WRITTEN ALL OVER IT. I KNOW THERE IS A LOT OF SWING AND MISS BUT THERE IS SOMETHING YOU CAN’T I TEACH.>>Tom: FLETCHER’S SINGLE TO SECOND ON THE THROW. 4 FOR 59 FOR CASEY MARTIN.>>Tom: A LOT OF SMILES FROM THE RAZORBACKS TONIGHT UP TO 14.>>Tom: KJERSTAD WALKED.>>Kyle: TALKING ABOUT THE SPEED OF CASEY K MARTIN, THREE HOME RUNS INSIDE THE PARK. WATCH THIS, HE KNOWS HE HAS A CHANCE, NOW GOOD LUCK. I MEAN, IT COULD’VE BEEN A STAND UP INSIDE THE PARK. WATCH HOW FAST, WATCH THIS.>>Kyle: YOU CAN TELL THE WAY HE GETS OUT OF THETH BOX KNOWING THAT IS WHAT MOST PEOPLE THINK. NOT HIM.>>Kyle: EVERYTHING IS SO EFFICIENT, 14.5 SECONDS TO GET ALL THE WAYY AROUND.>>Tom: TWO INSIDE THE PARK LAST WEEK, THREE ON THE SEASON FOR MARTIN. HERE IS JACK KENLEY. THIRD CONSECUTIVE GAME THAT LSU HAS FOUND THEMSELVES TRAILING BY DOUBLEND T DIGITS. ARKANSAS WILL SEND IN A PINCH RUNNER, CURTIS WASHINGTON JR., THE FRESHMAN FROM WEST MEMPHIS. THAT GUY HAS BEEN RIPPING THE BALL IN MIDWEEK GAMES FOR THE RAZORBACKS. 2-1 TO KENLEY. GRAND SLAM, A SINGLE WALK. PRETTY GOOD NIGHT.>>Kyle: KENLEY COMING INTO THE SEASON WAS THOUGHT MORE DEFENSE FIRST. HIS OPS IS RIGHT ADD .1000. AND IT JUST WENT UP. TWO DOWN, TAGGING FROM SECOND IS FLETCHER. AND THAT WILL BRING JACOB NESBIT UP. THE FRESHMAN FROM TEXAS, TRIVIA TIME, EDUARDO.>>Eduardo: LET’S DOV IT.>>Tom: NAME THE BIG LEAGUE PITCHER FROM THE HIGH SCHOOL.>>Eduardo: I WILL SAY… I GIVE UP.>>Kyle: CLAYTON KERSHAW.>>Tom: GIVE YOU A HINT, THREE-TIME ALL-STAR, TWO CY YOUNGS.>>Eduardo: TWO CY YOUNGS… ROGER CLEMENS?>>Tom: CURRENT BIG LEAGUER. CORY KLUBER. TWO ON FOR NESBIT AND THAT ONE WILL BE FOUND.>>Eduardo: I MUST ADMIT, I WOULD NOT OF ANSWER THAT ONE EVEN ON FIVE TRIES. GOOD RECRUITING.>>Tom: YEAH! DO YOU SEE HIS NUMBERS TONIGHT?>>Kyle: I SURE DID. 9,220, 7,283 TICKETS TONIGHT ON A COLD, MISTY, ALMOST RAINY NIGHT. 7200 INSIDE THE BALLPARK. I SPOT NO VISORS. NESBIT GOES>>Tom: YOU’RE WATCHING THE SEC ON ESPN FROM BAUM WALKER STADIUM INRO FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS, . RBI GIRLS DOING THEIR THING ON THE DUGOUT AND ARKANSAS DOING THEIR THING. 14 RUNS ON 15 HITS. ANTOINE DUPLANTIS LEADS OFF THE EIGHTH FOR LSU.>>Tom: ANTOINE DUPLANTIS, 21 HITS AWAY FROM TYING THE ALL-TIME LSU CAREER HITS RECORD. CHOPPER TO THE RIGHT SIDE, KENLEY TAKES CARE OF IT, ONE DOWN.>>Kyle: DUPLANTIS HAS A CHANCE, I DON’T KNOW IFyl YOU CN CATCH MANGUM, BUT DUPLANTIS IS GOING TO END UP SECOND IN CAREER HITS IN SEC HISTORY. MANGUM IS AT 363 SO LET’S DO A LITTLEO MATH. WE’VE GOT SIX OR SEVEN REGULAR-SEASON GAMES, AND THE SEC TOURNAMENT, THEY CAN PLAY ANYWHERERESE FROM PROBABLY TWO O FOUR GAMES THERE. THE REGIONALS, FOR SURE. IF MISSISSIPPI STATE GETS IT TO OMAHA, THEY CAN GO FOR FOUR. 37 HIT LET DOMINIC LEFT AND THEY COULD POTENTIALLY GET ANOTHER ONE. A 21 GAMES.>>Kyle: GOING TO HAVE TO DO IT WITH LEE PITCHING IN THEO SE.>>Kyle: THEY’VE DONE THAT THE LASTE FOUR YEARS. HE CAN GET CLOSE TO IT IN A HURRY.>>Tom: THE COUNT IS 2-2. AND HE LOOPS THIS ONE DOWN THE LINE AND FOUL. ARE YOU GOING TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH JAKE THAT WEEK?>>Kyle: YEAH, I’M GOING TO THROW HIM BP.>>Eduardo: YOU ARE GOING TO THROW HIM BP? WHY? WHY ARE YOU TRYING TO MESS WITH HIS ROUTINE?>>Kyle: WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? I GOT HIM LOCKED IN.>>Eduardo: HE’S BEEN LOCKED IN FOR THREE AND A HALF YEARS.>>Kyle: I’M GETTING HIM OR IN.ED>>Tom: LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING, WHEN I WAS ON THE MOUND, I COULD GET A LOT OF PEOPLE LOCKED IN. [LAUGHTER]>>Kyle: THAT’S RIGHT. YOU’RE RIGHT, YOU’RE RIGHT.>>Kyle: SKINNY GUY, NO WAY HE COULD SWING ABOUT THAT GOOD.>>Tom: FOULS IT OFF OF HIS CALF. SO, YOU DIDN’T FEAR HIM, WHO WAS MOST FEARED HITTER YOU THROUGH TO?>>Kyle: ME?>>Tom: YEAH. LEFT FIELDER CHRISTIAN FRANKLIN HAS GOT IT. TWOLIN DOWN.>>Eduardo: TODAY, WE’RE LOOKING AT SOME SWINGS AROUND THE CAGE, AND WERE LOOKING AT JOSHAG SMITH’S SWING AND I SAIDI REALLY LIKE IT, IT REMINDS ME A LOT OF ADAM A KENNEDY. AND HE WENT TOOK ME D>>Kyle: FIRST PITCH OF THE GAME, 1-0. OH, THAT GUY CAN HIT, TOO.>>Tom: HERE IS CHRIS REID.>>Kyle: I GOT BOOED AT HOME BECAUSE I WALKED TO THE WIRE. [LAUGHTER]>>Tom: WHAT YEAR WAS THAT? WAS IT ’98?>>Kyle: ’99. ABUED LOUD. AT HOME.>>Eduardo: [LAUGHS]>>Tom: I THINK MAYBE THERE WERE A FEW PEOPLE THERE TO WATCH YOU HIT. CHRIS REID COMES FROM AN LSU FAMILY, HIS GRANDPA WAS AN LSU PROCESS PROFESSOR, MASTER OF HORTICULTURE. INTRODUCED STRAWBERRY BREEDING AND A NEW WINE GRAPE BREEDING PROGRAMS. BIG FAN OF THAT GUY.>>Tom: TONIGHT AFTER GAME 6, DON’T MISS “SPORTSCENTER,” POSTGAME COVERAGE FROM PORTLAND, PLUS, THE RAPTORS-SIXERS GAME BREAKDOWN. AND WE JOIN THE SHOW TO ANALYZE THE HURRICANES-BRUINS GAME 1. “SPORTSCENTER,” 1:00 A.M. EASTERN ON ESPN AND THE ESPN AP ESPN APP. LSU HAS GONE BACK TO THE BULLPEN AND HAVE MADE A CHANGE IN CENTER FIELD. MORE TO THAT IN A MOMENT BUT FIRST, BATON ROUGE’S OWN CLAY MOFFITT, 6’4″, 241 POUNDS, 2-0 ON THE YEAR, WITH A .281 E.R.A. IN SIX INNINGS OF WORK. HIS DAD, STRENGTH COACH FOR LSU FOOTBALL JUST UP THE ROAD AT KANSAS CITY FOR THE NATIONAL CONVENTION, HE WILL DRIVE DOWNNH TO FAYETTEVILLE AT 5:00 A.M. TO BE THERE FOR HIS GRADUATION TOMORROW AT 10:00. A LOT OF TIMES WHAT TEAMS WILL DO WITH GRADUATION ON CAMPUS AND A TEAM ON THE ROAD IS HOLD A MINI CEREMONY IN THE HOTEL OR SOMEWHERE ELSE, WHEREVER ATHLETES HAPPEN TO BE THERE. LSU CAN DO TRACK A FIELD AND BASEBALL GUYS WITH AN HONORARY CEREMONY ON THE ROAD. HIS DAD WELL RENOWNED FOR HIS WORK IN THE WEIGHT ROOM.>>Tom: TO RIGHT FIELD, AND CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT THE NATIONAL CONVENTION IS LIKE FOR FOOTBALL STRENGTH COACHES? HEY, CAN YOU LIFT THIS?>>Kyle: HOW MUCH CAN YOU BENCH?>>Tom: [LAUGHS]>>Eduardo: HOW MANY MACHINES DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROGRAM?>>Tom: I KNOW A LOT OF FOOTBALL COACHES THAT WOULD BE IMPRESSED WITH OLE MISS’ BASEBALL PROGRAM.>>Kyle: YEAH. 14 WEIGHT RACKS.>>Eduardo: 14 WEIGHT RACKS IN THE BASEBALL PROGRAM?>>Kyle: ALL BASEBALL.>>Eduardo: GUYS, GUESS WHERE I’M HEADED TOMORROW. I’M GOING TO TALLAHASSEE.>>Kyle:GO WHY?>>Eduardo: MIKE MARTIN, THERERE IS A ROAST FOR HIM ON SATURDAY, AND I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE ALL THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE A LOT OF LOVE FOR MIKE MARTIN. THE LAST HOME GAME THAT HE WILL BE AS A HEAD COACH BEFORE THEY TAKE ON LOUISVILLE WIL NEXT WEE.>>Kyle: ARE YOU READY? DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO SAY?>>Kyle: NO, THAT’S WHY AM ASKING FOR HELP HERE. FEEL FREE, TWEET AT ME, LET ME KNOW. BUT I HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF — I HAVE SOMETHING, I HAVE A LITTLE SURPRISE FOR HIM.>>Tom: FRANKLIN TO THE LEFT SIDE,FR BACKHANDED, REID. TWO DOWN.>>Eduardo: IT’S GOING TO BE A GOOD SHINDIG OVER THERE.>>Tom: DO YOU HOLD ANYTHING BACK?>>Eduardo: I WILL TELL YOU THIS AND I DID NOT KNOW, MY NUMBER THROUGHOUT HIGH SCHOOL WAS NUMBER 11. SO I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO GET IT. AND THEY TOLD ME NO, IT’S TAKEN. I SAID, WHO? THEY SAID, BY AND 11. [LAUGHTER]>>Kyle: THAT WILL BE FUN.>>Tom: ASK HIM ABOUT THE TIME HE TRIED TO CHALLENGE A RULING THAT HAD HE WON IT WOULD’VE TAKEN A RUN OFF THE BOARD FOR HIS OWN T TEAM. THAT’S A GOOD ONE TO BRING UP.>>Eduardo: THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKINGard ABOUT. FIRST ROUND AT THE MASTERS, AT AUGUSTINE NATIONAL WHERE YOU ONLY HAD A 5-1 BAR TO BREAK 80. BUT NO!>>Kyle: THAT’S WHAT HE SAID, YES, HIS REACTION IN THE INTERVIEW WAS THE BEST.>>Tom: GOT TO MIX UP THERE.>>Kyle: IT’S HARD TO CATCH A CATCHER WITH NO ONE ON SITE. MAYBE HE’S THINKING ABOUT WHAT TO SELL MIKE MARTIN.>>Tom: HAL HUGHES HANDLES IT.>>WHAT A MOMENT!>>Tom: AND DREW BIANCO PUCKERED UP ON THE FIRST PITCH HE SAW AGAINST HIS DAD’S TEAM, THE FRESHMAN, DUE TO PLATE THIRD IN THE NINTH INNING. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD.>>Kyle: DID YOU SEE HIS DAD’S FACE WHEN HE CAME AROUND THIRD BASE?CA HE WAS IN THE DUGOUT AND LOOKED DOWN RIGHTIN T AWAY. A LITTLE BAT FLIP ON THAT ONE, TOO. THEY WON THE SERIES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN BATON ROUGE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1983.>>Eduardo: YOU BUY A CAR THERE, TOO?>>Tom: HE BOUGHT SO MANY CARS, HE CAN’T REMEMBER WHAT YEAR HE BOUGHT. DANIEL CABRERA, TWO HOME RUNS, TAKES OVER ON THE MOUND FOR ARKANSAS. CABRERA HAS A TIED HIS CAREER HIGH FOR HOME RUNS IN A GAME. 11TH APPEARANCE OF THE SEASON. FOUL TERRITORY, AND NOBODY WILL GET THERE. THERE IS A STORY YOU CAN TALK ABOUT. LET’S CHANGE THE SUBJECT FOR THE FANS.ASAS>>Eduardo: OKAY.>>Kyle: FLORIDA STATE BASEBALL HAS A GREAT HISTORY, AND TIED IN WITH THE LSU FOOTBALL PROGRAM, JACK MARIUCCI AND HIS AT-BATS TO GO BACK TO THAT TIME WHEN HE WAS PLAYING AT FLORIDA STATE.>>Eduardo: HE WAS THE ASSISTANT TRAINER FOR FLORIDA STATE.>>Tom: INTO CENTER, FLETCHER TO THE INT TRACK.>>Eduardo: FOR YEARS, HE HAS BEEN THE HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER FOR THE TIGERS, SO JACK DECIDED TO MAKE SOME BATS FOR HIS SON IN THE SHED IN THE BACK OF HIS HOME BY HAND. WAS MAKING THEM AND ONE DAY I GET A WHILE YOU WERE OUT NOTICE WHILE I WAS WITH THE CARDINALS, THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS AND HE SAID HEY, I’M COMING TO TOWN AND I WANT TO MAKE YOU A BAT. HE DID, FAST-FORWARD TO THE STORY, HE BROUGHT IN SOME BATS, THEY WERE GREAT, I SAID WE’VE GOT TO USE THIS IN A GAME. USED IT IN A GAME, ALBERT PUJOLU GRABBED ONE, ONE, ALL OF A SUDDEN BARRY LARKIN GRAB SOMEONE ALSO,BARR HE GETS THE FIRST HITN THE BIG LEAGUES WITH THE BAT. MY CAMERA GETS THE FIRST HOME RUN WITH THE MARIE G BAT, AND THE LEDGE AN END NOT ONLY THAT, IT IS THE MOST COMMONLY USED BAT RIGHT NOW AT THE MAJOR-LEAGUE LEVEL.>>Tom: THE OFFICE IS LIKE A BASEBALL SHRINE.IN HE’S GOT LETTERS FROM THE PRESIDENT TUCKED AWAY AND FILING CABINETS, BUT THE WAY HE TOLD ME THAT STORY IS THAT WHEN YOU FIRST TOOK THE BAD TO THE PLATE, IT HAD NO APPROVAL. HE SAID, I WAS SWEATING BULLETS THAT SOMETHING WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. THE LABEL G DIDN’T EVEN MEET MLB SPECS.>>Eduardo: IT WAS HUGE. IN THE BAT IS ACTUALLY IN PUERTO RICO. THE ORIGINAL BAT IS IN PUERTO RICO, AND IT WENT THROUGH HURRICANE MARIA. I CAN’T SAY IT WENT UNSCATHED, BUT I HAD THE BONE RUB, BECAUSE HE USEDO TO RUB THE BAT, SO IT HAD A BIG OLD BONE ON IT NEXT TO THE END, IT WAS A BEAUTY.>>Tom: WHAT AN AMAZING STORY THAT ZACH MURRAY SHE DECIDES TO MAKE BATS FOR HIS SON IN A SHED IN THE BACKYARD AND THEN HANDS ONE OFF TO YOU AND THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW, DREW BIANCO GETS A TWO HOUR WALK TO EXTEND THE GAME FOR LSU.>>Kyle: REALLY GOOD BATS, THE ALUMINUM BATS, THE HELMETS FOR LSU ARE MARIE G HELMETS>>Eduardo: THE PRESIDENT OF MARIE THE BASS IS A CONNECTION TO LSU.>>Tom: I HAVEN’T SEEN IT LATELY BUT THEY USED TO BE IN THE BATON ROUGE AIRPORT A GIANT CHAIR MADE OF BATS BUT LAST TIME I CAMEE THROUGH THERE, THE CHAIR WAS GONE.>>Eduardo: REALLY? I HAVEN’T BEEN THERE SINCE I WENT TO VISIT THE OFFICES. REALLY PROUD OF WHAT JACK AND THE FELLOWS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO THERE.>>Tom: 2-0, MATHIS IS YANKED FOUL. HE IS FROM FAIRFIELD, OHIO, BY WAY OF NORTHWEST NORTH DAKOTA STATE. TOLD YOU EARLIER ABOUT HIS COMMITMENT TO LOUISVILLE AND HOW HE NEVERAN HAD A CHANCE TO ENROC HE HAS LED AN INTERESTING LIFE. COMES FROM A DEEPLY RELIGIOUS FAMILY AND HIS MOM AND DAD USED TO TRAVEL THE COUNTRY PULLING A TRAILER FULL OF MUSICAL GEAR SINGING GOSPELAL AT VARIOUS STO. THERE IS A FIVE, SIX YEAR PERIOD OF HIS LIFE. THE 2-2. PULLED FOUL.>>Eduardo: HE MUST PLAY SOME INSTRUMENTS M THEN.>>Tom: PLAYS THE DRUMS, PLAYED IN FRONT OF A PULPIT OF 1500. LOOKED PERFECTLY COMFORTABLE IN FRONT OF EVERYONE IN THE CONGREGATION, AND HE LOOKS COMFORTABLE AT THE PLATE AS HE FELT ANOTHER ONE OFF. I ASKED HIM ABOUT IT BATTING PRACTICE AND HE SAYS WHAT YOU CAN’T SEE IN THE YOUTUBE VIDEO IS THAT I WASCAN’ SO NERVOUS THY DAD WAS HOLDING MY LEG TO KEEP IT FROM SHAKING. LIMITED TIME IN JUNIOR-COLLEGE WITH A BROKEN BALL AND A SWINGING BUNT AND THAT WILL END IT. ARKANSAS TAKES A GAME ONE. WE WILL HAVE GAME THREE OF THIS SERIES OF SATURDAY, 2:00 EASTERN ON ESPN2. 14-4 IS THE FINAL TONIGHT. 14 RUNS ON 15 HITS FOR ARKANSAS, ONE OF THE BEST POWER-HITTING TEAMS IN COLLEGE BASEBALL. IT SHOWS THEIR POWER TONIGHT. HILLIARD FALLS TO 0-3 WITH THE LOSS. COMING UP NEXT, SEC’S STORIED, BEFORE THEY WERE COWBOYS. AND OFFENSIVE NIGHT FOR ARKANSAS, THEY WILL TRY TO WIN THE SERIES TOMORROW. FOR KYLE PETERSON, EDUARDO PEREZ, ARE FANTASTIC ESPN CREW TONIGHT,IC I AM TOM HART FROM BAUM WALKER STADIUM IN FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS. IT’S ALL A RAZORBACKS. 14-4 OVER LSU. GOOD NIGHT FROM FAYETTEVILLE.

3 thoughts on “Arkansas Razorback Baseball – Game 50 vs LSU (Game 1)

  1. The music in the third inning. 1 hour 3 minutes 25 seconds. Who is that? Musician, band. I need to know.

  2. love the tradition of the beer hat when the Hogs have the bases loaded…….that grand slam bottom of the 4th was an amazing laser shot…a great win with some great homers..

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