Arkansas Baseball Update

May 7, 2006

Week: 3-1

Overall Record: 34-15, 14-10 SEC

Tuesday, May 2: Oral Roberts 5, #14 Arkansas 4

Friday, May 5: #14 Arkansas 4, Alabama 3

Saturday, May 6: #14 Arkansas 13, Alabama 6

Sunday, May 7: #14 Arkansas 5, Alabama 3

Hitter of the Week Nominee

Brian Walker


Tulsa, Okla./Tulsa Union High School

· Brian Walker carried Arkansas to a series sweep of Alabama this weekend with a .600 batting average (6 for 10)

· The sophomore from Tulsa had three doubles and a home run against the Crimson Tide

· Walker drove in five runs over the weekend, setting a new career-high with 26 this season

· He posted a .714 on-base percentage and a 1.100 slugging percentage

· He drew three walks and was hit by a pitch

· Walker had a RBI double and a home run on Friday night to keep the Razorbacks in the game for a dramatic 4-3 win in 11 innings

· He was 3 for 3 with three RBI on Saturday and reached base five times

· Walker singled on Sunday and reached base three times with two walks

Noting the Razorbacks

No. 14 Arkansas swept past No. 6 Alabama this weekend at Baum Stadium with a little help from a new friend – Rosie the baby water turtle … Rosie was found in the Hogs’ dugout prior to Friday’s game and became a good luck charm … Rosie helped Arkansas move into second place in the SEC West and into third place overall in the SEC … the Razorbacks improved their record to 34-15 on the season and 14-10 in league play … Arkansas is now 16-8 on the season against top-25 competition – the most in the SEC … it was the third straight series win for the Hogs over the Crimson Tide and the first sweep since UA took three games from Alabama at George Cole Field in 1994 … the Razorbacks hit .333 with runners in scoring position for the series … 12 of the Hogs’ 20 RBI in the three games came with two outs … Arkansas got an 11th-inning single from Logan Forsythe for a come-from-behind 4-3 win on Friday night … Brian Walker kept the Hogs in the game with a RBI double and his fourth home run of the season … Alabama issued a school record 16 walks, including a school-record six to Jake Dugger … Devin Collis (7-2) earned the win, pitching the final two innings and not allowing a hit … the Razorbacks bats came alive on Saturday and tied their SEC season-high with 13 runs and 14 hits … the Hogs jumped out to a 9-0 lead behind Walker and Forsythe and cruised to the win behind the pitching of starter Daryl Maday and closer Devin Collis … Maday allowed just one run on five hits in to improve to 1-0 in his first SEC start of the season … Collis came on and pitched the final 2.1 innings to earn his eighth save of the season … Danny Hamblin collected three hits, including his first triple of the season … he also drove in a run to become the first Arkansas player to drive in 60 runs in a season since Rodney Nye plated 78 in 1999 … Walker was 3 for 3 with three RBI and reached base five times … Forsythe drove in a career-high fur runs and scored three more on two hits and a walk … The Razorbacks rallied for a series sweep on Sunday with a four-run sixth inning … Jake Dugger provided the heroics with a three-run home run high off the scoreboard in right-center field … David Hum also singled home a run in the inning as a pinch hitter … Matt Willard then plated an insurance run in the eighth inning with a two-out single … Charley Boyce got the win out of the bullpen with 2.1-scoreless innings of work … he allowed just one hit and struck out two … Boyce is just the second pitcher in school history to record 30 career wins for the Razorbacks … he also tied Gerald Hannahs (1971-74) for fourth place with is 225th career strikeout … Brian McLelland pitched the final 1.1 innings to earn his first career save … Walker finished the weekend with a .600 batting average, a .714 on-base percentage and a 1.100 slugging percentage … he hit two doubles, a home run and drove in five … Walker raised his batting average 25 points in three games, while not striking out and drawing three walks … Forsythe finished the series with a .333 batting average and raised his average 29 points … Collis pitched five innings in three appearances this weekend … he allowed just one hit and one unearned run while fanning four and posting a .056 opponent batting average … Collis is 7-2 on the season with eight saves and a 1.95 ERA in 37 innings of work … Arkansas is now 22-5 when they score first and 24-5 when its starting pitcher throws at least five innings …

Next Week

Arkansas travels to Ole Miss for a three-game SEC series this weekend. Game times at Ole Miss are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. All three games this week can be heard on the Razorback Baseball Radio Network with Rick Schaeffer. Live audio broadcasts can be accessed inside the RazorZone at

Friday, May 12: Arkansas at Ole Miss, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 13: Arkansas at Ole Miss, 4 p.m.

Sunday, May 14: Arkansas at Ole Miss, 1:30 p.m.

Download: vs. Alabama.pdf