Their two biggest wins of the season are a 1-0 win over Baylor, and a 2-1 win over South Carolina. Some say it's small ball. I say it's Hogball !!!
These 2012 Razorbacks aren't big hitters or big talkers. Spend some time in the locker room, and you'll see that the second string catcher is as comfortable as the second round major league draft pick. There's a lot to like about these Hogs, from the way they play the game , to the way they handle themselves.
It all starts with pitching, and the Hogs are the best armed team in College Baseball, just ask Baylor or South Carolina. Baxendale, Stanek, Fant, Astin, Moore, Suggs, Sanburn and Daniel. All eight have played a role in this special post season run.
Hogball is doing the little things right. Tim Carver led off the South Carolina game with a single and Dominic Ficociello knocked him in with a laser shot into the gap in left center, but it was a perfectly executed bunt by Jacob Mahan that put Carver in scoring position. Move to the bottom of the first, South Carolina is threatening, they have two runners on with two outs. Ryne Stanek fields a bouncer in front of the plate, and delivers a perfect throw to first . If he rushes that throw, the ball ends up in right field, and the lead is history. The little things.
South Carolina has a runner 90 feet away from home plate, speedy Tanner English lays a bunt down the first base line. If he lays that same bunt down against just about any other team in College Baseball, he would end up on first base. Not against Arkansas. Dominic Ficociello scooped the ball and made the tag in the same motion, end of threat. If they gave out Gold Gloves for College players, Dominic would get one or two. The little things.
Matt Vinson struck again in game 2, another big rbi hit, a single in the fourth inning scoring Brian Anderson to give the Hogs a 2-0 lead. The freshman Anderson fell behind 0 and 2, then worked his way on base with a walk. The little things.
When asked about this College World Series experience, these Razorbacks use words like "lucky and blessed ". During my three days in Omaha , I was called Mr. Sullivan ( I'm getting old) and thanked for doing an interview. They are fun to watch and a pleasure to cover.
Earlier this season, I remember Coach Van Horn talking about the player/coach relationship. There has to be that line. No Hog player will be friends with Coach until he earns former Hog status. He went on to say that it's been more difficult with this team, because he has so many good guys on this team.
I like these Hogs !!!
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