Monday, June 1, 2009

All Smyly in Norman

Talk about easy. Was there ever any doubt about the Hogs this weekend? OK, you don't have to answer that question. The beleagured, faltering Diamond Hogs stumbled into Norman having won only 3 of their last 13 games. However, something in Norman suited the Razorbacks just fine. The color red? The combined 4-0 record against WSU and OU during the regular season? The stinch of cows grazing in the outfield? Whatever it was, the Arkansas bats were resurrected and with it their season in a three game domination of Washington State and OU twice.

Redshirt freshman Drew Smyly tossed 8 and one-third innings no-hit ball yesterday along with 12 K's to lead the Razorbacks to an 11-0 Regional clinching win. What a performance by a guy who hadn't lasted more than 6 innings or had more than 6 strikeouts in a game yet. Those OU Spooner players are still trying to catch up to Smyly this morning.

Oh, sorry Andy Wilkins did not hit five homers for you like I promised last week. You'll just have to settle for his 12-16 performance with 2 homers, 5 doubles, and 11 RBI's. That was a good enough performance to earn him the Most Outstanding Player award.

The Razorbacks are now 36-22 and headed to Florida State University for a best of three super regional this weekend just two wins away from a trip to Omaha.

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