Arkansas has had reason to smile lately (Eric Sorenson)


Hogs Put The Clamps On Trojan War


LOS ANGELES —  Yeah, yeah, yeah, I hear ya’ Arkansas fans. You guys aren’t all that crash-hot about being ranked down at No. 16 as your Razorbacks are right now in the rankings. You guys aren’t so sure that’s the proper respect to give to the defending national runner-ups who still have some wildly talented players on the roster. Well you know what gets your team some more hard-earned respect? Winning games like tonight’s 6-3 win at Southern California, that’s what.

That’s right, the Razorbacks looked razor-sharp, especially on defense and in key moments at the plate, and ended up doubling up the homestanding Trojans to notch a very impressive lidlifting win in this three game series out here in SmogLand. The Hogs didn’t overwhelm the Trojans, no. They just picked up a couple more key hits, got some really good defense and saw *most* of their pitchers throw very well to help quell any kind of comeback attempt.

Dave Van Horn (center) and his staff liked the loose, confident feel his team had tonight in the win over USC.

This was a good win for Arkansas. This is the kind of win not too many SEC teams would venture to gamble. But Dave Van Horn’s program has always been willing to test itself in the early season away from home. And those tests usually begin to pay dividends come the warmer months of the season.

Arkansas jumped on the Trojans early with three straight scorning innings and held on from there, thanks to good pitching and a great defense. This was a true team win for the Razorbacks and affirmed their position as  force in the SEC and in the coming post-season as well.


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