Here are some postgames thoughts from No. 10 Arkansas’ 8-5 win over MSU today at Dudy Noble Field.
MSU coach John Cohen
• On baserunning blunders by Russ Sneed and Ryan Duffy, both seniors: “The kids are just trying to force something to happen, because they’re seniors and they just want so desperately to win, so they try to do something extraordinary instead of doing something average. But we spend more time on baserunning than anybody in the country.”
• On how injuries have affected the team: “These are the types of games that really – and I’m not trying to sound like anybody familiar – but not having Brent Brownlee really for the season, not having (Jarrod) Parks for the season, not having Frankie Rawdow for the season, not having (Nick) Routt, these are the days where it really hurts. Because we literally only have three substitutes we can enter in a ballgame.”
Anyone think he’s not referring to Ron Polk at the top of that quote?
Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn
• On MSU’s pitching: “I thought most of their pitchers, they all did a pretty good job. There was just maybe one pitch or one at-bat that we took advantage of, the ball was elevated. … We’ve been coming up with the big hit.”
• On his offense getting a late start last two games: “That’s the way our offense was the first 20, 22 games it seemed like. We didn’t do anything until about the sixth, seventh inning. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve been behind and come from behind.”
MSU pitcher Chris Stratton
• On his 6-inning, 2-run outing: “I got myself out of some tough jams. We need to eliminate those, so I can keep my pitch count down so I can go longer into games.”
• On Arkansas’ lineup: “They’re SEC hitters. You’ve got to find a way to get them out, and if you can turn over their lineup a couple of times, you’re doing pretty well.”
MSU DH Russ Sneed
• On Arkansas starter Brett Eibner (10 strikeouts): “He just mainly came at us with fastballs. And it is tough to lay off those elevated fastballs. They look sweet to everybody.”
• On his baserunning blunder (picked off at third base): “Mine was just a complete bonehead mistake. It’s called a heads down play. It can literally change the outcomes of games.”