We're running out of sensible ways to try to explain how exactly the Arkansas baseball team has made its magical run to the Super Regionals – and likely hosting. Friday and Saturday's games in Stillwater was Razorback baseball at its finest, falling behind early on and seeming out of sorts only to rally late and move on. Then Sunday night with a trip to the Supers on the line, Arkansas went ahead 3-0, got a tremendous outing from Jackson Lowery and was feeling good. St John's didn't go away easily, though, tying the game before eventually surrendering the game-winning RBI to Joe Serrano – the lone member of Arkansas' 2012 College World Series club. Now, it seems a trip to Omaha runs through Baum Stadium, as it should be.
It's not breaking news to anyone, especially followers of Arkansas football, that the Razorbacks had a terrific defense in 2014 – a top 10 defense, in fact. Robb Smith worked wonders with a group that was pretty abysmal just one season prior, leading back-to-back shutouts in league play and a total manhandling of Texas to close out the year. Arkansas' defense was gangly, swarming to the ball and raisin' all kinds of hell. Thanks to Bielema's keep-away offensive philosophy, only 11 defenses were on the field less than the Razorbacks last year, keeping Arkansas' key defensive guys fresh and allowing max effort on every down.
Five SEC players are projected to go in the first round of the NBA draft later this month, highlighted by Kentucky's stars. Folks are so enveloped in seeing when and where Calipari's players are going to end up that the SEC Player of the Year is somehow being overlooked a bit. Bobby Portis, who is no question a first round talent, could be one of the gems of the draft if taken by the right team. And there just so happens to be a recently eliminated Eastern Conference team that could really use Portis' rebounding ability in the future.
Phil Steele has released his 2015 preseason All-Conference teams, which means people think their favorite player got snubbed or isn't getting enough respect. And despite having THE BEST SPRING EVER, Brandon Allen is nowhere to be found. He's not on the first team, not the second, not the third, not the fourth. NO RESPECT I TELL YA. I digress. Here are all four preseason SEC teams if you want to look for yourself. I do have one gripe, however. Alabama's OJ Howard is second team All-SEC despite doing virtually nothing last season. But that's none of my business.
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INTENTIONAL WALK WILD PITCH IN ARKANSAS FAVOR THE 2013 KSU REGIONAL IS REDEEMED— Doc Harper (@doc_harper) May 31, 2015