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Razorback Flash From The Past: Norm Debriyn

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Legendary Arkansas baseball coach Norm DeBriyn’s 1979 team put the Razorbacks on the national scene.

That season, they were the regular season Southwest Conference champions with a 19-5 SWC record (Tournament runner-up) and won the school’s first regional title before eventually finishing as the runner-up in the College World Series to Cal State Fullerton.

Led by Steve Kruegar, Kevin McReynolds, Ronn Reynolds, Johnny Ray, and Ed Wallace, the

Hogs went on a tear acheiving the best record in school history by a long shot at the time (won 36 of their first 40 games).

Arkansas was selected for the East Regional in Tallahassee and went 4-0 defeating George Washington 12-11, Florida 9-1, and Delaware twice...8-6 in the semis and 4-3 in the finals.

They stayed undefeated in the CWS taking down Pepperdine 5-4, Arizona, 10-3, and Texas 9-4 before losing the best-of-3 series in the finals to Augie Garrido and Fullerton.