LIVE UPDATES: DVH Makes Significant Lineup Changes for Arkansas vs Michigan

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After watching his team get almost completely shut down for 14 innings Saturday night, Dave Van Horn has made significant changes to his starting lineup for the Arkansas vs Michigan game.

The Razorbacks have four new players in their starting nine Sunday afternoon, with only two of the four holdovers hitting in the same spot in the lineup. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

Most notably, Hudson White is getting his first day off of the season after starting the first six games at either catcher or designated hitter. Freshman Ryder Helfrick is also out of the lineup after starting at DH and catcher against Oregon State and Oklahoma State, respectively. That opens the door for veteran Parker Rowland to make his second start of the year.

Peyton Holt is also out of the lineup, allowing freshman Nolan Souza to make his second career start. The other changes are in the outfield, with Will Edmunson starting over Jayson Jones in left field and Ross Lovich getting the nod in right field to allow Kendall Diggs to move to DH. Edmunson is also batting leadoff, moving Diggs into the 2-hole.

Third baseman Jared Sprague-Lott and shortstop Wehiwa Aloy are still starting on the left side of the infield, but Sprague-Lott – who went 3 for 5 against Oklahoma State and is hitting a team-high .412 – has moved up from the 8-hole and into the cleanup spot, where Aloy has been hitting.

Aloy, the Sacramento State transfer, went 0 for 7 in the extra-innings loss to Oklahoma State, including 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position. He dropped from hitting cleanup to hitting in the 6-hole.

The only two players in the same spot as the last two games are first baseman Ben McLaughlin batting third and center fielder Ty Wilmsmeyer batting ninth.

The full lineups, as well as inning-by-inning updates from Arkansas vs Michigan, can be found below…

LIVE UPDATES – Arkansas vs Michigan

Pregame Tidbits

Right-hander Dylan Vigue will make his second career start for the Wolverines. The freshman allowed only two earned runs (and one unearned) and had two strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings against Western Michigan in his debut last weekend, but also gave up five hits, allowed five walks, hit a batter and threw three wild pitches.

T-1st: Arkansas 1, Michigan 0

  • Edmunson drew a walk to get things started.
  • Diggs bounced into a tailor-made double play, but the second baseman couldn’t get the ball out of his glove and had to just get the out at first. Edmunson moved to second. 1 out.
  • McLaughlin smacked a hit to left and the left fielder made a weird diving attempt to stop it and it got by him. The run was already going to score, but it allowed Diggs to take second. However, it’s ruled a straight-up double instead of a single and E7.
  • Sprague-Lott was hit by the first pitch he saw, prompting a mound visit by Michigan.
  • That was all the damage, though, as Lovich grounded into a 3-6-1 double play to end the inning. Nice job by the pitcher to get over and complete the double play. It was a 19-pitch inning for Vigue.

B-1st: Arkansas 1, Michigan 0

  • Hrustich looks at strike three to start the home half of the first. 1 out.
  • Councell popped out to short. 2 outs.
  • Voit went down swinging to end the inning. That’s already two strikeouts for Molina, who has thrown 17 pitches (11 strikes).

T-2nd: Arkansas 1, Michigan 0

  • Aloy’s tough weekend continued with a ground out to second. 1 out.
  • Souza followed with a four-pitch walk.
  • Rowland took a strike in a 3-1 count before also drawing a walk.
    • A wild pitch moves the runners to second and third. That takes the double play out of the equation.
  • Wilmsmeyer couldn’t check his swing on a pitch in the dirt, resulting in a strikeout. 2 outs.
  • Edmunson grounds out to short to end the inning and strand runners on second and third. Vigue has thrown 41 pitches.

B-2nd: Arkansas 1, Michigan 0

  • Kim, Michigan’s best hitter, struck out on three pitches to start the second. He looked at strike three. 1 out.
  • The Wolverines’ first base runner is Stanton, who was HBP in a 1-1 count.
  • Caruso looks at strike three, a fastball right down the middle. 2 outs.
  • Dernedde goes down swinging. That’s five strikeouts for Molina. He’s thrown 33 pitches.

T-3rd: Arkansas 1, Michigan 0

  • Diggs gave it a ride to deep right, but it was caught just in front of the track. 1 out.
  • McLaughin grounded out to first. 2 outs.
  • Sprague-Lott hit a sinking line drive to center and the center fielder caught it at his shoelaces to end the inning. After throwing 41 pitches over the first two innings, Vigue needed just nine that inning.

B-3rd: Arkansas 1, Michigan 0

  • In a full count, Leitgeb drew a leadoff walk.
  • Pace tried to move him over with a sacrifice bunt, but Molina fielded it and immediately fired to second to get the lead runner. Great heads-up play. 1 out.
    • Pace stole second and the throw by Rowland got by Souza and went into center. The E2 allowed him to move to third.
  • In a full count, Hrustich goes down swinging. That’s a huge out for Molina. 2 outs.
  • Molina struck out Counsell to end the inning. That’s seven Ks. He has thrown 55 pitches, though.

T-4th: Arkansas 3, Michigan 0

  • Lovich can’t check his swing and goes down swinging. 1 out.
  • Aloy is hit by a pitch to snap a stretch of six straight retired by Vigue.
    • The throw beat Aloy to second on a stolen base, but his slide avoided the tag. It also took him off the bag, but he still avoided the tag and was called safe. Michigan challenged the call, but replays showed he was safe.
  • In a full count, Souza drew another walk to put runners on first and second.
  • Rowland fell behind 0-2, battled back to work it full and eventually walked to load the bases. That prompted another mound visit by Michigan, but it sticks with Vigue.
  • With the bases loaded, Wilmsmeyer went down swinging. 2 outs.
  • In a 2-2 count, Edmunson was hit by a pitch to bring in a run.
  • Diggs took some borderline pitches and drew a walk to bring in another run.
    • That’s it for Vigue. The new pitcher is right-hander Will Rogers.
  • Rogers limits the damage with the help of a nice play by Voit, who made a diving stop of a grounder to first by McLaughlin. He then tossed to Rogers covering the bag to end the inning.

B-4th: Arkansas 3, Michigan 0

  • Voit grounded out to third to start the inning. 1 out.
  • Kim grounded out to second. 2 outs.
  • Stanton looks at strike three to end the inning. Molina needed just 12 pitches that inning and is up to 67 through four.

T-5th: Arkansas 3, Michigan 0

  • Sprague-Lott led off the fifth with a double to left-center.
  • Lovich followed with a line drive, but the second baseman snagged it. Making matters worse, he was able to spin and throw to second to double up Sprague-Lott. Tough break for the Hogs. 2 outs.
  • Aloy hit a slow roller up the middle that the pitcher got a glove on, but it was the second baseman who charged in and made the throw to first to just get him. Tremendous play. That ends the inning.

B-5th: Arkansas 3, Michigan 0

  • Caruso hit a pop up in foul territory and McLaughlin made a nice catch. 1 out.
  • Dernedde chased a curveball that ended up in the dirt. It’s nine strikeouts for Molina. 2 outs.
  • In a full count, Leitgeb goes down swinging. That’s 10 strikeouts. Molina has thrown 81 pitches, so he’s probably done.

T-6th: Arkansas 3, Michigan 0

  • Souza strikes out on three pitches, looking at strike three. 1 out.
  • Rowland also went down looking. 2 outs.
  • Wilmsmeyer was hit by a pitch to give Arkansas a two-out base runner.
  • In a full count, Edmunson looks at strike three to end the inning.

B-6th: Arkansas 3, Michigan 0

  • Right-hander Will McEntire is now pitching for Arkansas.
    • Molina’s final line: 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K, 1 HBP, 81 pitches (52 strikes)
  • Pace flied out to right. 1 out.
  • Hrustich flied out to center. 2 outs.
  • McEntire walked Counsell on four pitches. That’s Michigan’s third base runner of the game.
  • Voit flied out to right to end the inning. McEntire threw 20 pitches in the inning.

T-7th: Arkansas 4, Michigan 0

  • The center fielder nearly made a diving catch to rob Diggs, but it popped out of his glove to give Arkansas a leadoff double.
  • McLaughlin followed with a grounder to the right side. The second baseman made a great play to get to it, keeping Diggs at third momentarily, but he threw wildly to first. The E4 scored a run and moved McLaughlin to second.
  • Sprague-Lott laid down a perfect bunt and Michigan couldn’t do anything with it. It’s a single and puts runners on the corners.
  • Lovich went down swinging. 1 out.
  • Aloy nearly had a double down the left field line, but it landed just foul. Instead, he struck out swinging two pitches later. 2 outs.
    • Sprague-Lott stole second without a throw.
  • Souza goes down swinging to leave the runners on second and third.

B-7th: Arkansas 4, Michigan 0

  • Kim put the first pitch in play and hit it right back to McEntire, who fielded it cleanly and tossed to first for an easy out. 1 out.
  • Stanton popped out to third. 2 outs.
  • Caruso breaks up the no-hitter with a double to the right field corner. He was first-pitch swinging.
  • Dernedde also swung at the first pitch, but he grounded out to short to end the inning. That was a classic eight-pitch inning for McEntire.

T-8th: Arkansas 4, Michigan 0

  • The new pitcher for Michigan is right-hander Kurt Barr.
  • In a full count, Rowland drew a walk – his third of the game.
  • Wilmsmeyer followed with a fly out to right. 1 out.
  • Edmunson grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. That’s the third double play turned by Michigan.

B-8th: Arkansas 4, Michigan 1

  • Will Rogers, the Michigan pitcher, stayed in the game at catcher. He led off with a grounder to third that looked like an easy play, but Sprague-Lott’s throw to first was wide and went out of play, putting him on second.
  • Bradley Navarro pinch hit for Pace and singled for an RBI. It’s an unearned run, though.
  • McEntire got Hrustich to hit a grounder to third and Arkansas got the out at second, but wasn’t able to turn two. 1 out.
  • Timbrook hit a grounder up the middle that Aloy was able to field and turn two himself, stepping on the bag and throwing to first to end the inning. McEntire has thrown 35 pitches in three innings.

T-9th: Arkansas 4, Michigan 1

  • Diggs grounded out to second. 1 out.
  • McLaughlin grounded out to second. 2 outs.
  • In a full count, Sprague-Lott flied out to right to end the inning.

B-9th: Arkansas 4, Michigan 3

  • Arkansas turns to right-hander Koty Frank in the ninth.
  • Frank’s first pitch is singled up the middle by Voit. That’s the first hit Frank has allowed all season.
  • Kim hit a grounder to first and McLaughlin fielded it cleanly. He threw to second for a force, but Arkansas couldn’t quite turn two. 1 out.
  • Joe Longo pinch hit for Michigan and struck out on three pitch. He went down looking. 2 outs.
    • Kim took second without a throw, advancing on indifference.
  • Caruso singled through the left side to drive him in.
    • Caruso also took second via indifference.
  • Down to his final strike, Dernedde hit a slow roller to third that looked like it’d end it, but Sprague-Lott’s throw was off line and McLaughlin couldn’t field it. The E5 allows another run to score.
  • Rogers follows with a single to center. The tying run is in scoring position and the winning run is on base.
  • Navarro hit a chopper to second that could have ended the game, but he bobbled it. The E4 loads the bases.
  • Hrustich flies out to right to end the inning and end the game. Arkansas hangs on.

FINAL – Arkansas 4, Michigan 3

Starting Lineups

Michigan BaseballArkansas Baseball
1. Stephen Hrustich – LF1. Will Edmunson – LF
2. Jack Counsell – 2B2. Kendall Diggs – DH
3. Mitch Voit – 1B3. Ben McLaughlin – 1B
4. Jonathan Kim – CF4. Jared Sprague-Lott – 3B
5. Dylan Stanton – DH5. Ross Lovich – RF
6. Cole Caruso – 3B6. Wehiwa Aloy – SS
7. Kyle Dernedde – SS7. Nolan Souza – 2B
8. Brock Leitgeb – C8. Parker Rowland – C
9. Greg Pace Jr. – RF9. Ty Wilmsmeyer – CF
Pitching: RHP Dylan ViguePitching: LHP Mason Molina

How to Watch Arkansas vs Michigan

Date: Sunday, Feb. 25

First pitch: 1 p.m. CT

Location: Globe Life Field (Arlington, Texas)

TV/Stream: FloSports ($)


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