Arkansas Razorbacks starting pitcher Caleb Bolden had a forgettable start against SE Missouri on Thursday afternoon.
The former Pleasant Grove Hawks pitcher went 0.1 inning with a hit, two walks, and three runs through 27 pitches in the first inning of the Hogs’ 6-5 win.
Although it wasn’t what the Razorbacks were looking for out of their starter, coach Dave Van Horn had safeguards in place.
“He threw 50-something pitches the other day,” Van Horn said. “He wanted the ball. I’m not going to say he talked us into it. He was excited to get it and we were, like, hey, you kind of gave us a relief effort the other day.”
SE Missouri was starting their top pitcher, Dylan Dodd, who went 6.0 innings against the Razorbacks with 127 pitches. Dodd was coming off of short rest, the same as Bolden.
“Their starter threw 93 pitches last week,” said Van Horn. “So, we just felt like it would be a really good matchup. We weren’t expecting him to give us more than four. It just didn’t work out. He didn’t have command of much of anything.”
Coming into Thursday’s game, Bolden had 4.1 innings pitched with seven strikeouts through three games.
Arkansas plays SE Missouri Friday at 3:00 p.m. at Baum-Walker Stadium.