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No. 4 Arkansas improves to 5-0 with 6-2 win

02/22/2012
Chad Crunk, Athletic Media Relations
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FAYETTEVILLE – Matt Reynolds went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, while seven Razorback pitchers combined to allow just two runs as No. 4 Arkansas defeated Northwestern State 6-2 on Wednesday afternoon at Baum Stadium.

Arkansas improves to 5-0 on the season, while Northwestern State is now 1-2 on the year.

Reynolds continued his hot start to the 2012 season on Wednesday, recording his fourth multi-hit game of the season, going 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season, two RBI and two runs scored. For the season, Reynolds is hitting .625 (10-for-16) with five RBI and eight runs scored.

Bo Bigham also recorded his first home run of the season in the victory, while Jimmy Bosco, Tim Carver and Dominic Ficociello each added a RBI.

Nick Hinojos and Todd Wallace each had a hit and a RBI to lead Northwestern State at the plate.

Mark Reyes earned his first collegiate win, throwing an inning of relief and allowing a run on two hits with two strikeouts.

Chris Oliver, Ty Wright, Colby Suggs, Michael Gunn and Nolan Sanburn also pitched well out of the Razorback bullpen.

Arkansas starter Greg Milhorn made the first appearance of his collegiate career and pitched well, finishing with three shutout innings and giving up just one hit.

Northwestern State starter Andrew Adams took the loss, allowing four runs on four hits in four innings of action.

For the second straight game, Northwestern State struck first, scoring a run in the top of the fourth. With one out, Nick Doughty tripled off the right-center field wall and came in to score on a single to center by Hinojos.

Arkansas quickly erased the deficit in the bottom of the fourth, tallying four runs to take its first lead of the game. Bigham led off the inning with his first home run of the season, a line drive over the left field wall. Jacob Mahan then chopped a single over the first baseman’s head and into right field. A wild pitch moved Mahan to second and he came around to score on a single to left field by Ficociello. Reynolds then hit the second home run of the inning, his first of the season, over the left field wall to put Arkansas in front 4-1.

Northwestern State cut into the lead in the top of the sixth, scoring a run on Wallace’s lead off home run to left field to trim the lead to 4-2.

The Razorbacks regained a three-run lead in the bottom of the seventh inning. Joe Serrano led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jacob Morris. A fly out to deep center field by Sam Bates advanced Serrano to third and he came in to score on a double to left-center field by Carver.

Northwestern State looked like they would cut into the lead in the top of the eighth after the first two runners reached to start the inning. However, solid relief work by Suggs and Gunn got the Razorbacks out of the inning without any damage. Suggs induced a groundout to short and to the mound for the first two outs and Gunn struck out pinch hitter Ryan Westbrook to end the inning.

Arkansas added another insurance run in the bottom of the eighth. With two out, Reynolds doubled down the left field line and crossed home plate after Bosco’s single into right field.

Sanburn closed the door on Northwestern State in the ninth, throwing a perfect inning with a strikeout.

Arkansas is back in action this weekend as it hosts Valparaiso in a three-game series. Game times are set for 3:05 p.m. on Friday and 1:05 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Single-game tickets for all three games this weekend are $10 for reserved seats.

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