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Arkansas plays long ball in 5-3 win

03/10/2012
Chad Crunk, Athletic Media Relations
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FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas pitcher DJ Baxendale earned his fifth win of the season, while Jimmy Bosco and Matt Reynolds each homered and drove in two runs to lead the fourth-ranked Razorbacks to a 5-3 win over Binghamton in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Baum Stadium.

The Razorbacks improved to 13-2 on the season, while the Bearcats fell to 0-5 on the year.

A day after hitting four home runs, the Arkansas offense pounded out three more round-trippers, which accounted for all five of Arkansas’ runs in the win. Sam Bates hit his second homer of the weekend and fifth of the season. Bosco belted his second homer of the season, while Reynolds hit his third homer of the year. Bosco and Reynolds each tied for the team high with two RBI. Reynolds added two hits, while Derrick Bleeker and Tim Carver also had two hits each. Carver extended his hitting streak to a career-long 12 games and stretched his consecutive games reaching base streak to 15.

Baxendale earned the win to improve to 5-0 on the season. The junior right hander gave up three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits and struck out three in five innings of work.  Dating back to last season, Baxendale has won seven straight starts.

Brandon Moore was outstanding out of the bullpen, pitching four shutout innings to earn his first save of the season. Moore struck out five and gave up just one hit in his four innings of work.

Binghamton starter Jay Lynch took the loss to drop to 0-2 on the season. Lynch allowed five runs on 10 hits in 4.1 innings.

The Bearcats were led at the plate by Zach Blanden, John Howell and Jake Thomas, who each had two hits. Thomas drove in two runs, while Howell scored a pair of runs.

Binghamton grabbed an early lead, scoring once in the top of the first. With one out, Howell doubled to the right-center field gap and advanced to third on an infield single by Thomas. A fielder’s choice groundout to short by Dave Ciocchi brought home Howell for the game’s first run.

Arkansas answered back in the bottom of the first inning, scoring three times on a pair of homers. Carver led off the inning with a double to right field. A fly out to right by Bosco advanced Carver to third. Reynolds then belted his third home run of the season, a two-run blast off the left field foul pole. Bates followed Reynolds by hitting his second round-tripper of the weekend and fifth of the season, a solo shot off the scoreboard in right-center field.

The Bearcats cut the lead to one with a run in the top of the third. With two out, Howell reached first on an infield single to short and moved to second after a throwing error by David Masters. Thomas then doubled down the right field line to score Howell.

Binghamton tied the game with a run in the top of the fifth. Blanden started the inning with a single to left and Bill Bereszniewicz followed with a walk to put runners at first and second. A sacrifice bunt by Howell advanced the runners to second and third. Thomas drove in the runner from third on a groundout to short to tie the game at three.

Arkansas broke the deadlock with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Carver began the inning by hitting a double down the left field line. Bosco put the Razorbacks in front with a two-run homer over the right field fence, his second homer of the season.

Binghamton was unable to get much going offensively against Moore over the final four innings of the game. The Bearcats got a runner on in the seventh on an infield single and had a runner in the ninth after a fielding error by Bosco in right field. However, Binghamton was unable to push any runs across.

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