Arkansas Beats McNeese State 5-2; Isaacson Ear
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas starter Charlie Isaacson pitched seven innings of three-hit ball to earn his first victory of the season as the Razorbacks downed McNeese State 5-2 Friday afternoon at Baum Stadium.
After surrendering two hits in the first two innings, Isaacson (1-2) retired 12 consecutive batters before allowing another hitter to reach base. Isaacson struck out four and did not allow a walk in the win.
Offensively, Ryan Fox and Michael Conner hit back-to-back home runs for the second consecutive game. It marked the fourth home runs of the season for both Fox and Conner. The Razorbacks have now hit back-to-back home runs four times this season.
Arkansas put up a run in the bottom of the first inning on Fox’s sacrifice fly that plated Jeff Fletcher. The Razorbacks made it a 2-0 game in the second inning on Scott Bridges’ RBI single up the middle that scored Clay Goodwin.
Fox and Conner then led off the third inning with solo blasts to give the Razorbacks a 4-0 lead. Arkansas added another run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Cliff Crouse singled up the middle to score Nick Pitts for a 5-0 advantage.
The Cowboys scratched out a run in the top of the seventh. Tim Lemke doubled to right field and moved to third on a wild pitch. Jesse Cassard grounded out to second to plate Lemke and cut the deficit to 5-1.
McNeese State made it a 5-2 game in the eighth inning when Dooley Prince singled home Josh Fontenot.
Arkansas relievers Scott Woods and Kyler Pomeroy worked the eighth inning to prevent a rally and preserve the Razorback lead.
Jarrett Gardner pitched the ninth inning allowing two hits before forcing the Cowboys to ground into a double-play to end the game to earn his third save of the season.
The Razorbacks improved to 8-3 overall while McNeese State dropped to 7-5. Laine McKeller took the loss for McNeese State after allowing three earned runs on six hits in two innings of work. McKeller’s record fell to 2-2 with the loss.
The Razorbacks and Cowboys continue their series Saturday with game time slated for 1 p.m. at Baum Stadium.
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