Baton Rouge, La. – Jay Sawatski’s solid relief performance on the mound put a cork in the LSU offense and helped the Razorbacks earn their first win in Baton Rouge since 1996 with an 11-8 victory over the second-ranked Tigers.
Goodwin then pushed the lead to 6-3 with a single to right field that scored Hamblin from second. Goodwin’s RBI single chased Meier from the game after only and an inning and a third of work.
Jordan Faircloth relieved Meier and, before throwing a pitch, threw wild to first attempting to pickoff Goodwin allowing him to advance to third base.
Hode picked up his second RBI of the game with a double to left-center that scored Goodwin and gave the Razorbacks a 7-3 lead. After Pratt struck out, Toops lined a double off the wall in right to score Hode and give the Hogs an 8-3 advantage.
The Razorbacks added another run in the top of the third when Goodwin singled deep to second base and Hamblin aggressively rounded third and scored to make it a 9-3 game. Hamblin reached on a single and moved to second on a delayed steal.
With two outs in the bottom of the third inning Jon Zeringue smacked a two-run home run over the wall in left to make it a 9-5 game. The blast came with Stavinoha aboard after he doubled with one out in the inning.
The home run chased Brannon from the game. Stallings came in and walked Will Harris on five pitches. Gill then cut the lead to two with a two-run home run to right. It was the second home run of the inning for the Tigers and fourth run of the inning. Stallings then walked Matt Horwath.
Still in the bottom of the third, J.C. Holt singled up the middle to move Horwath to third. Holt’s single chased Stallings from the game. The Hogs brought Sawatski in to end the rally.
Sawatski promptly fanned Ryan Patterson to end the inning with the Razorbacks holding a 9-7 lead.
Pratt pushed the Arkansas lead to 10-7 with a solo home run to left to open the fourth inning. It was Pratt’s third home run of the season and first since Feb. 22, against St. John’s.
After entering the game in the third inning, Sawatski kept the Tigers off the scoreboard. The Razorbacks turned inning-ending double plays in the sixth and seventh to prevent LSU from mounting a rally.
After Sawatski set the Tigers down in order to end the eighth inning, Casey Rowlett gave the Hogs an insurance run with a solo home run to center that gave Arkansas an 11-7 lead.
The Tigers closed the gap in the ninth after a pair of singles opened the bottom half of the inning. Stavinoha’s sac fly to right plated Patterson from third to make it an 11-8 game.
Sawatski then got Clay Harris to pop out to right for the second out of the inning. The Hogs sealed the game when Zeringue flied out to right for the final out.
Arkansas and No. 2 LSU continue the series Saturday at 2 p.m. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Net South and is the SEC-TV game of the week.