Arkansas Blanks Oral Roberts 14-0; Scott Woods
BY ANDRES FOCIL
TULSA, OKLA. – Eight of the nine Arkansas starters had a hit and six of the nine scored as the Razorbacks cruised to a 14-0 victory over the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles Tuesday night.
Arkansas improved to 20-13 on the year, while Oral Roberts dropped to 23-11. The win was the sixth straight over ORU in Tulsa.
The shutout was the second of the season for the Razorbacks. Arkansas also shutout Alabama 10-0 on March 23 in Fayetteville.
Scott Woods pitched a career-best six innings with six strikeouts, also a career best, giving up just four hits and not allowing a walk. Woods improved to 5-0 with win. David Humen took the loss after allowing four runs, all earned, on two hits with two walks. Humen did not record an out as his record dropped to 2-1 on the year.
Arkansas wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard. Kirk McConnell and Nick Pitts each singled to begin the game and Andrew Wishy walked to load the bases with no outs. Ryan Fox then walked to plate McConnell. Oral Roberts made a pitching change, bringing in Layle Devilbiss in relief of David Humen who lasted just four batters.
Michael Conner greeted Devilbiss by taking a 2-1 pitch well over the left field fence for his first career grand slam and his ninth home run of the season. Brady Toops extended the Arkansas lead to 6-0 with a ground out that plated Scott Bridges (single).
The Razorbacks added to their lead in the second inning. McConnell walked, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by the ORU catcher. Nick Pitts then singled off the second baseman’s glove to bring in McConnell. Ryan Fox picked up his second RBI of the day with a single to right that scored Pitts for an 8-0 Razorback lead.
On the mound, Woods was in control through five innings of work. In his second start of the year, Woods recorded career highs in strikeout and innings pitched. Woods allowed just three batters to reach base through five innings.
Arkansas made it a 10-0 game on Scott Bridges’ two-run single up the middle that score Wishy (single) and Fox (single).
The Razorbacks tacked on four more runs in the top of the ninth as McConnell, Cliff Crouse and Cody Clark each had RBI hits in the inning.
Arkansas will host the Pittsburg (Kan.) State Gorillas Wednesday night at 6:30 at Baum Stadium.
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