Arkansas Blasts SMS 10-1; Ryan Fox Hits Grand
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas Razorbacks put up seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to cruise to a 10-1 victory over the Southwest Missouri State Bears Tuesday night at Baum Stadium.
The Razorbacks improved to 7-3 overall, while SMS dropped to 2-2. Arkansas reliever Scott Woods (2-0) earned his second win of the season after throwing two innings of no-hit ball.
SMS starter Brad Ziegler, who earned the victory in the first meeting between the two teams, took the loss after allowing two runs on six hits in five and one-third innings of work. Ziegler’s record fell to 1-1.
SMS took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third on Rick Wilson’s solo home run to left field. Arkansas evened the game in the fourth on catcher Cody Clark’s solo shot over the left field fence. The home run was the first of the season and second career homer for Clark.
The Razorbacks took command of the game in the bottom of the sixth. Brett Hagedorn began the inning by reaching on an error. Luke Weatherford pinch-ran for Hagedorn and moved to second on Clark’s sacrifice bunt.
Scott Bridges then singled to center to plate Weatherford for a 2-1 lead. Kirk McConnell walked and Jeff Fletcher drew an intentional walk to load the bases with one out. Nick Pitts hit an infield single to score Bridges for a 3-1 Razorback lead.
Ryan Fox then took relief pitcher Derek Eddie’s offering over the left field wall for his third home run of the year. The grand slam was the first for Fox and his third home run of the season and gave the Hogs a 7-1 lead.
Michael Conner made it back-to-back shots as he hit a solo blast to left for an 8-1 lead. It marked the third time this season the Razorbacks have hit back-to-back home runs.
The Razorbacks added two more runs in the eighth. Conner drove in Fox with a single to left and later scored on a ground out by Weatherford for the final 10-1 margin.
Arkansas starter Gary Hogan, Jr., pitched five innings allowing one run on four hits with two strikeouts. Charlie Isaacson and Jarrett Gardner each pitched an inning of one-hit ball in relief.
The Razorbacks have won three straight and will now face McNeese State in a three-game series this weekend at Baum Stadium. First pitch on Friday is set for 1 p.m.
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