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Arkansas Claims First-Ever Series Win In Baton

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas Claims First-Ever Series Win In Baton

Baton Rouge, La. – The Arkansas Razorbacks earned their first-ever series win in Baton Rouge with an 11-10 victory in 10 innings over second-ranked LSU Saturday afternoon.

The win upped the Razorbacks’ record to 22-11 overall and 7-4 in the Southeastern Conference. LSU dropped to 24-8 overall and 6-5 in the SEC.
Caton Hall (3-0) earned the win after pitching three innings of relief. Hall allowed one run, earned, on four hits with three walks and one strikeout.
Jay Sawatski earned his second save after recording the final out of the game and leaving the tying run stranded at third base.
Jason Determann (2-2) took the loss after allowing three runs, one earned, on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts in five and one-third innings of relief work.
Clay Dirks started for LSU but was lifted after four innings of work. Dirks gave up six runs, five earned, on seven hits with three strikeouts.
After the Razorbacks jumped out to an early lead in the first inning Friday, LSU returned the favor in the first inning Saturday.
J.C. Holt singled to open the game and moved to second when Casey Rowlett booted the ball in center. A single by Ivan Naccarata put runners on the corners with no outs.
Boyce got Blake Gill to pop up to left for the first out of the inning. Matt Liuzza then blasted a three-run home run over the wall in left to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead.
Arkansas got on the board in the top of the second on Day’s two-out single through the left side that scored Haas Pratt from second base. Pratt doubled to open the second inning.
LSU increased its lead in the bottom of the second inning. With two outs, Naccarata doubled and moved to third on an infield single by Blake Gill. Boyce threw to first attempting to pickoff Gill, but his throw was wild which allowed Nacarata to score and give the Tigers a 4-1 lead.
Jake Dugger made it a 4-2 game with a solo home run to center with one out in the fourth inning. It was Dugger’s third home run of the season and the third of the series for the Razorbacks.
LSU chased Arkansas starter Charley Boyce in the bottom of the fourth after a pair of walks and a single loaded the bases with one out. Boyd Goodner relieved Boyce and fanned Matt Liuzza looking for the second out of the inning.
Goodner ended the inning without a run crossing the plate when he got Stavinoha to ground into a fielder’s choice.
The Razorbacks took the lead in the fifth on a three-run home run to left by Danny Hamblin. Brady Toops was hit by a pitch to open the inning and moved to second when Rowlett’s ground ball was booted by Gill at second.
On a 1-2 pitch, Hamblin took Dirks over the wall in left for his fifth home run of the season. It was the second Arkansas home run of the day and the fourth of the series.
Still in the fifth, Dugger plated his second run of the day with a single through the left side that scored Clay Goodwin from second and pushed the lead to 6-4.
A two-out error by LSU in the sixth cost the Tigers two more run. Goodwin’s ground ball was mishandled by Gill at second allowing him to reach safely. On a 0-1 pitch, Hode unloaded on Determann’s offering and drove the ball deep in the stands in left field to give the Hogs an 8-4 lead.
Daryl Maday was brought in to open the bottom of the sixth inning. LSU quickly put runners in scoring position in the sixth. With no outs, Naccarata singled and moved to third on a double by Gill. Liuzza then singled up the middle to score both runners and cut the Arkansas lead to 8-6.
Stavinoha then flied to right for the first out of the inning. Maday got out of the inning when Clay Harris hit into an inning-ending double play.
After Maday walked Jon Zeringue to open the bottom of the seventh, Hall was brought in to prevent an LSU rally.
Ryan Patterson singled to put runners at first and second. Derek Hebert then put down a sac bunt to move the runners to second and third with one out.
Holt then singled to plate Zeringue. Patterson rounded third but was thrown out by Blake Parker attempting to score to maintain the Arkansas lead. Naccarata then flied out to center to end the inning with the Hogs holding an 8-7 lead.
After allowing a one-out walk in the bottom of the eighth, Hall got Stavinoha to strikeout and Toops threw pinch-runner Matt Horwath out at second attempting to steal to end the inning.
In the ninth, a pair of walks and a single loaded the bases with one out. Holt singled to right to score pinch-runner Justin Meier and tie the game. Patterson attempted to score from second on the play, but was thrown out at home by Parker for the second time in the game.
Hall got a pop out to short by Naccarata to end the inning and send the game into the 10th.
In the top of the 10th, three walks loaded the bases with one out for the Razorbacks. With pinch-runner Scott Bridges at third, Rowlett at second and Hamblin at first, Goodwin stepped to the plate.
Goodwin delivered a ground ball that went under the glove of Hebert at short to allow Bridges and Rowlett to score. It was the third LSU error of the game and it gave the Hogs a 10-8 lead.
Hode then singled through the left side to push the Arkansas lead to 11-8 before LSU was able to end the inning.
Trey Holloway started the bottom of the 10th on the mound and quickly got two outs before walking Stavinoha. Will Harris then reached on a throwing error by Goodwin that put runners at second and third.
Zeringue then singled to right to score one run. Parker let the ball get past him in right which allowed another run to score to make it an 11-10 game. Zeringue advanced to third on the error by Parker.
Sawatski relieved Holloway and intentionally walked Patterson before striking out Hebert to end the game.
Arkansas and LSU conclude the series Sunday at 1 p.m. Justin White is slated to take the mound for Arkansas in the finale.



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