Fayetteville, Ark. – The Arkansas Razorbacks pounded out 15 runs on 19 hits to complete a series sweep of the Centenary Gents with a 15-3 victory Wednesday afternoon.Arkansas improved to 14-6 overall, while Centenary dropped to 7-11 with the loss.
Daryl Maday (3-0) earned the win after throwing four innings of shutout ball. Maday allowed just two hits in notching his third win of the season.
Kevin Cassidy (2-3) took the loss after giving up six runs, all earned, on 10 hits in six innings of work. Cassidy also walked one and struck out four.
Brady Toops had a career day going 4-for-5 with five RBI and four runs scored. Toops was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Danny Hamblin had one of his most productive days as a Razorback, going 4-for-5 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored.
Arkansas jumped on the scoreboard in the second inning on Devin Day’s two-run home run to left field. It was Day’s first home run of the season and it came with Toops aboard.
Centenary mounted its best scoring threat on Maday in the fourth inning. A single and two hit-by-pitches loaded the bases with one out. Maday got Jared Vincent to pop up to first for the second out and then got Jordan Standefer to fly out to right to end the inning without a runner crossing the plate.
Toops made it a 3-0 game with a solo home run to left in the bottom of the fourth inning. It was Toops’ first home run of the season.
Haas Pratt pushed the lead to 4-0 with a sacrifice fly to left in the fifth inning that scored Casey Rowlett from third.
The Razorbacks broke the game open in the sixth inning when Kern Watts singled home Day and Bridges for a 6-0 lead.
Toops picked up two more RBI with a double to left-center in the seventh inning. Hamblin and Parker each scored on the play to push the lead to 8-0. Day brought Toops home with a sac fly to right that gave the Hogs a 9-0 advantage.
Centenary ended the shutout bid when David Kiefer doubled home Jacob Willett and Alex Kennedy in the top of the eighth inning. Jared Vincent then singled home Kiefer to make it a 9-3 game.
The Razorbacks answered the Gents’ runs in the bottom half of the inning. Dugger doubled home Rowlett for a 10-3 lead and later scored on a single to left by Hamblin for an 11-3 lead.
Still in the eighth, Toops doubled to center with the bases loaded to increase the Arkansas lead to 13-3. Day then followed with a single to shallow left for a 14-3 lead. A ground ball double play by Bridges plated the sixth run of the inning and gave the Hogs a 15-3 final score.
Arkansas now travels to Gainesville to take on the 12th-ranked Florida Gators. Game one of the series begins Friday at 5:30 p.m. CT.