Arkansas Completes Sweep of No. 12 Ole Miss Wi
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. – Arkansas’ Josh Glynn allowed one run in seven innings of relief as the Razorbacks earned a series sweep of the 12th-ranked Ole Miss Rebels with an 10-8 victory Sunday afternoon.
The Razorbacks improved to 28-21 overall and 11-13 in the Southeastern Conference, while the Rebels dropped to 35-16 overall and 14-13 in the conference. With the win Arkansas is assured of finishing with a winning record this season. The win also marked the first SEC road series sweep for Arkansas since taking three from the Florida Gators in Gainesville in 1999.
Glynn went seven and one-third innings to earn the win to move to 2-0 on the year. Glynn fanned four and retired 10 straight at one point before being relieved by Josh Merryman.
J.R. Pickens took the loss for Ole Miss, falling to 7-3. Pickens allowed four runs on 10 hits in six innings of work. Pickens walked two and struck out four in the loss.
Ole Miss put up three runs in the first inning off starter Layne Berry. The Rebels took advantage of two walks and two hit batters in taking a 3-0 lead. Josh Christian plated a run on a bases loaded walk, then Dustin Cliburn brought in another run with a single through the left side for a 2-0 lead. Seth Smith drove in the final run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to center. Berry was lifted for Josh Glynn who forced Clint Farrar to ground out to end the inning.
The Razorbacks tied the game in the top of the second inning. Ryan Fox, Andrew Wishy and Cody Clark each singled to load the bases with no outs. Scott Hode then singled to right to score Fox and Wishy and pull the Hogs within one a 3-2. Kirk McConnell tied the game with a sacrifice fly to left that scored Clark.
Arkansas missed a chance to take the lead in the fourth inning when Hode (double) was thrown out at home on a single to right by McConnell.
The Razorbacks jumped on top of the Rebels in the seventh inning touching up relief pitcher AdamYates for three runs. Scott Bridges and Michael Conner each singled and were sacrificed over on a bunt by Nick Pitts. Fox was intentionally walked to load the bases. Wishy then slapped a single through the right side to score Bridges and Conner for a 5-3 Razorback lead.
Clark plated Fox with another slap single through the right side to give the Hogs a 6-3 lead. Clay Goodwin brought in Wishy with another slap single to the right side to make it a 7-3 game.
Hode then hit a bloop single to shallow right to load the bases for McConnell. Clark came in to score on McConnell’s sacrifice fly to left to push the lead to 8-5.
Ole Miss answered in the bottom of the seventh with three straight singles to begin the inning. Burney Hutchinson’s single to right scored Chad Sterbens (single) and moved Jonathan Swearingen (single) to second. Glynn was replaced by Josh Merryman with two on and no outs. Merryman then got Drew Rogers to strikeout swinging for the first out and Josh Christian to fly out to center for the second out.
After a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third, Merryman got Bryce Morrison to pop out to second to end the inning and preserve the Arkansas lead at 8-4.
Merryman continued his strong relief outing by retiring the Rebels on three pitches in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Jeff Fletcher added a pair of insurance runs with a two-run home run in the top of the ninth. Fletcher took a 2-0 pitch from Nathan Lyons over the left field fence with Goodwin (single) aboard to give the Hogs a 10-4 lead.
The Rebels put up two runs in the bottom of the ninth on Hutchinson’s two-run bomb over the right field fence with Sterbens (single) aboard to make it a 10-6 game. Following a single by Rogers, Kyler Pomeroy was brought in to relieve Merryman. Pomeroy gave up a pair of runs on a single to Seth Smith to make it a 10-8 game before recording the final two outs to end the game and preserve the series sweep.
Arkansas returns to action Tuesday, May 14, against Southeast Missouri State. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Baum Stadium.
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