College Station, Texas – The Arkansas Razorbacks had a tough first day at the Dominos Pizza Aggie Classic as the Hogs lost games to New Mexico and Texas A&M.
Arkansas fell to 8-2 overall after the losses. The Razorbacks return to action Saturday at 11 a.m. with a rematch against the New Mexico Lobos. The Hogs will then play Texas A&M in the 7 p.m. nightcap.
In game two today, Texas A&M held off the Razorbacks for a 7-5 victory.
Zach Jackson (3-0) earned the win despite giving up five runs, all earned, on eight hits in five innings of work.
Jay Sawatski (1-1) took the loss after allowing seven runs, all earned, on eight hits in five and two-thirds innings.
Texas A&M plated a run in the bottom of the first when Erik Schindewolf doubled to center and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Cory Patton.
The Aggies made it 2-0 in the first when Coby Mavroulis singled home Cliff Pennington who reached on a single.
Still in the first, John Infante gave the Aggies a 4-0 lead with a two-run home run to center, just beyond the 375-foot sign.
Arkansas got on the board in the top of the second with a two-out RBI single by Devin Day. Brett Hagedorn scored on the play to make it a 4-1 game.
The Razorbacks continued to chip away at the Aggies’ lead in the third inning. Blake Parker doubled with one out and scored on a single to right-center by Haas Pratt.
Texas A&M extended its lead in the bottom of the fourth on Craig Stinson’s two-run home run to left field. Andrew Baldwin singled to open the bottom of the inning and was followed by Stinson’s blast that made it a 6-2 game.
The Razorbacks, however, responded in the fifth when Pratt doubled home Kern Watts and Casey Rowlett with two outs. Watts entered the game to run for Jake Dugger who was hit by a pitch. Rowlett then walked and was followed by Pratt’s double to right-center.
Clay Goodwin then laced a single to left that plated Pratt to make it a 6-5 game. Goodwin was caught in a rundown on the play to end the inning.
The Aggies increased the lead to 7-5 in the bottom of the sixth on Schindewolf’s sacrifice fly to left that scored Stinson.
Sawatski was pulled following the sac fly for Brian McLelland who entered with Austin Boggs at third and two outs. McLelland forced Pennington to ground out to end the inning.
Arkansas put runners in scoring position in the seventh when Day and Watts walked with no outs. Day stole second and Watts advanced on a wild pitch to put runners on second and third.
Rowlett walked to load the bases with no outs. The Aggies got out of the jam, however, as Parker struck out and Pratt grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Texas A&M relief pitcher Jason Meyer worked out of a two on, no outs jam in the eighth with a strikeout and a double play.
Meyer set the Hogs down in order in the ninth to earn his first save and seal the win for the Aggies.
New Mexico 3, Arkansas 1
It was the first loss of the season for Arkansas which fell to 8-1 on the year. New Mexico notched its first win to improve to 1-2-1.
In the first game of the day, Jason Fernandez (1-0) threw a complete game giving up one run on six hits as the New Mexico Lobos beat Arkansas 3-1 in game one of the Dominos Pizza Aggie Classic.
Fernandez threw 104 pitches and held the Hogs to three hits over the final five innings of play.
Boyd Goodner (1-1) took the loss for Arkansas after giving up two runs, earned, on six hits in two innings of work. Ryan Lennerton started for Arkansas and pitched six strong innings allowing one unearned run on three hits.
New Mexico took advantage of an Arkansas error to plate the first run of the game. In the top of the fourth, Matt Young and Ryan Barba each singled to open the inning. Joe Salas then hit into a double play that sent Young to third.
Sean Murray then hit a ground ball to Scott Hode at short. Hode booted the ball allowing Young to score.
Pitching dominated early as the teams played the first five innings in just under an hour.
Lennerton needed just 65 pitches, throwing 47 for strikes, to get through five innings. Lennerton did not allow a base runner until the fourth inning, retiring the first nine batters he faced.
Fernandez was equally effective for the Lobos. After giving up a leadoff single to Jake Dugger in the bottom of the first inning Fernandez retired the next seven batters he faced.
New Mexico’s defense turned a pair of double plays in the early going to prevent any Arkansas scoring threats.
In the bottom of the fifth, Devin Day began the inning with a double down the right field line to give the Hogs just their second man in scoring position in the game.
Day moved to third after a fly ball to center by Dugger for the first out. Casey Rowlett tied the game when his chopper to second base was fielded by Barba who quickly threw home attempting to get Day.
Barba’s throw was high and went to the backstop allowing Day to score and Rowlett to move to second base.
New Mexico was able to end the inning with Rowlett stranded at second with the game tied at 1-1.
Goodner replaced Lennerton in the seventh and gave up a pair of singles to open the inning. Daniel Stoval bunted to advance the runners and wound up with a single to load the bases as his bunt went past the pitcher for a hit.
Goodner got Chris Dabbs to strikeout for the first out of the inning. Goodner got out of the inning when he forced A.J. Spitaleri to hit into a double play.
The Lobos put runners on second and third in the eighth. Young singled and went to second on a single by Barba. On the play, Matt Fry booted the ball in left which allowed the runners to advance a base.
Goodner then intentionally walked Salas to load the bases with one out. Goodner got Murray to strikeout swinging after falling behind 3-1 in the count.
Josh Mader gave New Mexico the lead when he laced Goodner’s first pitch into left field to plate a pair of runs.
The Razorbacks mounted their best scoring threat of the day in the bottom of the eighth when Hode and Dugger singled and Rowlett walked to load the bases with one out.
But, Fernandez got Fry swinging and Haas Pratt to hit into a fielder’s choice putout to end the inning with the Lobos holding a 3-1 lead.
Fernandez set the Hogs down in order in the ninth to preserve the win and give the Razorbacks their first loss of the season.