Fayetteville, Ark. – The Arkansas Razorbacks took advantage of three Wichita State errors in the sixth inning break open a tied game and cruise to a 10-4 victory over the 10th-ranked Shockers Tuesday night at chilly Baum Stadium.Arkansas improved to 18-9 overall, while Wichita State dropped to 12-3 on the season. The win snapped Wichita State’s three-game winning streak over the Razorbacks.
Matt Stallings (2-0) earned the victory for Arkansas after pitching four innings in relief. Stallings surrendered only three hits and fanned five in notching his second win of the season.
Kyle Banick (1-1) took the loss after giving up six runs, one earned, on three hits in three innings of relief work.
The Shockers got on the board in the first inning after a pair of walks and an RBI double by Logan Sorensen. Drew Moffitt then singled to center to plate two more runs to give Wichita State a 3-0 lead with no outs.
Arkansas starter Daryl Maday was pulled for Boyd Goodner who promptly set the Shockers down to end the inning. Maday failed to record an out in the first inning and gave up three runs, all earned, on two hits with two walks.
Arkansas cut into the Wichita State lead in the bottom second when Scott Hode singled home Haas Pratt from third. Brady Toops then scored on the back end of a double steal to make it a 3-2 game.
The Razorbacks took the lead in the third when Danny Hamblin blasted a two-run home run over the left field wall. It was Hamblin’s second home run of the season.
The Shockers tied the game in the top of the fourth when Derek Schermerhorn doubled home Brandon Green with two outs.
The Razorbacks put a runner in scoring position in the sixth when Toops walked and moved to third after a throwing error by Schermerhorn on a sac bunt by Hode. A wild pitch moved Hode to second, still with no outs in the inning.
Casey Rowlett gave the Hogs the lead with a ground ball in the hole at short that plated Toops from third. Scott Bridges extended the lead to 6-4 when Sorensen fielded his ground ball but threw wild to second attempting to turn a double play.
Still in the sixth, Jake Dugger made it 7-4 with a ground out to second that scored Rowlett and moved Bridges to third. The third Wichita State error of the inning gave Arkansas another run. Second baseman Shawn Smarsh overran Hamblin’s ground ball allowing Bridges to score and give the Hogs an 8-4 lead.
Clay Goodwin made it a 10-4 game with a two-run home run over the right field wall. Goodwin’s dinger made it six runs that crossed the plate in the sixth inning.
Jay Sawatski pitched the ninth inning surrendering only a pair of walks before closing the book on Wichita State.
Goodner had a solid relief stint, going four innings and allowing one run, earned, on two hits with a pair of strikeouts.
Arkansas returns to action Friday at 6:35 p.m. when it hosts the Crimson Tide of Alabama in the first of a three-game series.