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Arkansas Nips Southwest Missouri State 5-4

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas Nips Southwest Missouri State 5-4

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Andrew Wishy’s RBI single with two outs in the sixth inning gave the Arkansas Razorbacks a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over Southwest Missouri State Tuesday night at Baum Stadium.

The Razorbacks snapped a three-game losing skid with the victory and improved to 19-5 overall. SMS dropped to 13-7 with the loss.
Scott Roehl (3-1) pitched two and one-third innings of relief allowing only one hit and striking out three to earn the victory. Caton Hall notched his second save of the season after throwing the final two innings and surrendering only three hits with three strikeouts.
Ryan Brunk (0-1) gave up three runs, all earned, on three hits in relief of starter Jeff Gray in taking the loss. Gray went five innings allowing five hits and two runs, both earned.
SMS took a 2-0 lead with two outs in the top of the first inning when Tony Piazza took Arkansas starter Jon Richmond’s delivery over the right field wall with Greg Mathis aboard.
Arkansas missed a scoring opportunity in the bottom of the second. Clay Goodwin tripled to right with one out. The Razorbacks were unable to bring Goodwin home as Ryan Fox struck out and Brett Hagedorn flied to center for the third out of the inning.
After surrendering the home run in the first inning, Richmond settled into a groove and retired nine straight batters from the second to fourth inning.
The Razorbacks tied the game with a pair of two-out runs in the bottom of the fourth. Goodwin singled and moved to second when Fox walked. Brady Toops grounded out to second to move the runners to second and third. Freshman Chris Williams then singled up the middle to plate both runners and tie the game.
Greg Mathis gave the Bears a 4-2 lead with a two-out double in the fifth that plated Dant’e Brinkley and Brooks Colvin. The double chased Richmond from the game. The Razorbacks then brought in Roehl with two outs and a runner on second. Roehl then got Piazza swinging to end the inning.
Toops singled to open the bottom of the sixth inning and moved to third after a throwing error by the pitcher on a failed pickoff attempt. Hagedorn then singled to center to plate Toops and cut the deficit to 4-3.
The Razorbacks then got a single from Williams and a fielder’s choice from Nick Pitts to load the bases with no outs. Scott Bridges then hit into a 4-6-3 double-play that plated Hagedorn for the tying run.
Following a walk to Haas Pratt, Wishy singled through the right side to plate Williams and give the Hogs a 5-4 lead.
Roehl and Hall combined to shut SMS down over the final three innings to preserve the victory.
Arkansas travels to Kentucky this weekend to take on the Wildcats. Game one of the series begins Friday at 5 p.m.



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