Arkansas Pounds Kansas State 12-4; Pitts, Hode
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Nick Pitts, Scott Hode and Clay Goodwin had three hits apiece as the Arkansas Razorbacks avenged a Friday night loss to Kansas State with a 12-4 victory Sunday afternoon at Baum Stadium.
Arkansas improved to 11-1 with the loss, while the Wildcats dropped to 6-3 on the year. Arkansas racked up a season-high 17 hits in the victory and got home runs from Haas Pratt (third) and Brady Toops (second).
Razorback starter Charley Boyce moved to 3-0 after pitching six and two-third innings. Boyce gave up two runs, both earned, on seven hits while striking out two.
Kevin Melcher took the loss to fall to 0-1. Melcher allowed five runs, all earned, on eight hits in three and one-third innings of work.
Arkansas tallied the first run of the game when Andrew Wishy singled home Chris Williams (single) in the bottom of the first inning.
Kansas State tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the second inning when Ty Soto launched a solo home run off Boyce.
The Razorbacks took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Ryan Fox doubled to begin the inning and came in to score on Scott Hode’s single through the left side of the infield.
Pratt gave the Hogs a 3-1 lead in third inning with his third home run of the season. Pratt’s solo shot was his second in as many games.
The Hogs added to their lead in the fourth inning. Toops singled and moved to third on a single by Brett Hagedorn. Hagedorn moved to second on the play to put runners on second and third with no outs.
Hode then hit a slow chopper up the middle that went under the shortstop’s glove allowing Toops and Hagedorn to score and give the Razorbacks a 5-1 lead.
Arkansas made it a 7-1 game with a pair of runs in the sixth inning. With the bases loaded, Wishy grounded into a fielder’s choice that plated Hode (single).
Nick Pitts then singled up the middle to score Chris Williams (walk) and give the Hogs a six run advantage.
After the Wildcats scored a single run in the seventh and eighth innings, Arkansas broke the game open in the bottom of the eighth inning. Goodwin singled and moved to second when Wishy walked. Pitts then tripled off the wall in center to plate both runners. Fox singled to bring home Pitts and give the Hogs a 10-3 lead.
Toops then ripped his second home run of the season over the wall in right field to push the lead to 12-3. Kansas State added a run in the top of the ninth for the final 12-4 margin.
The teams will close the series with a double-header Monday beginning at 1 p.m. Both games will be nine innings.
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