Arkansas Rallies In Ninth Inning To Beat Bronc
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Arkansas Razorbacks plated two runs to come away with a 4-3 victory and notch their 10th consecutive victory of the season.
Arkansas (10-0) recorded its second ninth inning rally in the last six games. The Razorbacks beat Memphis with two runs in the top of the ninth on Feb. 23, at the Service Academy Classic.
Against Western Michigan, Chris Williams doubled to right to begin the ninth inning and scored on Clay Goodwin’s double to left field to tie the game at 3-3. Brady Toops was then hit by a pitch and Scott Bridges was sent in to run for Goodwin at second.
With two on and no outs, Scott Hode put down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners. But, WMU pitcher Zach Straayer misfired his throw to third in an attempt to get Bridges. The ball sailed into left field allowing Bridges to score the winning run and keep the Razorbacks undefeated in 2003.
Caton Hall (1-0) earned his first victory of the season after throwing two and one-third innings of relief. Hall allowed two runs, both earned, on two hits and struck out four.
Straayer (0-1) took the loss after giving up two runs, one earned, on two hits without recording an out in the ninth. Western Michigan dropped to 0-5 with the loss.
Arkansas took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning on Ryan Fox’s third home run of the season. Fox took a 1-2 pitch over the wall in straight away centerfield to give the Hogs the early lead.
The Broncos tied the score in the top of the sixth when Tom Fabrizio knocked in Mark Abro with a ground out to short.
The Razorbacks took a 2-1 lead in the seventh on Kirk McConnell’s sacrifice fly to right that plated Goodwin (single).
WMU took a 3-2 lead with a pair of runs in the eighth inning. Adam Rosales doubled home Abro to tie the game at 2-2. Chad Tarpley brought Rosales home with a sacrifice fly to left to give the Broncos the lead and set up the Hogs’ ninth-inning heroics.
Arkansas will now travel to Manhatten to take on Kansas State. Game one of the series is set for 6 p.m. Friday.
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