FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas pounded out 12 hits while holding the Cowboys to four en route to a 7-2 victory over McNeese State Wednesday afternoon at Baum Stadium.
Arkansas improved to 8-0 on the year, while McNeese State dropped to 4-7.
Freshman Robby Daniel (1-0) earned the win in his first career start and appearance. Daniel pitched three innings surrendering just one hit with a pair of walks and one strikeout.
Walt Nolen (0-1) took the loss after giving up six runs, four earned, on seven hits in three innings of work. Nolen walked four and had three strikeouts.
Blake Parker, Scott Hode and Devin Day each drove in a pair of runs for the Razorbacks.
Arkansas used six pitchers including Daniel. James Gilbert relieved Danield in the fourth and pitched two innings allowing just one hit with two strikeouts. Joe Skinner pitched the sixth inning and did not allow a hit.
Boyd Goodner allowed one run, unearned, on one hit in the seventh, while Trey Holloway allowed one unearned run in the eighth. Matt Stallings pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out two of the three batters he faced.
The Razorbacks plated a pair of runs in the first inning. Jake Dugger reached and advanced to second on an error by the first baseman.
Matt Fry and Clay Goodwin each walked to load the bases for Parker who promptly singled through the right side for a 2-0 Razorback lead.
The Razorbacks plated three more runs in the third. Hode drove home Haas Pratt with a single to center for a 3-0 lead. Day then singled to right to score Parker and Pratt for a 5-0 lead.
Still in the third, Dugger pushed the lead to 6-0 with a single to right that scored Day from second base.
The Razorbacks made it a 7-0 game on an RBI double by Hode that plated Brett Hagedorn who reached on a single to center.
McNeese state scratched out a run in the seventh and eighth innings, but never threatened with a serious rally.
The Razorbacks now head to College Station, Texas, for the Dominos Pizza Aggie Classic. Arkansas will play six games in three days, playing New Mexico and Texas A&M three times apiece. Game one of the tournament begins Friday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m. with the Hogs playing New Mexico.