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Arkansas Rolls Over Louisiana Tech 22-2; Teams

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas Rolls Over Louisiana Tech 22-2; Teams

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas Razorbacks pounded out 19 hits and took advantage of seven Louisiana Tech errors to cruise to a 22-2 victory Saturday afternoon at Baum Stadium.
Charley Boyce (1-0) earned the win after pitching the first five innings of the game. Boyce allowed one run, earned, on three hits with two strikeouts in his first start of the year.
Mitch Tucker (0-1) took the loss after giving up eight runs, three earned, on five hits and four walks in three inning of work.
Offensively, Devin Day had four hits and three RBI for the Razorbacks while Casey Rowlett added three hits. Brett Hagedorn also drove in three runs with a double.
After Friday’s pitcher’s duel saw only two runs cross the plate, the Razorbacks scored in the first six innings of the game to build a 19-1 lead heading into the seventh inning.
Arkansas jumped on the board in the bottom of the first inning when Rowlett tripled and crossed the plate on Matt Fry’s sacrifice fly to left.

Arkansas plated a pair of runs in the second inning as the Hogs took advantage of a pair of Louisiana Tech errors. Haas Pratt reached on a throwing error by shortstop Randall Lilley and moved to third on a single by Clay Goodwin. Goodwin moved to second on the throw to third to give the Razorbacks two on in scoring position with no outs.
Scott Hode brought Pratt in with a sacrifice fly to right for a 2-0 lead. Then, with two outs, the Bulldogs’ second baseman Brandon Haygood, dropped a short pop up to allow Goodwin to score and push the lead to 3-0.
The Razorbacks added to their lead in the third inning. Rowlett began the inning with a double. Fry and Pratt walked to load the bases with one out. Rowlett scored when Goodwin hit a fielder’s choice to the first baseman who fielded the ball and threw home. The catcher dropped the ball allowing Rowlett to score for a 4-0 lead.
Danny Hamblin walked with the bases loaded to force in Fry for a 5-0 Arkansas lead. Day then doubled up the middle to plate Goodwin and Hamblin and push the lead to 7-0 at the end of three innings.
Louisiana Tech scratched out a run in the fourth when Boyce hit Haygood who then stole second base. Ben Tabor brought Haygood home with a single to make it a 7-1 game.
A single by Rowlett and Blake Parker and a walk to Fry loaded the bases with one out in the fourth. Pratt then hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Rowlett for an 8-1 lead.
Goodwin walked to load the bases for Hamblin who laced a single to left to score Parker. The leftfielder ran past the ball allowing it to roll to the wall and score Goodwin and Fry for an 11-1 advantage. Hode brought Hamblin home with a sacrifice fly for the final run of the inning and a 12-1 lead for the Hogs.
In the fifith, Jake Dugger doubled to right and scored on a throwing error by the Bulldogs’ second baseman. Goodwin drove in the second run of the inning with a sacrifice fly that plated Parker who reached on an error.
Leading 14-1 after four innings the Razorbacks put up five more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Louisiana Tech committed two errors while Day, Stephen Robison, Parker, Bubbs Merrill and Hagedorn each had hits in the inning as Arkansas took a commanding 19-1 lead.
The Razorbacks would add three more runs in the eighth before Tech scratched out a run on a pair of doubles in the ninth for the final 22-2 score.
The teams conclude their series Sunday with a 1:05 p.m. game at Baum Stadium. Clint Brannon (0-0) is slated to take the mound for the Razorbacks.




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