Arkansas Shutsout Tide 10-0; Hogan Throws Comp
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Gary Hogan, Jr., pitched a complete-game shutout and struck out a career-best eight batters as the Razorbacks snapped a 13-game losing streak to the Alabama Crimson Tide with a 10-0 victory Saturday afternoon at Baum Stadium.
Hogan recorded the first complete game of his career and the first shutout of the Crimson Tide in 100 games. The shutout was also the first for the Razorbacks over a Southeastern Conference opponent since a 10-0 win over Auburn in 1994, a span of 220 conference games. It was also the first shutout of the season for the Hogs and the first since a 10-0 win over Oral Roberts on May 1, 2001.
The complete game was the first for the Razorbacks since Charlie Isaacson threw a complete game against LSU on May 4, 2001.
The win over the Crimson Tide was the first for the Razorbacks since an 11-8 win in 1998 in Fayetteville.
Arkansas improved to 12-9 overall and 2-3 in the SEC, while the Tide dropped to 20-3 and 4-1 in the conference.
The Razorbacks wasted a scoring opportunity in the first inning when Kirk McConnell led-off with a triple to right field. But, Alabama pitcher Josh Baker retired the next three batters to end the scoring threat.
Arkansas got on the board in the second when Cody Clark doubled home Nick Pitts and Brett Hagedorn for a 2-0 lead. Cliff Crouse extended the lead to 5-0 with a three-run home run over the centerfield fence with Clark and McConnell aboard.
The Razorbacks made it a 7-0 game in the bottom of the third inning when freshman Scott Hode connected for a two-run home run with Brett Hagedorn aboard. The home run was the first career hit for Hode who was making his third straight start.
Michael Conner gave the Razorbacks a 10-0 lead with a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Conner took a 1-2 pitch over the left field fence with McConnell and Crouse on base. It marked the third time this season the Razorbacks have hit three home runs in a game. Arkansas hit three long balls against Air Force on Feb. 15, and against Southwest Missouri State on March 5.
Hogan was in control over the first six innings of play, scattering five hits and striking out seven. Hogan allowed only one runner to reach second base through the sixth and only one runner reached third base for the game.
Every Razorback starter had a hit for the game, with Hode, Crouse, Fox and Pitts each collecting two hits. Pitts has now hit in a season-best eight straight games, while Conner and McConnell have hit safely in six straight games.
The Razorbacks and Tide will meet in the series finale at 1 p.m. Sunday. Charlie Isaacson will get the starting nod for Arkansas, while Shane Sanders is slated to start for Alabama.
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