Millington, Tenn. – Arkansas’ Jarrett Gardner retired 10 straight batters over five and one-third innings of work as the Razorbacks beat the Navy Midshipmen 8-1 Sunday afternoon.Arkansas improved to 4-0 with the victory, while Navy dropped to 0-4. Gardner upped his record to 2-0 on the year. Gardner struck out four and allowed just one run, earned, on four hits.
Rich McDevitt took the loss for Navy to fall to 0-1.
After waiting through a pair of postponements, the Razorbacks and Navy finally resumed their Friday game from at 10:38 a.m. Sunday.
Gardner took the mound for the Razorbacks on Sunday, filling in for Friday’s starter Clint Brannon. Brannon finished the game after going three and two-thirds innings. Brannon allowed two hits and struck out three.
Leading 1-0, Arkansas broke the game open in the top of the sixth inning. Andrew Wishy walked and moved to second on a wild pitch. Wishy then moved to third on a passed ball. Ryan Fox walked to put runners on the corners with one out.
Brady Toops doubled to center to score Wishy and push the lead to 2-0. With runners on second and third, Brett Hagedorn doubled down the left field line to score Fox and Toops and give the Hogs a 4-0 lead.
Still with one out in the sixth, Hagedorn moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI bunt down the first base line by Hode. It was Hode’s second RBI of the game and gave the Razorbacks a 5-0 lead.
Kirk McConnell walked and moved to second after a throwing error by the Navy shortstop that allowed Scott Bridges to reach first and extend the inning. Haas Pratt then singled past the third baseman to plate McConnell and move Bridges to third.
Wishy popped out to first to end the top of the sixth after the Razorbacks had scored five runs on three hits to take a 6-0 lead.
Arkansas added a run in the top of the eighth when Pratt singled home McConnell (error) to give the Hogs a 7-0 lead.
Navy broke up the shutout bid in bottom of the eighth. Trevor Thompson singled and scored on a double by Chris Ashinhurst to make it a 7-1 game.
The Razorbacks tacked on run in the ninth on Hode’s third RBI of the game. Hode singled to right to bring home Judd Kindle (walk) to give the Razorbacks the final 8-1 margin of victory.
Arkansas is scheduled to play Memphis at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, weather permitting.