Arkansas Sweeps Centenary With 10-2 Victory
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas Razorbacks took advantage of six Centenary errors to come away with a 10-2 victory Wednesday night to complete a series sweep of the Gents.
Arkansas improved to 14-10 overall, while Centenary dropped to 9-22 on the year. The Razorbacks’ Josh Merryman earned the victory to improve his record to 3-1. Merryman pitched one and two-thirds innings of perfect ball in earning the win.
Robbie Buhl dropped to 0-3 after allowing nine runs, three earned, in six innings of work. Buhl walked six batters and allowed just five hits in the loss.
Centenary took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third. J.W. Pate scored on a ground out by Andrew Collup for the first run of the inning. Mark Williams came in to score on a balk by Razorback starter Justin Leraris.
The Razorbacks answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third. Andrew Wishy plated Scott Hode on a ground out to second. With two out and a 2-2 count on batter Michael Conner, Luke Weatheford stole home to tie the game at 2-2.
Arkansas took the lead in the bottom of the fifth as they took advantage of four Centenary errors to score five runs. Luke Weatherford and Kirk McConnell scored on a double by Wishy to left. Wishy scored on an error by the left fielder on a single by Ryan Fox for a 5-2 Razorback lead. Fox then scored on an error by the first baseman for a 6-2 lead. Nick Pitts scored the final run of the inning, coming in when Scott Hode was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
The Razorbacks increased their lead in the seventh when Fox brought in Conner with single, and scored later during a rundown for a 9-2 margin. Arkansas added a final run in the ninth when Cliff Crouse scored on a double by Fox for the final 10-2 margin.
Arkansas will now travel to Nashville to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores in a three-game series beginning Friday night. The first game of the series is set for a 7 p.m. CT start and will be televised regionally by Comcast.
Saturday’s game will be televised on FOX Sports Net South, with first pitch slated for 3 p.m. CT. Sunday’s game will begin at 1 p.m. CT and will not be televised.
Gary Hogan, Jr., who earned Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week honors, is set to start on the mound for the Razorbacks Friday night. Hogan is 2-2 and carries a 3.32 earned run average into the contest.
Jonathan Richmond will get the starting nod for Saturday’s game. Richmond is 2-3 and has a 3.86 ERA this season. Senior Charlie Isaacson will take the mound in Sunday’s series finale. Isaacson has a 1-4 record this season, but has a 2.76 ERA in seven appearances for the Razorbacks.
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