Arkansas Sweeps Double-Header From Kansas Stat
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas Razorbacks used an extra-inning rally and a lopsided blowout to complete a double-header sweep of Kansas State Monday and claim a 3-1 series win over the Wildcats.
Arkansas improved to 13-1 with the sweep and posted its seventh consecutive double-header sweep dating back to 1996. Kansas State fell to 6-5 with the pair of losses.
Trailing 3-2 with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning, Brady Toops cranked a two-run home run over the bullpen in right field to give the Razorbacks a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Kansas State in game one of the double-header.
It was Toops’ third home run of the season and second in as many games. The win was the fourth for the Razorbacks in their last at-bat this season. Arkansas posted wins over Memphis, Illinois-Chicago and Western Michigan in their final at-bat this season.
Arkansas took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning on Haas Pratt’s solo home run to left. It was Pratt’s fourth home run of the season and third in as many games.
The Razorbacks added a run to make it 2-0 in the sixth inning. Brett Hagedorn singled and drove in Ryan Fox (hit by pitch).
Razorback starter Clint Brannon took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before surrendering a one-out double. The Wildcats plated a run on a RBI double by Ty Soto to make it a 2-1 game.
Kansas State tied the game with a run in the top of the eighth and took the lead in the 10th when Ryan Baldwin doubled home Tim Doty.
In the bottom of the 10th, Nick Pitts singled through the right side to set up Toops’ walk-off home run.
Scott Roehl earned the win to move to 2-0 after pitching one and one-third innings. Roehl allowed one run, earned, on three hits with one strikeout.
Eric Rollins took the loss for Kansas State to fall to 2-1 on the year. Rollins pitched one-third of an inning in the loss.
In game two, Kansas State put up three runs in the first inning and one in the second to take an early 4-0 lead. The Razorbacks, however, scored 13 unanswered runs en route to an 18-5 victory.
Arkansas put up three runs in the second, third and fourth innings and four runs in the fifth inning. After Kansas State tallied a run in the top of the sixth, the Hogs answered with three more runs in the bottom of the sixth and two more in the seventh.
Kirk McConnell and Pratt each had three hits, while Andrew Wishy, Fox and Judd Kindle had two hits apiece. Pratt also scored four runs in the game while McConnell and Hagedorn scored three runs each.
Fox hit the only Razorback home run of the game, his fourth of the season. Jimmy Mobbs earned the win to move to 2-0 after going three and one-third innings in relief. Mobbs gave up one run, unearned, on two hits with five strikeouts.
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