Arkansas Takes Series From Ole Miss With 6-3 W
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas pitcher Charley Boyce struck out a career-high seven and limited Ole Miss to five hits in seven and one-third innings as the Razorbacks won the Sunday series finale 6-3.
Arkansas improved to 33-13 overall and 13-11 in the Southeastern Conference. Ole Miss dropped to 29-21 overall and 13-11 in the SEC.
Boyce surrendered just three runs, all earned, as he improved his record to 5-3 with the victory. Scott Roehl pitched the final one and two-thirds innings allowing one hit to earn his first save of the season.
Mark Holliman (3-5) took the loss for Arkansas after giving up four runs, two earned, on four hits in five and one-third innings of work.
Ole Miss took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Justin Donovan hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Charlie Waite. Waite singled and moved to second on a walk to Brian Pettway. Barry Gunther moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher.
The Razorbacks loaded the bases in the second inning after Brady Toops reached on an error by the shortstop. Clay Goodwin singled to right to move Toops to second and Kirk McConnell was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Scott Bridges.
Bridges reached on a fielder’s choice with McConnell out at second. Toops scored on the play to even the game at 1-1. With Scott Hode at the plate, Bridges broke for second base and Goodwin followed from third on a delayed steal to make it a 2-1 game. The catcher’s throw to second sailed wide, allowing Bridges to move to third. Hode struck out swinging to end the inning.
Arkansas added to its lead in the third inning. Nick Pitts hit a leadoff double and moved to third after Ryan Fox and Toops were each hit by a pitch. Goodwin walked with the bases loaded to score Pitts.
Seth Smith pulled Ole Miss within a run in the sixth inning with a solo home run to left off Boyce. It was Smith’s fourth home run of the season.
Waite then reached on an error when his ground ball to third went past Goodwin. Waite advanced to second on the play to put the tying run in scoring position. Pettway hit a long foul to left that Pitts caught on the run, falling into the stands to end the inning.
Arkansas plated a pair of runs in the sixth to increase its lead to 5-2. With Bridges (hit by pitch) and Pitts (walk) aboard and two outs, Pratt hit a sharp line drive to right that got past the right fielder allowing Bridges and Pitts to score. Pratt was thrown out trying to get to third to end the inning.
The Rebels pulled within two runs in the eighth when Smith brought Matt Tolbert (double) in with a single. Smith’s RBI chased Boyce from the game. Roehl came in and forced Chad Sterbens to hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Arkansas got the run back, however, when Bridges grounded out to short to score Goodwin from third. Goodwin doubled to left to begin the inning and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by McConnell.
The Razorbacks will not play a mid-week game and will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., for a three-game series against the Volunteers this weekend.
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