College Station – The Razorbacks got their first win at the Dominos Pizza Aggie Baseball Classic with a 13-3 thumping of New Mexico Saturday morning in the third game of tournament.Arkansas improved to 9-2 overall, while New Mexico dropped to 1-4-1 on the season.
The Razorbacks will now take on the 14th ranked Aggies at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The Razorbacks took their first lead in the Aggie Classic Saturday morning against New Mexico. In the top of the first the Hogs plated a run on a two-out throwing error on New Mexico third baseman Daniel Stovall.
Kern Watts walked and Casey Rowlett singled to put two on with no outs. Clay Goodwin hit into a double play to move Watts to third. Haas Pratt hit a chopper to third that Stovall fielded clean, but threw wild to first allowing Watts to score.
Another New Mexico error gave the Hogs a run in the second inning. Devin Day was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a single by Brett Hagedorn. Scott Bridges put down a sacrifice bunt, but pitcher Darren Coltrinari threw wild to first allowing Day to score and the runners to advance to second and third with no outs.
Still in the second, Watts walked to load the bases. Coltrinari then struck out Rowlett and Goodwin for the first two outs. Pratt then laced a single to left that plated Hagedorn and Bridges for a 4-0 Arkansas lead.
Arkansas made it 5-0 when Coltrinari walked Toops to load the bases and then walked Blake Parker to force Watts across the plate.
Stovall atoned for his earlier error with a two-out, solo home run in the second to make it a 5-1 game.
With the bases loaded in the third, New Mexico relief pitcher Petr Pacas threw a wild pitch that allowed Hagedorn to score and push the Arkansas lead to 6-1. Goodwin then laced a single to shallow center to plate Bridges and give the Hogs a 7-1 lead.
Toops extended the lead to 8-1 in the third with a single up the middle that scored Watts.
The Lobos’ Garrick Haymore made it an 8-3 game with a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The game remained scoreless until the top of the ninth when Bridges tripled down the right field line to score Day and Hagedorn to push the lead to 10-3.
The Razorbacks tacked on three more runs in the ninth when Goodwin blasted a three-run shot over the fence in right field. It was Goodwin’s third hit of the tournament after lining the ball hard for outs the previous day.