FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Pinch-hitter Kirk McConnell drew a bases loaded walk with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Arkansas Razorbacks a 6-5 win over No. 8 LSU in front of a record crowd of 5,561 fans at Baum Stadium Saturday night.Arkansas improved to 34-17 overall and 14-15 in the Southeastern Conference. LSU dropped to 37-18-1 overall and 19-9-1 in the SEC. The crowd of 5,561 fans was the largest regular-season crowd in Baum Stadium history.
Reliever Scott Roehl (8-3) earned the victory after pitching the final three and one-third innings. Roehl gave up two runs, earned, on three hits with seven strikeouts. Jay Sawatski started and went six and two-thirds allowing three runs, two earned, on 11 hits with seven strikeouts.
Greg Smith (0-2) took the loss for LSU after giving up one run, earned, on two hits in three and one-third innings. Starter Bo Pettit gave up five runs, three earned, on five hits in six innings of work. Pettit walked six and fanned five.
Trailing 5-3 in the top of the ninth, LSU mounted a rally off Roehl. Aaron Hill hit a leadoff home run to make it a 5-4 game. Roehl fanned Clay Harris for the first out of the inning, but gave up a single to Blake Gill. Jon Zeringue then doubled to left to move Gill to third.
J.C. Holt hit a ground ball to third that Clay Goodwin fielded, but threw wild to first allowing Gill to score the tying run. Roehl forced Ivan Naccarata to hit into a double-play to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 10th inning, Ryan Fox was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a single by Goodwin. Both runners advanced on a double steal. Scott Bridges was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out.
McConnell pinch-hit for Scott Hode and drew a walk on five pitches to bring in Fox and give the Razorbacks the victory.
The Razorbacks took advantage of an LSU error to plate a run in the bottom of the first inning. Nick Pitts and Andrew Wishy each walked with one out. Haas Pratt then hit a chopper to Naccarata at third who threw to second to get Wishy. Gill, the second baseman, then threw wild to first attempting to double-off Pratt.
The throw allowed Pitts to score and give the Hog a 1-0 lead.
Arkansas moved runners in scoring position in the second after Fox walked and Goodwin singled to open the bottom half of the inning. Bridges moved the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt for the first out. Hode drove in both runners with a single to shallow left field to push the Arkansas lead to 3-0. With two outs Pitts swung at a third strike, but the pitch was wild allowing Pitts to reach first. Hode, alertly, took off from second and scored as no one covered home plate on the play.
With two swings of the bat LSU quickly cut the Arkansas lead to 4-2 in the top of the third inning. Ryan Patterson and Clay Harris each hit solo home runs off Sawatski to make it a two-run game.
The Razorbacks answered the LSU score with a run in the bottom of the third. Brady Toops walked and moved to third on a wild throw by the catcher on a stolen base attempt. Goodwin blooped a single over first to score Toops and push the Arkansas lead to 5-2.
The Tigers plated a run in the top of the fifth when Jon Zeringue singled home Aaron Hill who reached on an error. The run cut the Arkansas lead to 5-3.
Chris Williams prevented a run from scoring in the top of the sixth when he threw Matt Liuzza out at home when he attempted to score from second on a single by Patterson. The throw ended the inning with the Hogs still holding on to a 5-3 lead.
Arkansas and LSU conclude the series with a 1 p.m. game Sunday Baum Stadium.