Arkansas Tops Pittsburg State 5-1; Hagedorn Dr
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. – Brett Hagedorn drove in a season-high three runs to help lead the Arkansas Razorbacks to a 5-1 victory over the Pittsburg State Gorillas Wednesday night at Baum Stadium.
The Razorbacks improved to 21-13 overall, while Pittsburg State fell to 29-11 on the year.
Arkansas starter Justin Leraris earned his first win of the year after throwing five innings and giving up one run on four hits. Leraris, 1-0, struck out three and did not allow a walk.
Nat Brackett took the loss for Pittsburg State. Brackett, 2-3, gave up four runs, all earned, on six hits in four innings of work.
Pittsburg State took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Chris Polsak plated Dan Walters (single) with a single to centerfield.
The Razorbacks answered the Gorillas with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Ryan Fox brought in Cliff Crouse (single) with a sacrifice fly to right field to tie the game at 1-1.
Arkansas took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Cody Clark began the inning with a double and scored on an error by the Pittsburg State shortstop on a ball hit by Brett Hagedorn.
The Razorbacks increased their lead to 4-1 in the fourth inning. Clark and Nick Pitts each singled to give the Hogs two on with one out. Hagedorn then laced a double to right field that plated both runners for this second and third RBI’s of the game.
After giving up a run in the first inning, Leraris settled into a groove and shut the Gorillas down. Leraris allowed just one base runner over the next four innings and retired seven straight at one point.
Michael Conner gave Arkansas a 5-1 lead with an RBI single in the seventh inning. With two outs, Conner laced a single through the left side that scored Wishy (walk). It was Conner’s seventh RBI in the last four games.
Jeff Fletcher came up shy of an Arkansas record with three stolen bases in the game. Fletcher missed tying the all-time record for steals in a game of four, which was last accomplished by Scott Pose in 1988. For the game, the Razorbacks stole five bases on seven attempts. The five steals is the most in a game for the Razorbacks this season.
Jonathan Richmond relieved Leraris in the sixth inning and threw two innings of scoreless ball. Richmond struck out two and allowed just one hit. Josh Merryman and Scott Roehl worked an inning each and did not allow a base runner. Merryman struck out the side in the eighth inning, giving him 20 strikeouts on the year.
Arkansas pitching did not allow a walk in the game, marking the fourth time this season the Razorbacks have not given up a free pass to an opposing team. For the year, Arkansas has allowed just 94 walks in 304.0 innings of work.
The Razorbacks will now host the Tennessee Volunteers in a Southeastern Conference series this weekend at Baum Stadium. The Hogs and Vols will open the series at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Jarrett Gardner is slated to take the mound in game of the series for Arkansas.
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