FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Jonathan Schuerholz had a career-high four hits – including a grand slam – to help No. 11 Auburn defeat Arkansas 21-11 on Sunday and complete a three-game Southeastern Conference sweep at Baum Stadium. The game was halted after eight innings due to a curfew imposed for Auburn’s travel plans.
With the win, the Tigers became the first SEC team ever to sweep the Hogs in a three-game series at Baum Stadium and the first to do so in Fayetteville since LSU in 1993. The 21 runs by Auburn (23-6, 3-3 SEC) were the most given up by Arkansas (13-12, 2-4 SEC) since a 27-6 loss at LSU on March 22, 1998.
Auburn reliever Kyle Hudlow (1-0) earned the victory after giving up three runs (earned) on three hits in 1 2/3 innings. Razorback starter Wes McCrotty (0-3) gave up eight runs (four earned) on six hits in three innings and took the loss.
The victory extended Auburn’s winning streak to four games while Arkansas’ losing streak reached six games – the longest since losing eight in a row in 1993.
Arkansas was once again victimized by its defense, which tied a school record with seven errors in Sunday’s loss. The Hogs committed five errors in each of the first two games against Auburn for a total of 17 in the series. During their six-game losing streak, the Razorbacks have committed 25 errors while being outscored 76-31 and out-hit 86-42.
Todd Faulker and Schuerholz led the Tigers with four hits and four RBI each.
The Razorbacks made a late charge with four runs in the sixth to cut the Tiger lead to 16-11, but Schuerholz’ grand slam in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach.
Kyle Washburn led the Hogs with three hits and two RBI.
Arkansas must regroup quickly before traveling to Stillwater, Okla., to face Oklahoma State on Tuesday at 6 p.m. CT. With UA on Spring Break, the Hogs will travel from Stillwater to Lawrence, Kan., after Tuesday’s game to face Kansas on Wednesday. That game has been changed to a 3 p.m. CT start.
Shelved by tendenitits in his right (throwing) shoulder since Feb. 20, preseason All-American Charlie Isaacson (1-1) is scheduled to start at OSU. It will be his first appearance since suffering his first collegiate loss in a 13-2 defeat by Nebraska on Feb. 20 at Arlington, Texas.