Back-to-Back Home Runs Lifts Arkansas to 5-4 W
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Cliff Crouse and Andrew Wishy launched back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Arkansas Razorbacks a 5-4 come-from-behind victory Tuesday night at Baum Stadium.
The win moved the Hogs to 2-0 on the year and dropped Oklahoma City to 4-1.
Oklahoma City led for most of the game behind strong starting pitching from E. J. Shanks. Shanks pitched five complete innings surrendering two runs, one earned, on five hits with two strikeouts.
Oklahoma City scratched out a run in the top of the third when Matt Houston singled in Keith Bohanan. The Stars increased their lead to 2-0 with a run in the top of the fourth after Brandon Kaye doubled and scored on a ground out by Matt Black.
Oklahoma City increased its lead in the top of the fifth when David Marlett scored on a throwing error during a failed pickoff attempt by Razorback pitcher Layne Berry. The Stars added another run when Houston drove in Kennard Bibbs to make it a 4-0 game.
The Razorbacks got on the board with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth. Clay Goodwin led off the inning by reaching on an error and moved to second on a wild pitch by Shanks. Goodwin was then called safe on a fielder’s choice by Cody Clark. Both runners advanced on a single by Brett Hagedorn who came in for Luke Weatherford.
Scott Bridges then singled to center to bring in Goodwin and cut the deficit to 4-1. It was Bridges fifth RBI in two games. Kirk McConnell plated another run when he ground into a double play that scored Clark. The Stars retired Cliff Crouse with a runner on third to end the rally.
Trailing 4-2, McConnell led off the eighth inning with a bunt single. Crouse then drove the first pitch over the right-centerfield fence to tie the game 4-4. Andrew Wishy then ripped the very next pitch over the right field fence to give the Hogs a 5-4 lead. It was Wishy’s second home run in as many days.
Junior college transfer Jarrett Gardner earned his first save allowing one hit and striking out one in the ninth to secure the comeback victory.
Arkansas’ Scott Roehl pitched three innings allowing one hit with two strikeouts to earn his first victory of the year.
The Razorbacks take to the road for the three-day University of Texas-Arlington Tournament. Arkansas opens the tournament with an 11:30 a.m. game against Air Force on Friday. Airtime for ARSN is 11:10 a.m.
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