FAYETTEVILLE – The Arkansas offense produced season highs in runs scored (15) and hits (15), while the bullpen threw 4.1 shutout innings as the Razorbacks defeated Wisconsin-Milwaukee 15-6 on Friday afternoon at Baum Stadium.
Arkansas moves to 8-1 with the win, while Wisconsin-Milwaukee is now 1-5 with the loss.
"I thought we did a good job of answering when they scored," Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. "We scored one run after they put together an inning and then when they put together another good inning in the fifth, we scored four runs in the sixth."
The Razorback offense enjoyed its best game at the plate so far in 2011, pounding out 15 hits and plating 15 runs. Jacob Morris and Matt Vinson each had a team-high three hits, while Vinson also homered and drove in four runs. Kyle Robinson homered for the second straight game and had four RBI. Jarrod McKinney also went deep, going 2-for-2 with two RBI. Bo Bigham and Matt Reynolds each added two hits in the win as well.
All three Arkansas home runs came in the eighth inning with McKinney and Vinson going back-to-back. It marked the first back-to-back homers for the Razorbacks since Brett Eibner and Andy Wilkins hit consecutive homers against Grambling State on June 4, 2010.
Arkansas reliever Barrett Astin earned his second win of the season, throwing 2.1 hitless innings with one strikeout. Nolan Sanburn and Trent Daniel each had a shutout inning out of the bullpen also. The three Arkansas relievers combined to allow just one hit in their 4.1 innings of work.
Ryne Stanek got the start for the Razorbacks and received a no decision, allowing six runs on eight hits over 4.2 innings.
UWM starter Eric Semmelhack suffered the loss, allowing six runs, all earned, on six hits over two innings of work.
Arkansas jumped on the Panthers early, scoring six times in the first two innings. In the first, Morris drew a one-out walk and moved to third on a single to center by Reynolds. Robinson hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Morris for the first run of the game.
The Razorbacks added five more runs in the second, sending 10 batters to the plate in the inning. James McCann drew a leadoff walk. McKinney laid down a sacrifice bunt and McCann was able to advance all the way to third on the play as no Panther was covering third base after the bunt. Vinson then lined a single up the middle, scoring McCann. Carver followed with a single of his own and Bigham drove in a run with a RBI single to left. Morris added a RBI base hit next, scoring Carver. A base hit by Reynolds to left field loaded the bases with one out. Robinson drew a walk to score Bigham for the fourth Arkansas run of the inning. Dominic Ficociello hit a sacrifice fly to center to bring home Morris and put the Razorbacks in front 6-0.
Wisconsin-Milwaukee got three runs back in the top of the fourth. Sam Sivilotti singled with one out and was along for the ride on Doug Dekoning’s two-run homer to left field. Chad Pierce singled to center field with two outs and came in to score on a double to the right-center field alley by Tell Taylor.
Arkansas added another run in the bottom of the fourth. Bigham reached on a throwing error by the third baseman to start the inning and then moved to third on a base hit by Morris. A balk allowed Bigham to score the seventh Arkansas run of the game.
Milwaukee cut the lead to one with three more runs in the top of the fifth. Nick Lingvay started the inning with a single to right and then moved to second on a groundout by Paul Hoenecke. After a walk to Sivilotti, Dekoning blasted his second home run of the game, a three-run home run into the Arkansas bullpen down the left field line. Those would be the last runs the Panthers would score in the game as the Razorbacks tallied the final eight runs of the game.
Arkansas scored four times in the sixth to stretch the lead to 11-6. Bigham and Morris started the inning with back-to-back infield singles. Reynolds moved each runner up a base with a sacrifice bunt. Kyle Robinson reached first on a fielding error by the Panther third baseman, which allowed Bigham to score and move Morris to third. Robinson then stole second to put runners at second and third. Ficociello drove in his second run of the game with his second sacrifice fly, scoring Morris. McCann drew a walk and McKinney singled to left to put a runner on every base. Vinson drove home a pair of runs with a single to center field.
The Razorbacks added four more runs in the eighth. Robinson belted a leadoff solo home run over the 375 sign in left-center field for his second round-tripper of the season. Ficociello followed with a bloop double down the left field line. After McCann flied out to the left fielder for the first out of the inning, McKinney hit his first home run of the season, a two-run bomb over the left field stands. Vinson provided the third Razorback home run of the inning, a solo shot to left field for his first homer of the season.
Dekoning hit a pair of home runs and drove in five runs to lead the Panthers offensively. Pierce and Taylor also had two hits for UWM in the loss.
The series continues on Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 2:05 p.m. Freshman right-handed pitcher Brandon Moore (2-0, 0.75) will start for the Razorbacks, while the Panthers are scheduled to start sophomore righty Jordan Guth (0-0, 8.31). Reserved tickets are available for $10 and can be purchased by calling 1-800-982-HOGS (4647), by visiting the online ticket center at ArkansasRazorbacks.com or on game day at Baum Stadium, while supplies last.