Boyce Shuts Down Flames As Arkansas Sweeps UIC
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas starter Charley Boyce pitched seven strong innings without allowing a run as the Razorbacks completed a three-game sweep of Illinois-Chicago with a 13-2 victory Sunday afternoon at Baum Stadium.
The Razorbacks improved to 8-0, while UIC dropped to 0-3 on the season.
Boyce (2-0) gave up just five hits and fanned five batters in winning his second game of the season. Boyce allowed two hits in then first inning and the limited the Flames to three hits over the next six innings of play. Boyce threw 85 pitches with 60 for strikes and did not allow an extra-base hit in the victory.
Offensively, Scott Bridges paced the Hogs with a 3-for-5 performance with two RBI and three runs scored. Bridges was responsible for Arkansas’ first runs of the game.
With the bases loaded and no outs, Bridges hit a single to right to plate Brady Toops (walk) and Scott Hode (walk). The UIC right fielder booted the ball, allowing it to roll to the wall, which scored Chris Williams (single) and Bridges to give the Hogs a 4-0 lead.
Arkansas added a run in the fourth on Williams’ RBI double that plated Toops (hit by pitch).
In the fifth inning, Andrew Wishy doubled to begin the inning and scored on a single to right by Nick Pitts. Pitts later scored from first after a single to right again got past the right fielder on a ball hit by Toops. Pitts’ run gave the Hogs a 7-0 advantage.
The Razorbacks continued to add to the lead with a pair of runs in the sixth inning. Wishy hit his second home run of the season, this time with Bridges (triple) aboard as Arkansas made it a 9-0 game.
Arkansas capped the scoring in the eighth inning. Bridges singled and moved to second on a single to left by Matt Yost. Wishy then walked to load the bases. Ryan Fox then hit a ground ball that was fielded cleanly by the third baseman, but the throw to first was wild allowing all three runners to score and Fox to move to third. Fox plated the final run of the day on a passed ball which gave the Hogs a 13-0 lead.
UIC broke up the shutout bid with a one-out, two-run home run in the top of the ninth for the final 13-2 margin.
Arkansas returns to action Tuesday, March 4, with a 3 p.m. game against Western Michigan at Baum Stadium.
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