FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas baseball team tied the school record for runs in an inning with a 12-run seventh frame in a 17-2 win over Siena on Saturday afternoon in front of 2,425 fans at Baum Stadium.
The Razorbacks sent 16 hitters to the plate in the seventh inning but needed just five hits as the Saints issued four walks and hit four batters. Andy Wilkins delivered two big blows in the inning with a one-out two-run double and a two-out three-run home run. He finished the day 3 for 5 at the plate with three runs scored and five RBI.
“We’ve done a good job bunting and not striking out,” Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. “We had that big inning where we were working their pitchers and getting on base. We’re also playing great defense at this point. With all the injuries we’ve had I got a little worried, but I’m really proud of how these guys have come together and played as a team.”
Arkansas has reeled off five-straight wins to improve its record to 10-1 on the season, while Siena falls to 1-8. The Hogs will go for the sweep at 12:05 p.m. Sunday at Baum Stadium with Shaun Seibert getting the start on the mound UA.
Cliff Springston started on the mound and pitched a team-season-high 6.1 innings to improve to 3-0. He allowed just one run on five hits with four strikeouts and no walks. Craig Marcellus took the loss for Siena to fall to 0-3, allowing six runs – five earned – on seven hits in six innings.
Aaron Murphree continued his home run spree as well on Saturday with his 11th round-tripper of the season. He has homered in what is believed to be a school-record five-straight games and has nine home runs in the last five games. His fourth inning shot cleared the center-field wall to give him 25 RBI on the season.
Chase Leavitt was 3 for 6 at the plate with two runs scored to give him 14 on the season. Thomas Hauskey came in as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning and finished with a career-best three RBI while Ben Tschepikow and Andrew Darr added two RBI each.