Fry’s Home Run Lifts Arkansas To 2-0 Win Over
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Matt Fry provided all the runs and Jay Sawatski and the Arkansas pitching corps held Louisiana Tech scoreless as the Razorbacks picked up a 2-0 victory over the Bulldogs in the 2004 season opener Friday afternoon at Baum Stadium.
Arkansas improved to 1-0 on the year, while Louisiana Tech fell to 2-2.
The Razorbacks got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third inning when Matt Fry connected for a two-run home run over the right-center fence, just in front of the new video board.
Fry’s home run came with Kern Watts aboard. Watts reached on a throwing error by the Bulldogs’ third baseman. Watts moved to second on the error and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Casey Rowlett.
That would be all the runs the Razorbacks scored on the day as Louisiana Tech starter Clayton Meyer (0-1) pitched six and one-third innings of solid ball. Meyer scattered seven hits on the day and fanned two.
Sawatski (1-0) was equally tough as he pitched five innings allowing only one hit with eight strikeouts and one walk on 64 pitches. Sawatski was in total control to start the game, striking out the first five batters and six of the first seven.
The senior from Little Rock did not allow a hit until the fifth inning when Steve Winters laced a single to right with two outs. Sawatski allowed a walk following the single, but forced a ground out to end the inning with the score still 2-0 in favor of the Razorbacks.
Boyd Goodner pitched the sixth in relief of Sawatski and allowed two hits with one strikeout. Newcomer Trey Holloway worked the seventh and eighth innings allowing just one hit.
Zach Butler earned his first save after holding the Bulldogs in check in the ninth inning. Kyle Spangler reached on a passed ball on a swinging third strike and moved to second on a single by Brandon Hudson with no outs in the ninth.
Butler then forced Dusty Bastion to hit into a 6-4-3 double-play and got Steve Winters to ground out to end the game.
The 2-0 victory marked the first shutout win for the Razorbacks since blanking Alabama 10-0 on March 23, 2002. It also marked the first shutout win in a season opener in 17 years. The 1986 Razorbacks opened the season with a 10-0 blanking of North Texas on Feb. 15, in Fayetteville.
The teams continue the series Saturday at 1:05 p.m. at Baum Stadium. Charley Boyce (0-0) is slated to take the mound for the Razorbacks.
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