Hode, McConnell Lead Hogs To 8-5 Win Over Vand
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Kirk McConnell drove in three runs and Scott Hode added two RBI as the 20th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks claimed the series victory over Vanderbilt with an 8-5 victory Sunday afternoon at Baum Stadium.
Arkansas improved to 27-7 overall and 9-6 in the Southeastern Conference. Vanderbilt dropped to 17-17 overall and 6-9 in the SEC. The series victory marked the third straight for the Razorbacks after beating Georgia and Kentucky the previous two weeks.
Scott Roehl (6-1) earned the win after throwing four innings in relief of starter Charley Boyce. Roehl allowed two runs, both earned, on three hits with a pair of strikeouts in the win. Boyce lasted four innings and surrendered three runs, one earned, on seven hits.
Jay Sawatski earned his second save of the season after pitching the ninth inning and allowing only a two-out walk.
Ryan Mullins (2-5) took the loss for Vanderbilt after giving up seven runs, all earned, on 11 hits in six innings of work.
Arkansas took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third on Hode’s second home run of the season. Hode’s solo blast was the 20th home run for the Razorbacks in the last 10 games.
Vanderbilt plated three runs in the top of the fourth to erase the Arkansas lead. Warner Jones singled and moved to second when Worth Scott reached on catcher’s interference. Tony Mansolino then doubled to plate Jones.
Jonathan Douillard scored Scott with a sacrifice fly to center for a 2-1 Vandy lead. Ryan Klosterman gave the Commodores a 3-1 lead with a single to score Mansolino.
The Razorbacks quickly erased the Vanderbilt lead with five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Haas Pratt singled to open the inning and moved to third on a single by Ryan Fox. Brady Toops then singled to left to plate Pratt.
After Fox was picked off at second for the second out of the inning, Scott Bridges was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Hode delivered his second RBI of the day with a single that plated Toops.
Nick Pitts pushed the lead to 4-3 with a single down the left field line to score Bridges. McConnell gave the Hogs a 6-3 lead with a single to left that brought Hode and Pitts home.
Arkansas increased its lead to 7-3 with a run in the sixth. Fox doubled to left to begin the inning and came around to score on a sacrifice bunt by Bridges.
Vanderbilt cut the deficit to 7-5 with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning. With two outs, Jones tripled to center to score Nicolas (walk) and John Kaye (single).
Arkansas tacked on a run in the eighth when McConnell singled home Pitts who had been hit by a pitch. McConnell finished the game 3-for-5, while Hode went 3-for-4.
Arkansas returns to action Tuesday, April 15, against Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Okla. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.
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