Hode’s RBI Single Lifts Hogs Past No. 17 Kansa
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Scott Hode’s two-out single in the bottom of the eighth inning scored Clay Goodwin and gave the Razorbacks a 2-1 victory over the 17th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks Tuesday evening at Baum Stadium.
Arkansas improved to 14-1 overall while the Jayhawks dropped to 16-5 with the loss.
Boyd Goodner (1-0) earned his first win after pitching four and two-thirds innings in relief of starter John Findley. Goodner surrendered only two hits and fanned six in just his second appearance in a Razorback uniform. Jarrett Gardner pitched the ninth inning for his first save of the season.
Ryan Knippschild (4-1) took the loss for Kansas after going seven and two-thirds innings. Knippschild allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits while striking out two.
Arkansas took advantage of a Kansas miscue to take an early 1-0 lead. With two outs in the bottom of the first inning, Haas Pratt reached on a ground ball that went through the third baseman’s legs and rolled into left field allowing Pratt to move to second.
Andrew Wishy then singled to left to score Pratt. Wishy was thrown out trying to advance to second to end the inning.
Findley surrendered the only Kansas run of the game when Brandon Shepard took his 3-2 offering over the wall in left field to tie the game at 1-1 in the top of the third inning.
In the fourth inning, Findley allowed a lead-off double and a pair of walks to load the bases with only one out. Goodner was brought in and forced Travis Metcalf to hit into an inning-ending double-play to prevent a run from scoring.
Over the next four innings Goodner surrendered only two hits, both coming in the fifth inning, and allowed only two runners to reach second base.
Knippschild was equally as strong for Kansas through seven innings until an untimely balk gave the Razorbacks the advantage.
With the score tied in the bottom of the eighth, Goodwin singled through the left side to begin the inning. Nick Pitts then put down a sacrifice bunt, nearly beating the throw, to advance Goodwin to second.
After Brady Toops flied to left for the second out of the inning and with Hode at bat, Knippschild was called for a balk on a pickoff attempt, allowing Goodwin to move to third. Hode then singled through the left side to plate Goodwin for the 2-1 Arkansas lead.
Gardner was then brought in to pitch the ninth inning. After an error allowed the lead-off hitter to reach and move to second, Gardner forced one fly out and got two strikeouts to end the game.
Arkansas will now travel to Columbia, S.C. to take on the sixth-ranked Gamecocks. Game one on Friday is set to begin at 6 p.m. CT.
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