LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kyle Washburn’s three-run triple in the top of the seventh broke a 2-2 tie to help Arkansas to a 10-3 win over Kansas on Wednesday at Hoglund Ballpark.
The victory was the second in a row for the Razorbacks (15-12), who broke a six-game losing streak with a 10-8 win at Oklahoma State on Tuesday. The Jayhawks (16-11) suffered their third loss in the last four games.
A senior from nearby Kansas City, Mo., UA starter Mike Moriarity (2-1) gave up just two runs and scattered five hits over six innings. It was Moriarity’s longest outing since undergoing “Tommy John” surgery on his left (throwing) shoulder last summer. KU reliever Sam Gish (2-2) was charged with the loss after giving up four runs (three earned) while recording just one out.
The Razorbacks tralied 2-1 after six innings, but tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the seventh on Jeff Hoefler’s RBI single. Washburn’s triple followed, giving UA the lead for good. The Hogs added five runs on five hits in the top of the ninth.
UA reliever Josh Merryman held the Jayhawks to one run (earned) on five hits over two innings before Wes McCrotty came on to record the final three outs.
Hoefler led the Razorbacks with three hits, tying his career high at UA. Brian Kirby and Bryan King added two hits each for the Hogs.
Brent Del Chiaro’s career-high four hits led all KU hitters. Kansas’ Ryan Klocksien led off the bottom of the fourth with his second home run of the season.
Plagued by defensive miscues of late, the Razorbacks played errorless ball for the first time in eight games.
The Razorbacks will host Florida this weekend in a three-game Southeastern Conference series at Baum Stadium beginning with Friday’s 6:30 p.m. CT contest. Arkansas and Florida will continue the series Saturday at 2 p.m. CT and Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.