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Hogs Blast RedHawks in Series Opener

Hogs Blast RedHawks in Series Opener
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Jack Welsh had four of Arkansas’ 15 hits and Gary Hogan Jr. earned his first collegiate win as the Razorbacks downed Miami (Ohio) 15-5 in Saturday’s opener of a two-game, rain-shortened series.

A crowd of 2,366 – the largest of the season at Baum Stadium – saw Arkansas (8-6) win its third game in a row while Miami (2-1) suffered its first loss of the season.

Hogan (1-0) struck out seven and gave up five runs (three earned) on seven hits to earn the victory in his second collegiate start. Josh Merryman held the RedHawks to two hits in two scoreless innings of relief to preserve the win for the Hogs. Miami’s Billy Kieninger (0-1) gave up seven runs (five earned) on five hits and suffered the loss in his first appearance of the season.

Welsh matched a career high with four hits and drove in three runs while raising his batting average to .400 and extending his streak of consecutive games without an error to 87 games. UA’s Bryan King also drove in three runs – two on a first-inning home run that gave the Razorbacks a 2-1 lead. King’s home run was his second of the season.

Joe Spain’s RBI double in the top of the fourth gave Miami a 3-2 lead, but Arkansas answered by sending 12 batters to the plate for six runs on four hits in the bottom of the inning.

The Razorbacks added two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to lead 11-3 after six innings. Miami’s Clark Mace hit a solo home run before Brady Nori doubled and scored on a groundout in the seventh to cut UA’s lead to 11-5. Mace and Nori led the RedHawks with two hits each.

Arkansas rocked MU reliever Korey Kirkpatrick for four runs (three earned) in the eighth on five hits, including consecutive RBI singles by Welsh, Jon Youngblood and Justin Riley that provided the final 10-run margin.

The Hogs and RedHawks will conclude the series Sunday at 2 p.m. Mike Moriarity (1-0, 4.50 ERA) will start for the Razorbacks while Miami is expected to send Nate Tekavec (1-0, 3.00 ERA) to the mound. An Arkansas win would give the Hogs a season-best four-game winning streak.

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