FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Mike Moriarity earned a victory in his first appearance in more than a year as Arkansas (5-3) ended a two-game losing streak Tuesday afternoon with a 7-3 win over Oklahoma City (7-2) at Baum Stadium.
Moriarity (1-0), a fifth-year senior who underwent “Tommy John” surgery on his throwing elbow last summer, struck out two and walked one and gave up one run on three hits in 3 2/3 innings. Jared Manatt struck out three and gave up just one hit in 2 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the save his, first of the season. OCU starter Mark Percosky (1-1) gave up five runs (three earned) on four hits in 4 2/3 innings and suffered the loss.
Scott Crossett, Travis McDaniel and Kyle Washburn led the Razorbacks at the plate with two hits each. Crossett’s triple in the first inning scored Jack Welsh with the Hogs’ first run. OCU got on the board in the second when Blair Harris grounded into a double play that scored Justin Hendrickson.
Two Arkansas hits and three Oklahoma City errors in the third inning led to three Razorback runs in the third inning, the last on an RBI infield single by Bryan King. The Hogs expanded the lead to 6-1 in the sixth inning on a solo home run by Washburn, the first homer of his UA career.
The Stars cut the lead to 6-3 in the seventh inning on RBI doubles by Josh Brazeal and Ryan Lindberg off Razorback reliever Matt Riethmaier. Ryan Johnston drove in the Hogs’ final run with a single to center field, scoring McDaniel.
Although UA center fielder Jack Welsh saw his hitting streak end at eight games, his errorless streak remained intact. The senior has not committed an error in his last 159 fielding chances spanning 80 games. Welsh committed his last error in a 17-3 loss at Mississippi State on May 9, 1998.
Arkansas continues its 11-game homestand this weekend by hosting No. 20 Long Beach State (6-3) in a three-game series at Baum Stadium. Friday’s series opener is scheduled for 4 p.m. CT. Sunday’s series finale has been changed to an 11 a.m. CT start to accommodate the 49ers’ travel plans.