FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Despite managing just five hits in the game – none after the fourth inning – Arkansas scored two runs in the bottom of the 10th inning to defeat Centenary 7-6 in Tuesday’s opener of a two-game series at Baum Stadium.
Cliff Crouse and Brian Kirby scored the tying and winning runs, respectively, when Centenary third baseman Michael Hicks made a diving stop of Travis McDaniel’s bases-loaded, two-out grounder in the 10th but made an errant throw that skipped by first baseman Rob Rubel.
The win gave the Razorbacks (6-6) just their second win in the last seven games and snapped the Hogs’ three-game losing streak. Now winless in 10 games all-time with Arkansas, the Gentlemen (6-14) suffered their eighth loss in nine games.
Mitch Tisher (1-0) struck out a career-high four and gave up a run on one hit in two innings to earn his first victory in two years as a Razorback. Centenary reliever Jeff Poulin (2-4) took the loss. Poulin, who came on in relief of Blaine Sessions in the 10th, beaned Justin Riley, walked Jeff Hoefler and struck out Greg Blum before the ground ball from McDaniel ended the game.
Arkansas trailed 2-0 before scoring four runs in the fourth on four hits, including RBI singles by Ryan Johnston and Jack Welsh that gave the Hogs a 4-2 lead.
The Gents regained took a 5-4 lead in the sixth, two on Graham Martin’s single to left field. The Gents gave away the lead in the bottom of the eighth when first baseman Ralph Hicks fielded a ground ball from Wes McCrotty and overthrew Sessions at first base, allowing Kirby to score from second and tie the game at 5-5.
In the top of the 10th, Ralph Hicks redeemed himself with a single through the right side of the infield that scored Michael Hicks with the go-ahead run.
The Razorbacks and Gents conclude their two-game series Wednesday at 3 p.m. Arkansas hosts Miami (Ohio) in a three-game series beginning Friday at 4 p.m.