FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Scott Crossett matched a career high with three hits and Arkansas (3-0) pitchers held Southeast Missouri State (0-2) scoreless for 8 2/3 innings as the Razorbacks defeated the Indians 3-1 on Saturday at Baum Stadium.
In his first start as a Razorback, Cliff Lee (1-0) struck out seven in five scoreless innings to earn the first victory of his UA career. Redshirt freshman Josh Merryman struck out four and gave up just one run in 3 2/3 innings of relief in his first collegiate appearance. Gary Hogan Jr. got Indian leadoff hitter Clemente Bonilla to fly out to end the game, earning Hogan his second save of the season and second in as many games.
SEMO starter Lanson Debrock (0-1) suffered the loss despite giving up just one run on five hits in four innings.
UA took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning when Crosett’s single to right-center field off Debrock scored Jeff Hoefler from third base.
Crossett added another RBI in the fifth with a double to the right-field gap that scored Jack Welsh from right field. Bryan King led off the eighth inning with his first home run as a Razorback to account for the Hogs’ third and final run.
Merryman got the first two outs in the top of the ninth but was relieved by Hogan after hitting Jeff Bourbon with a full-count pitch. Denver Stuckey then doubled down the left-field line, moving Bourbon to third base and bringing Zach Borowiak to the plate with the tying run. Borowiak’s single scored Bourbon to cut the lead to 3-1, but Bonilla followed with a fly-out to left field to end the game.
Arkansas will try to complete its fifth-straight sweep of a three-game series at Baum Stadium on Sunday. The Hogs swept their final four three-game home series of 1999, winning all three games of SEC series against Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.