Hogs Overwhelm Eastern Illinois 12-1 in Front
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – An Arkansas regular-season non-conference record crowd of 7,932 turned out at Baum Stadium Saturday afternoon to see the 11th-ranked Razorbacks overwhelm Eastern Illinois 12-1.
“I don’t know what to say,” Arkansas Head Coach Dave Van Horn said following the game. “We’re getting almost 8,000 people here for a non-conference game. I’m excited to see what happens when we get into conference games.”
The Hogs improved to 15-1 on the season and have won 10 straight games. Arkansas is hitting an amazing .403 as a team this weekend, while the pitching staff has allowed just two earned runs. Arkansas collected 13 hits on the afternoon and has produced at least 12 hits in its last six games.
Charley Boyce pitched a season-best eight innings to up his record to 3-1. He allowed just one run on five hits. Eastern Illinois catcher Joe Hernandez connected for a solo home run off Boyce in the top of the eighth inning for the Panthers only run.
“He was sharp,” Van Horn said. “He just did a tremendous job. He was pitching ahead in the count the whole game. When Charley Boyce gets ahead of hitters, he is tough.”
The Razorbacks played a flawless game defensively with no errors for the first time in five games.
“We played a solid game defensively,” Van Horn said. “It was one of our better games all the way around.”
Casey Rowlett paced the Hogs’ 13-hit attack with three hits in five at bats and three RBI. He has hit safely in all 16 of Arkansas’ games this season, but his .508 batting average still ranks second on the team to second baseman Scott Bridges. Bridges is hitting .511 after going 2 for 3 with a RBI on Saturday.
EIU starter Mike Budde took the lost to fall to 1-2 on the season. He gave up four runs on five hits in 4.1 innings of work. Three more Panther reliever tried unsuccessfully to cool the Arkansas bats.
Jake Dugger went 2 for 3 on the day and homered for the second straight game. He has a team-high four on the year, as his batting average climbed to .304.
Scott Hode connected for his first round-tripper of the season in the second inning and finished the day with two hits. Danny Hamblin also chipped in with two hits, three RBI and two runs scored on the day.
Arkansas will go for the sweep on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. at Baum Stadium.
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