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Hogs Snap ORU Streak with Homers by Fox, Kirby

Hogs Snap ORU Streak with Homers by Fox, Kirby
TULSA, Okla. – Ryan Fox’s three-run home run and a solo shot by Brian Kirby provided all of Arkansas’ scoring as the Razorbacks snapped No. 25 Oral Roberts’ 13-game winning streak – the longest active streak in the nation – with a 4-2 win Tuesday night at J.L. Johnson Stadium.

The Razorbacks (20-22) snapped their three-game losing streak and won on the road for just the fourth time in 18 tries this season while the Golden Eagles (28-7), ranked 25th by Collegiate Baseball, lost for just the third time in 23 home games this year.

Arkansas’ victory marked the sixth-consecutive win for the visiting team in the series. UA will host ORU May 1 at Baum Stadium.

Hog starter Gary Hogan Jr. (2-3) struck out three, walked two and allowed just one run on five hits in five innings to earn the victory. UA reliever Jeremy Rankin recorded the last out of the game to earn his third save of the season.

ORU starter Trevor Leu (5-2) allowed all four UA runs on five hits during his six innings of work.

With the Golden Eagles leading 1-0 on Steve Holm’s RBI double in the bottom of the first inning, the Hogs took the lead for good on Fox’s two-out, opposite-field, three-run homer in the top of the second, his third home run of the season.

Kirby’s solo home run stretched the Hogs’ lead to 4-1 in the fifth inning. The home run was his fifth of the season and 35th of his career, moving him into a tie with Greg D’Alexander and Rodney Nye for third on the school’s career home run list.

Oral Roberts loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the fifth, but Hogan got Jimmy Lintt to foul out and David Castillo took a called third strike for the third out.

UA reliever and Tulsa native Josh Merryman worked 3 2/3 innings of relief for the Hogs but was chased when Holm blasted a solo home run to cut the Razorbacks’ lead to 4-2 and bring Rankin out of the bullpen. Holm’s home run was his second of the year.

The Razorbacks return to Baum Stadium to host Tennessee in a three-game Southeastern Conference series this weekend. Game times are set for 6:30 p.m. CT on Friday, 2 p.m. CT on Saturday and 1 p.m. CT on Sunday.

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