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Hogs Top Billikens for 5th Straight Win

Hogs Top Billikens for 5th Straight Win
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Kyle Washburn had a career-high three hits to lead Arkansas to a 7-4 win over Saint Louis in Tuesday’s opener of a two-game series at Baum Stadium.

The win was the fifth in a row for the Razorbacks (10-6) while the Billikens (3-8) suffered their second-consecutive loss.

Jeremy Rankin (1-0) struck out four in four perfect innings in relief of UA starter Josh Merryman, who gave up two runs (earned) on four hits in two innings. Mitch Tisher recorded the final three outs of the game to earn his first save in two years at Arkansas. SLU starter Dan Shouse (1-2) suffered the loss after giving up six runs (earned) on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Saint Louis wasted no time against Merryman as Brian Haddock, Brandon Shockley and Nick Steiner started the game with three-straight singles. Haddock scored on Steiner’s single through the right side of the infield and Shockley crossed the plate when Adam Shea grounded into a double play.

The Hogs answered with three runs in the bottom of the first, including an RBI double by Washburn who scored on Brad Hagedorn’s infield single for a 3-2 UA lead.

Arkansas added a run in the fifth when Scott Crossett doubled and scored on Josh Newland’s single to right-center field. Newland finished the game with two hits and a game-high three RBI.

UA stretched its lead to 7-2 in the sixth when three-consecutive walks led to three runs, the last on a single by Washburn that scored pinch runner Bryan King.

After Jim Bredenkoetter reached on an error by Washburn at third base to lead off the top of the ninth, UA reliever Todd Henry gave up a single to Mike Orrico and beaned Jeremiah Harrington to bring Tisher out of the UA bullpen. Tisher struck out Paul Miles looking before SLU scored two runs on a bases-loaded walk and a groundout by Shockley. Steiner’s ground ball to Washburn ended the game.

UA junior outfielder Brian Kirby’s third-inning single extended his hitting streak to eight games, matching his career best.

The Razorbacks and Billikens conclude the series Wednesday at 4 p.m. Arkansas will open Southeastern Conference play this weekend with a three-game series against No. 25 Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn. Friday’s series opener between the Hogs and the Volunteers is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.

SUNDAY’S GAME TIME CHANGED: Game time for Sunday’s finale of the Arkansas-Tennessee series in Knoxville, Tenn., has been changed to 11 a.m. CT to accommodate the Razorbacks’ travel plans. The Razorbacks and Volunteers will play Friday at 6 p.m. CT and Saturday at 1 p.m. CT.

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