MINNEAPOLIS – Mike Rodriguez had three hits and Mike DiRosa hit his second home run of the tournament to lead No. 4 Miami (Fla.) to an 8-2 win over No. 21 Arkansas Sunday in game five of the Hormel Foods Baseball Classic at the H.H.H. Metrodome.
The Hurricanes (15-3), ranked No. 4 by Baseball America, extended their winning streak to a season-best six games and claimed the tournament title with a 3-0 record in the event. Ranked 21st by Collegiate Baseball, the Razorbacks (9-5) lost for the third time in four games.
Miami starting pitcher Tom Farmer (4-0) allowed two runs on nine hits, struck out six and walked one in seven innings to earn the victory. Arkansas starting pitcher Charlie Isaacson (2-2) gave up seven runs on nine hits, struck out eight and walked one in 5 2/3 innings and was charged with the loss.
Arkansas’ Scott Crossett matched a career high with four hits, the most by a Razorback in a game this season, and finished the tournament with five hits in seven at-bats.
The Razorbacks threatened in the top of the first when Cody Clark tripled with one out, but UM worked out of it when Clark was caught in a run-down on Brett Hagedorn’s grounder to third and Kyle Washburn struck out to end the inning.
UM took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI groundout by Kevin Brown and an RBI single by Kevin Mannix.
UA cut the deficit to 2-1 in the top of the second when Crossett beat out an infield single, stole second and scored on Aaron Graves’ single to center field.
Miami extended its lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the second on Charlton Jimerson RBI single and Marcus Nettles’ sacrifice fly to score Jimerson. The Hurricanes added another run in third when Mannix reached on a two-out error and came around to score on a passed ball.
The Hogs trimmed the lead to 5-2 in the top of the fourth when Crossett singled and scored on a fly ball by Graves that fell for a triple when UM right fielder Mannix lost sight of it against the Metrodome ceiling.
DiRosa gave Miami a 6-2 lead with a lead-off home run in the bottom of the fourth inning, his fourth of the year. UM added a run in the sixth on an RBI single by Rodriguez and another in the seventh on Jim Burt’s sacrifice fly to cap the scoring.
The loss snapped UA’s streak of four-consecutive wins against ranked opponents and kept the Hogs winless in four meetings with Miami.
The Razorbacks return to Baum Stadium to host Evansville Tuesday and Wednesday at 4 p.m. CT before traveling to Columbia, S.C., this weekend to open Southeastern Conference play against defending league champion South Carolina.