FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Phil Warren had three hits and two RBI as Southeast Missouri State (1-2) denied Arkansas (3-1) a three-game sweep with an 8-7 win Sunday before a Baum Stadium crowd of 1,825.
Trailing 8-5 in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Razorbacks cut the lead to 8-7 on an RBI single by Greg Blum and a passed ball that scored Josh Newland from third base and moved pinch runner Payton Nelson to third with the potential tying run. Jeff Fletcher walked to put the potential winning run on base, but Indian reliever Jeffrey Hilz struck out Jeff Hoefler and pinch-hitter Travis McDaniel to end the game.
Ronnie Lewallen (1-0) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief to earn the victory for SEMO while Hilz, the loser in Friday’s series opener, struck out three in 1 2/3 innings to earn the save, his first of the season. Indians reliever Augie Casson held the Hogs to one run on three hits in three innings of middle relief.
Razorback starter Wes McCrotty (0-1) was roughed up in his second-straight outing and took the loss after giving up eight hits and six runs, including four in the first inning. Five UA relievers combined to limit the Indians to two runs on five hits over the last six innings.
Blum, Jack Welsh and Bryan King led the Razorbacks with two hits each.
Southeast Missouri State scored four runs in the first inning on four hits, including a two-run homer by Warren. UA answered with three runs in the bottom of the first on two hits and three walks, the first of 11 issued by SEMO pitching in the game.
Zach Borowiak’s RBI single in the second expanded the Indians’ lead to 5-3 before the Hogs’ Bryan King singled to open the bottom of the third and scored on Kyle Washburn’s double down the left-field line. Borowiak hit his first homer of the season to start the SEMO fourth, giving the Indians a 6-3 edge.
Despite getting the lead-off batter on base in fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings, the Razorbacks could not cut into SEMO’s three-run lead. The Indians widened the gap with two runs in the top of the eighth for an 8-4 advantage.
The victory was the Indians’ first in five games all-time against the Razorbacks and ended the Hogs’ streak of three-game home series sweeps at four.
The Razorbacks travel to Arlington, Texas, this weekend to participate in the UTA Invitational. UA will face Washington State on Friday, Texas-Arlington on Saturday and Nebraska on Sunday. Game time for Friday’s game against the Cougars is set for noon (CT).