LSU Completes Sweep of Hogs With 13-5 Sunday V
BY ANDRES FOCIL
BATON ROUGE, LA. – The LSU Tigers rallied from a 3-1 deficit to post a 13-5 victory over Arkansas Sunday afternoon to complete a three-game sweep of the Razorbacks.
Arkansas dropped to 23-18 overall and 7-11 in the Southeastern Conference.
LSU improved to 30-15 overall and 12-8 in the SEC. The Tigers have now won 11 consecutive games over Arkansas in Baton Rouge.
Jake Thompkins earned the win to move to 3-0 on the year. Thompkins went three and two-thirds innings giving up four hits and two runs, both earned. Scott Woods took the loss to drop to 5-1 after allowing two runs, earned, on three hits in one inning of relief work of starter Gary Hogan, Jr.
For the third straight day, LSU scored the first run of the game. J.C. Holt singled and moved to third on Wally Pontiff’s single through the right side. Sean Baker then brought Holt home with a sacrifice fly to center for a 1-0 LSU lead.
The Razorbacks got their first run of the series in the top of the second inning. Michael Conner hit a line drive over the left-center fence for his 12th home run of the year. The run tied the game and snapped a 19-inning scoreless drought for the Razorbacks.
Arkansas took its first lead of the series with a run in the top of the third inning. Scott Hode singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kirk McConnell. A single by Scott Bridges put runners on the corners with one out. Nick Pitts then drove in the go ahead run with a ground out to short.
Cody Clark gave the Razorbacks a 3-1 lead with an RBI single in the fourth inning. Conner walked to begin the inning and moved to second on a passed ball. After Conner stole third, Clark laced a 3-2 pitch into shallow center to score Conner and give the Hogs a two-run lead.
LSU pulled within one run at 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Holt tripled to center to begin the inning and came in to score on a single through the right side by Hill. LSU threatened to push more across the plate when Hogan walked Pontiff to put two on with only one out.
Relief pitcher Scott Woods came in and retired Barker (strikeout) and Heath (flied out) to end the LSU scoring threat.
The Tigers regained the lead in the sixth inning. Phillips drove in Gill (single) with a base knock to left to tie the game at 3-3. With two on and one out, Scott Roehl relieved Woods and forced an out on a fielder’s choice. Roehl then walked consecutive batters to force a run home and give LSU a 4-3 lead.
LSU increased its lead to 6-3 in the seventh. Heath singled to lead-off the inning. Hahn then took a 1-1 pitch deep to right-center that bounced off the top of the fence and went out of the park for a two-run home run. It was Hahn’s second long ball of the season.
Arkansas wasted a scoring opportunity in the eighth inning. Andrew Wishy singled to center to begin the inning. Jeff Fletcher and Scott Hode walked with one out to load the bases. But, Thompkins forced McConnell and Bridges to pop out to end the inning and deny the Hogs.
LSU exploded for seven runs on seven hits in the eighth to break open a close game and take a 13-3 lead. The Razorbacks scratched out a pair of runs in the ninth for the final 13-5 margin.
The Razorbacks return to action Tuesday with a 6:30 p.m. game against Oral Roberts at Baum Stadium.
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