LSU Completes Sweep of Razorbacks, 6-0
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – LSU shutout Arkansas for the second straight day with a 6-0 win in front of 7,486 fans at Baum Stadium Sunday afternoon to complete a three-game sweep of the Razorbacks.
The Tigers’ Greg Smith threw a complete game eight-hitter to improve to 6-2 on the season. He struck out three and did not allow a runner past second base all day.
The weekend series drew a SEC-series record with 26,007 tickets sold, breaking the previous mark of 25,868 held by Mississippi State. Arkansas’ actual attendance for the weekend was 25,073.
The loss dropped the Razorbacks to 31-11 on the season and 8-11 in SEC play. LSU improved to 29-13 overall and 10-8 in league action. The sweep marked the first time the Hogs had been swept at Baum Stadium since Mississippi did it during the 2003 season.
“The LSU pitcher did a really good job,” Arkansas Head Coach Dave Van Horn said. “They (LSU) outplayed us from the 4th inning on Friday on.”
The Tigers held Arkansas scoreless for the final 23 straight innings of the series. The back-to-back shutouts marked the first time that has happened to the Hogs since LSU accomplished the feat on April 26-27, 2002.
Starter Lee Land pitched 2.1 innings and absorbed the first loss of his collegiate career. He allowed one run on three hits, but walked four on 73 pitches. Daryl Maday came on and pitched 3.1 innings before Charley Boyce entered the game with the bases loaded and two outs in a 1-0 game in the sixth inning.
Boyce immediately got a LSU slugger Ryan Patterson to bounce a ground ball to Clay Goodwin at third base. But Goodwin was unable to field the ball cleanly, allowing one run to score and the inning to stay alive. The next batter, Nick Stavinoha, ripped a two-RBI double down the left-field line to score two more runs and give the Tigers a 4-0 lead.
Clint Arnold led the way with half of the Razorbacks hits, going 4-for-4.
LSU tacked on a run off Boyce in the eighth inning and another off reliever Josh Smith in the ninth inning. Boyce worked 2.1 innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out two.
The Razorbacks return to action on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. against Oral Roberts at Baum Stadium.
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