BATON ROUGE, La. – Ryan Jorgansen went 4-for-5 with five RBI to lead No. 10 LSU to an 17-11 win over Arkansas on Sunday, completing the Tigers’ sweep of a three-game Southeastern Conference series at Alex Box Stadium.
The game was halted with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning due to time restrictions imposed to accommodate Arkansas’ travel arrangements.
The Tigers (26-10, 10-4 SEC) won their sixth-consecutive game and earned head coach Skip Bertman his 800th career victory. The Razorbacks (15-20, 2-11 SEC) matched a school record with their eighth loss in a row and saw their school-record losing streak in league games extended to 11.
The last of five LSU pitchers, Jason Scobie (1-0) was credited with the win with after coming out of the bullpen to record all three outs in the top of the eighth inning. Scobie gave up one hit and struck out one in his inning of work.
UA starter Mike Moriarity (2-3) took the loss after givingup seven runs (earned) on nine hits in three innings. Moriarity walked one and struck out one.
Mike Fonetenot’s two-run home run helped the Tigers to a 4-0 lead after one inning, but the Hogs scored single runs in the second, third and fourth to cut the lead to 4-3. LSU answered in the bottom of the fourth with two-run single by Ryan Theriot and a grand slam by Brad Hawpe for a 10-3 lead.
Arkansas trimmed the lead to 10-9 with six unanswered runs, the last two on Greg Blum’s home run in the seventh. But Jorgensen’s two-run double in the bottom of the inning widened the gap to 12-9.
UA’s Kyle Washburn added a two-run single in the top of the eighth to cut the lead to 12-11. LSU put the game away with five runs in the bottom of the eighth, including another two-run double by Jorgensen and a two-run triple by Ray Wright and a throwing error that allowed right to score for the final 17-11 margin.
Brian Kirby and Bryan King led the Hogs with three hits each.
The Razorbacks will try to snap their eight-game skid Tuesday when they travel to Tulsa, Okla., to face Oral Roberts at 6:30 p.m. CT. Arkansas will host SEC Western Division rival Alabama in a three-game SEC series at Baum Stadium beginning with Friday’s 6:30 p.m. CT contest.