McNeese State Rallies Past Arkansas 14-9
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – McNeese State broke open a tie game with six runs in the top of the ninth inning to come away with a 14-9 victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks Saturday afternoon at Baum Stadium.
McNeese State catcher Ran Prince went 6-for-6 with three doubles to help power the Cowboys to the come-from-behind victory.
Arkansas dropped to 8-4 with the loss, while McNeese State improved to 8-5. Razorback relief pitcher Josh Merryman (1-1) took the loss after allowing two earned runs on two hits. McNeese State’s Jared Gothreaux (2-1) earned the win after throwing four innings in relief and giving up two runs on four hits.
McNeese State put up two runs in the first inning on Arkansas starter Scott Roehl. Tommy Eubanks hit a two-run home run with one out to give the Cowboys the early lead.
Arkansas, however, answered with five unearned runs on two McNeese State errors in the bottom of the inning. Jeff Fletcher scored after a fielding error at second base for the first run. Nick Pitts then singled home Ryan Fox to tie the game at 2-2.
Clay Goodwin doubled to drive in Michael Conner and Pitts and later scored during a rundown to give the Hogs a 5-2 lead.
McNeese State tied the game with three runs in the top of the third inning. The Cowboys doubled twice in the inning to tie the score at 5-5.
The Razorbacks again answered with a run in the bottom of the third when Conner scored on a wild pitch.
After scoring a run in the top of the fifth and sixth innings, McNeese State led 7-6 before the Razorbacks rallied. Scott Bridges tripled to plate Brady Toops and later scored on a passed ball to give the Razorbacks an 8-7 advantage.
McNeese State scored the tying run in the top of the eighth after a pair of singles and a fielding error put runners on first and third. Tommy Eubanks drove in the tying run with a fielder’s choice.
The Cowboys then exploded for six runs in the top of the ninth to seal the victory. McNeese State got two home runs and two doubles in the inning en route to the victory.
The game marked the first time this season the Razorbacks’ bullpen had failed to hold a lead after the seventh inning. Combined, Arkansas relief pitchers gave up nine runs, seven earned, on 12 hits in six innings of work.
Arkansas and McNeese State will meet Sunday at 1 p.m. in the third game of the series. The Arkansas Baseball Network goes on the air at 12:40 p.m.
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