Fayetteville, Ark. – Fourth-ranked South Carolina pounded out 19 hits including seven doubles and three consecutive home runs to prevent a series sweep with a 10-2 victory over Arkansas Sunday afternoon.Arkansas dropped to 17-9 overall and 3-3 in the Southeastern Conference. South Carolina improved to 21-4 overall and 2-4 in the SEC.
Justin White (1-1) took the loss for Arkansas after surrendering three runs, all earned, on seven hits in four innings of work. White was one of five pitchers used by the Razorbacks on the day.
Matt Campbell (5-1) went the distance to earn the win. Campbell gave up only two runs, both unearned, on five hits with six strikeouts in nine innings of work.
The Razorbacks avoided an early deficit as White was able to work out of jam in the first inning. Bryan Triplett doubled to begin the game and moved to third on a sac bunt by Michael Campbell. White then struck out Steve Pearce and got Landon Powell to ground out to end the inning.
White kept the Gamecocks frustrated early as South Carolina stranded four runners through the first three innings of play.
South Carolina finally broke through in the fourth inning. Brendan Winn doubled to begin the inning and moved to third on a sac bunt. Davy Gregg brought him home with a sac fly to left.
The Razorbacks mounted their first scoring threat in the bottom of the fourth inning. Casey Rowlett walked to open the inning. Danny Hamblin then hit a ground ball to Triplett at short who threw wild to second attempting to get Rowlett.
Rowlett moved to third and Hamblin moved to second on the play. Haas Pratt tied the game with a ground out to second that scored Rowlett.
Still in the fourth, Blake Parker gave the Hogs the lead with a single to shallow right field that scored Hamblin.
The Gamecocks quickly regained the lead when Campbell blasted a two-run home run to center that gave South Carolina a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth.
Trey Holloway relieved White following Campbell’s home run. South Carolina made it three in a row when Pearce and Powell each hit solo home runs to left field following Campbell’s bomb. It pushed the South Carolina lead to 5-2.
The Gamecocks made it a 6-2 game in the sixth when David Cash scored from third on a double play hit by Campbell.
Powell gave the Gamecocks an 8-2 lead in the eighth with a single to right that scored Cash and Triplett. Powell’s hit was the 16th of the game for South Carolina.
Still in the eighth, Winn gave South Carolina a 9-2 advantage with a single up the middle that scored Powell. The Gamecocks would tack on one more run for the final 10-2 margin of victory.
Arkansas returns to action Tuesday against seventh-ranked Wichita State. First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m. at Baum Stadium.