Razorbacks Complete Sweep of Minnesota, 4-3
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas completed a three-game sweep of three-time defending Big 10 champion Minnesota on Sunday afternoon with a 4-3 win at Baum Stadium.
The 2,139 fans that braved the wet weather on Sunday helped the Razorbacks (9-1) set an opening-weekend record for attendance with 13,056 fans turning out for the series.
“I thought both teams played pretty well considering the wet field and the conditions,” Arkansas Head Coach Dave Van Horn said. “The difference for us was couple of big two-out hits. We drove in some people with two outs and that was big.”
John Marquardt, who was playing second base in place of an injured Scott Bridges, drove in the go-ahead run with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning with an RBI single to center field.
Marquardt went 2 for 3 on the day, while Danny Hamblin collected two hits for the second time this weekend and drove in one run.
Trey Holloway moved to 3-0 on the year with four innings of work out of the bullpen. He allowed only one hit and struck out two. Holloway has now thrown 12-scoreless innings in relief this season while allowing only five hits.
Casey Rowlett extended his hitting streak to 10 games in the bottom of the third inning with a RBI single up the middle. Rowlett’s single plated Clint Arnold, who led off the inning with a double in the left-center field gap, to give the Hogs an early 1-0 lead.
Danny Hamblin pushed the Razorbacks’ lead to 2-0 later in the inning with a two-out RBI double down the left-field line.
The Golden Gophers chased UA starter Josh Smith in the top of the fourth inning. Mike Mee’s two-RBI single to center field tied the score. Smith hit the next batter and was pulled for Sean Siebert. He got the first batter to pop out to shortstop and struck out the next to get out of the inning.
Smith pitched 3.1 innings and allowed two runs on three hits while striking out two.
The Hogs retook the lead in the bottom half of the fourth inning on Clint Arnold’s sacrifice fly to center field.
The Gophers tied it up in the sixth inning with an RBI double by Jake Elder. Holloway then came on to replace Seibert with runners on second and third base and no outs. He got the first batter he faced, Andy Hunter, to line out to Clay Goodwin at third, who touched third to double off the runner. Holloway then struck out pinch hitter Andy Carlson to end the inning.
The Razorbacks continue their six-game home stand with a three-game series next weekend with Illinois-Chicago visiting Baum Stadium. The series opens on Friday, March 4, with a 2:35 p.m. first pitch. Saturday and Sunday’s games are scheduled to start at 1:05 p.m.
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