FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas scored five runs in the fifth inning and four in the sixth en route to a 12-4 win over 15th-ranked Long Beach State Saturday at Baum Stadium.
UA starter Charlie Isaacson (1-1) struck out six and gave up four runs on four hits in five innings to earn his first win of the season as the Razorbacks (3-2) snapped a four-game losing streak against the 49ers (4-3) before a crowd of 1,006.
Scott Woods faced the minimum 12 batters in four innings of hitless, scoreless relief for the Hogs to earn his first save at Arkansas. LBSU starter Matt Paz (1-2) yielded five runs on five hits in four innings and was charged with the loss.
The 49ers took a 4-1 lead in the top of the fourth on a two-run single by Chris Wright and a two-run double by Bryan Kennedy. Arkansas trimmed the lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the inning on an RBI groundout by Nick Pitts and a balk by Paz that scored Michael Conner from third base.
A leadoff double by Jeff Hoefler in the fifth inning sparked the Hogs’ five-run inning. Kyle Washburn’s single plated Hoefler for the tying run before UA took the lead on LBSU reliever Jason Berni’s bases-loaded walk to Pitts. Scott Crossett followed with a two-run single that extended his career-best hitting streak to 16 games before Berni balked with Pitts on third to give UA an 8-4 lead.
Arkansas stretched the lead to eight with four runs in the bottom of the sixth, two on Pitts’ double to right-center field.
The victory over the 49ers, ranked 15th by Collegiate Baseball, was Arkansas’ third in a row over a ranked opponent. The Razorbacks closed their 2000 home schedule with a pair of wins over No. 1 South Carolina in their last meetings against a ranked team.
The series, shortened to two games by Friday’s rainout, will conclude Sunday at noon CT. Chad Bentz (0-1) will start for the 49ers while Wes McCrotty (2-0) will start for the Razorbacks.