FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After three straight one-run games, the Red team finally broke away and posted an 8-4 victory on Sunday afternoon, clinching the Fall World Series with a 3-1 series win.
Red’s eight runs were the biggest offensive output of the best-of-five series. The squad had hits from seven different players, including three from Luke Bonfield. The sophomore had nine hits in 18 at bats during the four games.
“Luke Bonfield had a very good series offensively and defensively,” said head coach Dave Van Horn. “I thought the series was really competitive until today. After the second or third inning, the Red team built up a pretty good lead. You could just kind of tell that the Red team was definitely the dominant team offensively.”
Timely pitching and fielding also contributed to the Red team’s success. The infield turned four double plays and there was noticeable improvement from Tucker Pennell and Alex Gosser, the two catchers behind the plate for the series.
“I think both catchers did a great job catching and throwing. They caught every game, every pitch. There wasn’t a passed ball the entire series. They did a pretty good job throwing out runners; that stands out to me a little bit,” Van Horn said.
Freshman pitcher Barrett Loseke continued his solid fall. He threw two scoreless innings and struck out two without allowing a hit, picking up the win. For the series, Loseke pitched five hitless frames and won two of Red’s three victories.
Sophomore Hunter Hart also threw well. He closed the game with three shutout innings and picked up his second save of the week. Hart allowed just one run in six innings during the Fall World Series.
Arkansas will finish the remainder of its fall practices this week. The season opener is scheduled for Feb. 19 at Baum Stadium against Central Michigan.
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