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SEMO Beats Arkansas 5-1; Hogs No-Hit Through S

BY ANDRES FOCIL
SEMO Beats Arkansas 5-1; Hogs No-Hit Through S

FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. – Southeast Missouri pitcher Tim Alvarez had a no-hitter broken up in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Indians posted a 5-1 victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks Tuesday night.
Alvarez gave up a lead-off single to left to Ryan Fox to open the bottom half of the seventh inning and surrendered just two additional hits over the next three innings to finish with a complete-game three-hitter for SEMO. Alvarez allowed just one run, earned, in going the distance on 135 pitches. Alvarez fanned seven and walked three and hit five batters including Michael Conner a record-tying three times.
Alvarez improved to 5-1 with the victory and upped SEMO’s record to 29-16 overall.
The Razorbacks fell to 28-22 with the loss and saw their three-game winning streak snapped. Scott Woods took the loss for Arkansas after allowing four runs, two earned, on four hits in three innings of work. Woods struck out two and did not walk a batter.
SEMO plated a run in the first inning when Denver Stuckey scored on a wild pitch from Woods that batter Vern Hatton swung at for strike three but reached after beating the throw to first.
The Indians took advantage of a pair of Arkansas miscues to tack on two more runs in the second inning. Brain Hopkins singled to open the inning. David Lawson then put down a sacrifice bunt that first baseman Brett Hagedorn fielded and threw into right field allowing the runners to move to second and third.
Ryan Fox attempted to throw Hopkins out at third after the error, but his throw went wide allowing Hopkins to score and Lawson to move to third. Eric Hoffman then hit a sacrifice fly to center to plate Lawson and give the Indians a 3-0 lead.
SEMO added another run in top of the third inning when Clemente Bonilla (double) scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Vern Hatton. The Indians made it a 5-0 game in the fourth inning on Stuckey’s RBI single deep in the hole at second that scored Lawson (single).
The Razorbacks plated their only run of the night in the seventh inning. Fox began the inning with a single and moved to second on a fielding error by leftfielder Brian Hopkins. Aaron Graves was hit by a pitch to give the Hogs two on with one out. After a fly out by Hagedorn, Luke Weatherford then doubled off the left-center wall to score Fox. Graves was gunned down at home plate on the play to end the inning.
Arkansas would get another single by Fox in the ninth inning, but would not get another runner in scoring position as Alvarez remained in control of the game.
Conner tied an Arkansas team record with three hit-by-pitches in the game. Conner tied the mark set by Jack Welsh who was hit three times by Centenary on March 1, 2000, and by Florida on March 25, 2000.
Arkansas and Southeast Missouri conclude the two-game set with a 5 p.m. game Wednesday at Baum Stadium.




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