Tigers Out Slug Hogs 17-11 in Series Finale
BY ANDRES FOCIL
BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU pounded out 16 hits and scored 17 runs to out-slug Arkansas 17-11 in SEC baseball action on Sunday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium.
The Tigers (26-10, 10-4 SEC) completed a three-game sweep with the victory and earned LSU head coach Skip Bertman his 800th win in the process. Arkansas (15-20, 2-11 SEC) dropped its eight-straight decision including its 11th straight SEC loss.
LSU took an early lead with a four-run first inning including a two-run home run off the bat of Mike Fontenot. The Razorbacks bounced back with single runs in the second, third and fourth to cut the lead to one. The Tigers then posted six runs in the fourth inning to extend the lead to 10-3.
Arkansas chipped away again scoring three runs in the fifth, a single run in the sixth and two runs in the seventh to make it 10-9. LSU answered with two runs in the bottom of the seventh before Arkansas cut the lead back to one run with two in the top of the eighth.
The Tigers iced the game in the bottom of the eighth scoring five runs before the game was called due to Arkansas’ travel curfew. In SEC games on Sunday a travel curfew is set before the game with the contest being called after the allotted time.
Razorback senior Greg Blum was the Hogs’ top hitter earning three RBI on two hits including his fourth home run of the year. Bryan King and Brian Kirby each earned three hits and an RBI while Scott Crossett and Kyle Washburn each earned two hits and two runs batted in.
LSU’s Jason Scobie (1-0) picked up the win after tossing one scoreless inning of relief. Razorback starter Mike Moriarity (2-2) was charged with the loss after allowing seven runs in just three innings.
Arkansas will travel to Tulsa, Okla. on Tuesday night to battle the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles. The Hogs return to SEC play next weekend when Alabama visits Fayetteville.
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