College Station, Texas – Despite leaving 12 men on base the Arkansas Razorbacks scored the runs when it counted and knocked off the 14th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies before more than 7,00 fans at Olsen Stadium.Arkansas improved to 10-2 overall while the Aggies dropped to 10-1 with the loss.
The Razorbacks close out the Dominos Pizza Aggie Classic with a pair of Sunday games. The Hogs take on the Aggies at 11 a.m. in the first game and finish with a 3 p.m. game against New Mexico.
Charley Boyce (2-0) earned the win after giving up four runs, three earned, on six hits in seven innings of work. Boyce fanned four and did not issue a walk.
Zach Buter pitched the eighth and ninth innings surrendering just one hit and one walk to earn his third save of the season.
Kevin Whelan (0-1) took the loss in relief of starter Justin Moore. Whelan allowed three runs, all earned, on three hits with one walk in one and one-third innings of work. Moore pitched five innings, giving up three runs, all earned, on eight hits with three walks and five strikeouts.
The Razorbacks got on the scoreboard early when Clay Goodwin singled home Kern Watts in the bottom of the first inning. Watts walked and went to second on a single up the middle by Jake Dugger.
Haas Pratt made it a 2-0 game with a single just pass the first baseman that plated Dugger.
After being stymied for the first two innings by Boyce, the Aggies found a groove in the third inning.
Craig Stinson singled and scored on a double to center by Austin Boggs. A ground out moved Boggs to third and Cliff Pennington brought him home with a single to center to tie the game at 2-2.
Pennington moved to third when Boyce threw wild to first in attempt to pick him off. Cory Patton grounded out to second to score Pennington and give the Aggies a 3-2 lead.
The Razorbacks tied the game in fifth on Brett Hagedorn’s two-out double to center that scored Pratt who was hit by a pitch.
Texas A&M quickly regained the lead. Pennington doubled to begin the sixth inning and scored on a seeing-eye single up the middle that just went under the glove of Scott Bridges who made a diving stab from his second base position.
The Razorbacks got the tying run to third base in the seventh when Toops led off the bottom of the inning with a double and advanced on a fly out to right by Hagedorn. Matt Fry then tied the game with a single through the left side to plate Toops.
Still in the seventh, the Razorbacks loaded the bases with one out and Watts singled to center off Meyer to score Fry and Day to give the Hogs a 6-4 advantage.
The Razorbacks escaped disaster in the top of the eighth. Butler began the inning on the mound and gave up a walk and single to the first two batters.
Pennington then put down a bunt that Butler fielded and threw to third for the force out. Butler then got Patton to hit into a double play to end the inning with the Hogs holding a two run lead.
Butler set the Aggies down in order in the ninth to preserve the victory and hand A&M its first loss of the season.