FAYETTEVILLE – Down by three runs heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, the White team rallied for four runs and held on for a 6-5 win in the University of Arkansas baseball team’s annual Cardinal-White series at Baum Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The White squad put together 11 hits in the contest, led by junior outfielder Collin Kuhn who went 3-for-4 on the day with a run scored. Junior transfer Sam Bates was one of three other players on the White team to collect a pair of hits including a double in the bottom of the eighth which scored two runs.
"We’ve learned a lot about our team this fall," Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. "We have several holes to fill after losing four high draft picks after last season and are starting to see where guys will fit in."
The Cardinal squad was the first on the board with a single run in the second inning. A leadoff single by Franco Broyles was followed by a one-out error by the third baseman allowing runners to stand on the corners. A ground out by D.D. Bigham allowed Broyles to score to give Cardinal the early edge.
After a second 1-2-3 inning by Cardinal starter D.J. Baxendale, the visitors made it 2-0 when they manufactured a run following a leadoff walk. Carver worked the free pass on five pitches and advanced to second on a wild pitch. The junior then stole third and scored on a Bo Bigham single to center. What might have been a Cardinal rally ended on a double play ball to shortstop.
A big fourth inning for the Cardinal squad made it 5-0 as the visiting team on the scoreboard rallied for three runs on just two hits. A one-out single by Jimmy Bosco and a hit-by-pitch taken by Nolan Sanburn put two runners on base. Another out brought junior shortstop Time Carver to the plate and he delivered a two-RBI double to left field. Moments later, Carver would appear to get picked off trying to steal third base, but after a run-down, the Fayetteville native was able to slide back into second ahead of a tag. In the aftermath of the incident, Carver took off for third again as no one was covering the bag and an error allowed him to score uncontested for the third run.
The Cardinal team was rolling along behind Baxendale who tossed seven innings and allowed just two runs on eight hits with three strike outs. The sophomore faced the minimum through three innings and did not give up a run until the sixth when White scored on a sacrifice fly.
White was able to rally in the eighth off the Cardinal bullpen, scoring four runs on three hits and capitalizing on one Cardinal error. The inning began with a single by Kuhn and moved to second when a chopper over the mound by Matt Reynolds could not be handled. A walk loaded the bases with no outs leading to Bates’ two-run double. A ground out to second base scored the tying run and a sacrifice fly by Pierce Trumper proved to be the game-winning score.
The White bullpen was sensational in the win as it allowed just one hit over five innings. Zach Hall pitched 2.2 innings which began to hush the Cardinal attack and was followed by Cade Lynch, the winning pitcher and Randall Fant, who picked up the save.
The Cardinal-White series continues on Sunday with game two of the best of three series at 2:05 p.m.
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