FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – An eighth-inning rally for the second straight day gave the White team a 6-3 series-clinching win in the University of Arkansas baseball team’s annual Cardinal-White series at Baum Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Taking advantage of the Cardinal bullpen, the White squad scored three runs on three hits in their half of the eighth inning to pull away from their opponents who rallied to tie the game at three in the previous half inning. Freshman Pierce Trumper delivered the game-winning hit, a single with the bases loaded on a 2-1 pitch. Freshman Eric Fisher followed with a single of his own to make it a two-run lead and the rally was capped with a bases-loaded walk by freshman Jacob Rice.
"I thought this game was really competitive through seven innings," Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. "The Cardinal team did a good job to score in the bottom of the seventh to tie it up, but their bullpen let them down. White did what they needed to do to win the game."
Sunday’s game started with fireworks as the White team placed two runs on the board in the top half of the first inning on a home run by Jarrod McKinney. The blast was the only long ball of the two-game series and scored Reynolds who walked to get on base. The shot by McKinney sailed over the 375 sign in left-center field and had the White squad primed for a two-game sweep of the series.
Cardinal came back with a single run in the bottom of the first. James McCann reached on a fielder’s choice then stole both second and third base and scored on a throwing error by the White team’s catcher.
After the first-inning runs, both starting pitchers, Ryne Stanek for Cardinal and Geoffrey Davenport for White, settled in and posted zeros on the scoreboard. Neither team would threaten for the next five innings with Stanek retiring eight straight at one point and Davenport sitting down 10-in-a-row.
Following Stanek’s removal from the contest due to his pitch count in the seventh, the White squad pushed one run across the plate to make it a 3-1 contest, following a one-out walk and single by Reynolds who ended the day 3-for-4 at the plate with one run scored, one RBI, a double and a triple.
Cardinal rallied with two outs in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at three. A single to left center by Dominic Ficociello and walk to Jacob Morris allowed Jimmy Bosco to drive in one run with a single to right field. Nolan Sanburn then singled to left to score Morris.
White’s rally in the eighth gave it the lead and was held by sophomore lefties Zach Hall and Randall Fant. Hall picked up the win while Fant earned his second save. In the series, Hall, a Springdale, Ark., native, pitched four innings in two appearances and allowed just one hit. Sunday’s starting pitchers combined for 13 innings pitched with 11 hits, three earned runs and 10 strikeouts with just two walks.
The Razorbacks now begin their off season with individual meetings with the coaching staff, small group and individual instructional workouts and time in the weight room scheduled for the rest of the fall semester.
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