College Baseball – After dropping their first game of the tournament Wednesday morning against Alabama, the Razorbacks were able to win their next two before being eliminated by Vanderbilt on Saturday.
Alabama put the Razorbacks into the loser’s Wednesday morning after taking a quick 5-0 lead in the first inning. Arkansas finally scored 3 in the 5th and added another in the 6th, but the Crimson Tide held on to win 7-4.
The Diamond Hogs took out their frustration on Mississippi State the next morning, scoring four runs in the first inning. The game was never in question and eliminated the Bulldogs with a 7-2 win.
Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn gave Bo Bigham a lot of credit for the quick start over Mississippi State. “I give credit to Bo Bigham in that first at-bat. He fouled off a lot of pitches and finally got a base hit. I think their starting pitcher threw 25 pitches before he got his first out. We did a good job going the other way, hitting some balls through the four hole and we weren’t trying to do too much. DJ (Baxendale) will tell you he didn’t have his best stuff. He was laboring out there, but now he’ll take seven or eight days off before getting ready for the next challenge.”
After eliminating the bulldogs on Thursday the Hogs took revenge on Alabama Friday afternoon. Freshman Razorback pitcher Ryne Stanek threw for a career-long 7.2 innings, giving up only one run on two hits. Stanek advanced to 3-2 on the season after leading the Hogs to a 4-1 win.
Vanderbilt took a one-run lead in the bottom of the first inning, and extended their lead after a two-run homerun gave Vandy a 3-0 lead. The Hogs challenged in the sixth and seventh innings when they were able to cut the lead to 3-2. That’s as close as it would get though.