No. 17 Arkansas Rides First Inning To 8-3 Win
April 17, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Bobby Loveless went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer, but that was all the offense SFA could put together as Arkansas pounded out 17 hits off three Lumberjack pitchers and rode a four-run first inning to a 8-3 win in the opener of a doubleheader at Baum Stadium.
Reid Landers dropped to 0-2 with the loss, allowing six runs on 10 hits in just over two innings of work in his first start of the season. Cody Priest and Kevin Bishop also saw action with Priest striking out three and allowing two runs in four innings of relief, while Bishop allowed just two hits in his two innings of work.
Randall Fant picked up his second win of the year to move to 2-2, punching out four in a three-inning start. Chris Oliver was the only Razorback arm to allow any runs, giving up Loveless' homer in the fourth before handing the ball to Trent Daniel, who tossed four shutout innings for his first save of the year.
SFA had no answer for Sam Bates, who finished 4-for-5 on the day, producing RBI hits in each of his first four at-bats behind Dominic Ficociello, who had three hits and an RBI himself.
The Razorbacks batted around in the first inning, coming alive for four runs on five hits off of Landers. None were for extra bases, but Ficociello, Bates and Micahel Gunn all delivered RBI singles as the Hogs gave Fant an early four-run cushion.
Bates added another RBI single in the second, and Brian Anderson got one in the third to make it 6-0 after Cody Priest had inherited a pair of runners on with none out in the inning. Arkansas had the bases loaded with no outs in the inning, but Priest minimized the damage by getting a strikeout of Jacob Morris and Matt Reynolds to hit into a double play.
Loveless surged the `Jacks back into the game in the top of the fourth, blasting a three-run homer - his fifth of the year - into the right-field bullpen off of reliever Chris Oliver after Hunter Dozier and Jarid Scarafiotti had each reached to open the inning.
But Arkansas answered with two more RBI hits from Bates, an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth and his fourth hit of the day, an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth that scored Jacob Morris who had reached on a leadoff double.