FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas baseball team (10-7) defeated Grambling State (3-16) on Tuesday by a final score of 4-3 in Baum Stadium.
The Razorbacks scored four runs in the third inning and held the Tigers without a run until the eighth inning. Arkansas sent 10 batters to the plate during the third, which began with leadoff hitter Clark Eagan’s single. Grambling scored two runs in the eighth and another in the ninth before a lineout with runners on the corners ended the game.
Sophomore Colin Poché (1-0) earned his first win of the season with a season-long 4.0 innings pitched. The Flower Mound, Texas, native recorded three strikeouts, tying his season high, and allowed just one hit while operating under a pitch count. He retired the final 11 batters he faced after two runners reached base with one out in the first inning. Freshman James Teague was called on in relief and stretched the consecutive outs streak to 17 with 2.0 perfect innings. Freshman Zach Jackson was credited with his first collegiate save by finishing off the final two outs in the top of the ninth.
At the plate, sophomore Bobby Wernes led the way with a 2-for-4 day that included a career-high two RBI. Redshirt freshman Blake Baxendale also recorded two hits, finishing the game 2-for-3, and junior Eric Fisher added an RBI. Sophomore Michael Bernal was hit by a pitch in two of his four at bats and made multiple spectacular plays at shortstop, including a diving stop behind the second base bag to end the sixth inning.
The Razorbacks and Tigers return to Baum Stadium for the series finale Wednesday at 3:05 p.m. Arkansas then returns to SEC play by hosting Alabama in a three-game series Friday-Sunday with game times set for 6:35 p.m. Friday, 2:05 p.m. Saturday and 1:05 p.m. Sunday. Sunday’s game will be broadcast live on CST.
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Coach Van Horn Quotes
Head Coach Dave Van Horn (on RHP-Colin Poché and RHP-James Teague) – “Poché did a good job with his fastball. I think he would tell you that he didn’t have his other stuff today. Teague came in and threw the ball hard. I thought they both did a good job for us.”
Head Coach Dave Van Horn (on playing a different lineup) – “We had some young players out there and hopefully they learn from the experience. It was more about getting guys rest, but we also needed to get young guys some experience. I think we will probably play more of the starters tomorrow.”
· The Razorbacks were hit by four pitches during the game and have been hit by 33 pitches this season with at least one hit by pitch in 14 of 17 games and multiple hit by pitches in nine games. Tyler Spoon and Michael Bernal were hit by a pitch in the third inning, Blake Baxendale was pegged in the fourth, and Bernal was hit again in the eighth. Last season, Arkansas was hit by a pitch 36 times in 61 games.
· Michael Bernal was hit by a pitch twice in Tuesday’s game. He entered the day leading the SEC in hit by pitches per game and has now been hit eight times in 14 games played.
· True freshman Zach Jackson has pitched 15.1 innings this season without allowing an earned run. Jackson recorded the final two outs Tuesday for his first collegiate save.
· True freshman James Teague pitched 2.0 perfect innings with two strikeouts in his second appearance of the season.
· Arkansas has scored 88 runs this season with 44 coming between the first and fourth innings and 44 between the fifth and ninth.
· Arkansas improved to 10-0 when scoring first, 9-0 when leading after six innings and 10-0 when leading after seven.
· The Razorbacks improved to 8-2 this season at home and to 2-0 all-time against Grambling State.
How They Scored
· Arkansas 1, Grambling State 0; Bottom 3rd: Eric Fisher singled to right field to score Clark Eagan from third base.
· Arkansas 3, Grambling State 0; Bottom 3rd: Bobby Wernes singled to center field to score Tyler Spoon from third base and Eric Fisher from second base.
· Arkansas 4, Grambling State 0; Bottom 3rd: Michael Bernal was hit by pitch to score Michael Gunn from third base.
· Arkansas 4, Grambling State 1; Top 8th: Chris Minter singled up the middle to score Dion Holbrook from third base.
· Arkansas 4, Grambling State 2; Top 8th: Edwin Drexler stole home on a double steal.
· Arkansas 4, Grambling State 3; Top 9th: Brandon Kiser scored from third base on a wild pitch.