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#4 Arkansas downs Texas Tech, 3-1

Arkansas starter Ryne Stanek struck out a career-high seven and allowed just one run in seven innings of work, while Sam Bates hit a two-run homer to lead the fourth-ranked Razorbacks to a 3-1 win over Texas Tech on Friday afternoon at Minute Maid Park in the first game of the Houston College Classic.
HOUSTON – Arkansas starter Ryne Stanek struck out a career-high seven and allowed just one run in seven innings of work, while Sam Bates hit a two-run homer to lead the fourth-ranked Razorbacks to a 3-1 win over Texas Tech on Friday afternoon at Minute Maid Park in the first game of the Houston College Classic.

The Razorbacks improves to 10-1 with the win, while Texas Tech is 8-2 after the loss.

Stanek was outstanding on the mound for the Razorbacks, earning his third win in as many starts. The sophomore from Overland Park, Kan., threw a season-long seven innings, giving up just one run on six hits. Stanek struck out a career-high seven batters and issued just one walk.

Barrett Astin came in and picked up his second save of the season, throwing two scoreless innings. Astin gave up one hit and struck out for in hits two innings. Astin has not allowed a run in 10 innings this year and has struck out 14.

Texas Tech starter Duke von Schamann suffered his first loss of the year to drop to 2-1. von Schamann allowed three runs and struck out seven in 7.1 innings.

Bates was the offensive star of the game for Arkansas, hitting his third homer of the season, a towering blast over the right field wall and into the second deck of Minute Maid Park. Bates finished the game with a pair of hits. Houston native Jake Wise had a team-high two hits, while Jacob Morris had a RBI for Arkansas.

Reid Redman had two hits and drove in the Red Raiders only run to lead Texas Tech at the plate.

Arkansas jumped on von Schamann in the opening frame, scoring a pair of runs with two outs. Dominic Ficociello lined a two-out single to center field to start the rally. Bates then launched a majestic blast into Minute Maid Park’s second deck for his team-leading third homer of the year to put the Razorbacks in front 2-0.

Arkansas stretched the lead to three with a run in the bottom of the fourth. Matt Reynolds led off the inning with a single and then stole second with one out. A single to right field by Wise advanced Reynolds to third. Morris then laid down a safety squeeze bunt up the first base line that allowed Reynolds to score the third run of the game.

Texas Tech got its only run of the contest in the sixth. With one out, Tim Proudfoot singled to right field and moved to second on a two-out single by Barrett Barnes. Redman followed with a single of his own to left field and Proudfoot was able to just beat Vinson’s throw to the plate to cut the Arkansas lead to 3-1.

The Red Raiders were able to put the tying run on base in the top of the ninth, but Astin was able to work out of the jam. Bo Altobelli drew a leadoff walk and Matt Eureste reached on an infield single. The Red Raiders could do no more as Astin struck out the next three batters he faced to preserve the win.

Arkansas is back in action on Saturday against Houston. First pitch at Minute Maid Park is set for 12:05 p.m.

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