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Baseball drops pair to No. 4 Arkansas, 5-3 and 6-0
Bearcats knock out All-American Hogs starter after five innings in opener
March 10, 2012Tweet
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.—No.4 Arkansas (14-2) pulled out a tight 5-3 game 1 before blanking visiting Binghamton (0-6) 6-0 to complete a doubleheader sweep Saturday afternoon at Baum Stadium.
In the opener, the teams combined for eight runs in the first five innings before the pitching took over for the final four scoreless frames. After jumping in front 1-0, BU surrendered three runs in the bottom of the first. But then the Bearcats clawed back with single runs in the third and fifth innings to tie it at 3-3. Arkansas scored the decisive runs, however, on a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Binghamton brought the tying run to the plate with two out in the ninth but a strikeout ended the threat and the game.
In the first, sophomore shortstop John Howell stroked a 1-out double and freshman catcher Jake Thomas followed with an infield single. Senior first baseman Dave Ciocchi then scored Howell with an RBI fielder’s choice ground ball.
The Razorbacks hit back-to-back home runs for the second straight game against BU to move ahead 3-1 in the bottom of the first. A one-out, two-run homer was followed by a solo shot as the No. 4 team in the nation again showed its offensive firepower.
Binghamton got one run back in the third inning when Howell hit a two-out single and moved to second on an error. Thomas then ripped a single to right that scored Howell to trim BU’s deficit to one, 3-2.
Thomas delivered again in the fifth inning to tie the game. Freshman left fielder Zach Blanden led off with a single and stole second. Sophomore leadoff hitter Bill Bereszniewicz walked and Howell put down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third. Thomas then plated Blanden with an RBI groundout to knot the game at 3-3.
Arkansas rebounded in their half of the fifth, however, with a leadoff double and two-run shot off junior starter Jay Lynch, who went 4.1 innings and allowed the five runs. Sophomore Jack Rogalla was outstanding in relief, going the final 3.2 shutout innings without allowing a hit.
Thomas wound up 2-for-4 with two RBI. Howell was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, Blanden went 2-for-3 with a run and Ciocchi collected an RBI.
The Bearcats chased All-American ace DJ Baxendale after five innings. Binghamton produced three runs off six hits against the Hogs’ No. 1 starter but only managed one hit over the final four innings.
In the nightcap, Arkansas tallied one run in the first, third and fourth innings and broke it open with three in the seventh. The Razorbacks outhit BU 8-4.
Sophomore left fielder Shaun McGraw went 2-for-3. Sophomore starter Jake Lambert lasted six innings and allowed three runs on six hits.
Binghamton heads to Philadelphia next weekend for the Big 5 Baseball Bash. There, BU will face St. Joseph’s (Fri.), Villanova (Sat.) and Temple (Sun.).