Blowout at Baum

No. 10 Hogs score 7 in third in­ning, bat­ter Longhorns 13-4.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - TOM MUR­PHY

FAYET­TEVILLE — The Arkansas Ra­zor­backs base­ball team gave its old South­west Con­fer­ence ri­val Texas a rude wel­come back to the Ozarks on Tues­day night.

The No. 10 Ra­zor­backs erupted for seven runs in the third in­ning and bat­tered the Longhorns 13-4 on a chilly night be­fore a crowd of 5,140 at Baum Sta­dium.

Jor­dan McFar­land drove in four runs, Eric Cole went 3 for 5 with three RBI and Casey Martin hit a wind-aided three-run home run to back Kacey Mur­phy (2-0).

The Univer­sity of Arkansas, Fayet­teville (12-4) won its sec­ond in a row over the Longhorns, who vis­ited the UA cam­pus for the first time since a three-game SWC se­ries in 1991.

“Over­all, I thought we played solid base­ball,” Arkansas Coach Dave Van Horn said.

“We didn’t make any mis­takes in the field. … It was a good win for us and we’ll go at it again to­mor­row.”

Arkansas matched its largest-ever vic­tory over Texas by the same score on March 31, 1984, in Austin, Texas. The Longhorns (9-8) lost their fourth game in a row.

Arkansas cranked out 13 hits against five Texas pitch­ers and drew six walks.

“First of all, we gave them too much,” Texas Coach David Pierce said. “We just gave them way too many free passes. They’re a very qual­ity team.

“Dave does such a great job. They pitch, play de­fense and have re­ally got some guys in the lineup that can hurt you if you don’t pitch them right. They did that tonight, so we have to bounce back and be ready to play them to­mor­row.”

The left-han­der Mur­phy gave up his first two earned runs of the sea­son in his third start on solo home runs in the fourth and fifth. Mur­phy al­lowed 5 hits and 2 runs and struck out 3 while throw­ing 78 pitches in 6 in­nings.

“I had a lot of con­fi­dence in all three pitches I threw,” said Mur­phy, a ju­nior from Rogers. “I re­ally worked on my change-up early and once I started see them jump that a lit­tle bit, I went right to the slider. I’ve been strug­gling with that pitch the past two games, so it re­ally was nice to see that pitch work­ing.”

Van Horn said Mur­phy de­liv­ered just what the staff wanted.

“He gave us six in­nings, he didn’t walk any­body, had three strike­outs, got us off to a good start throw­ing the ball over the plate,” Van Horn said.

D.J. Petrinksy launched two home runs for the Longhorns, the first two of his ca­reer, and drove in three runs. Zach Zu­bia hit a home run off the score­board in the fourth for the first earned run al­lowed by Mur­phy in his 14th in­ning of the year as Texas cut its deficit to 7-1.

Arkansas got to Beau Ridge­way (1-1) in the third. Jor­dan McFar­land walked on four pitches, then Car­son Shaddy hit a smash past short­stop on a hit-and-run play that trig­gered some er­rant throws by the Longhorns.

“The hit and run was ex­e­cuted per­fectly and that kind of got the bats rolling,” Cole said. “[Van Horn] al­ways says you can’t sit back and wait for a home run, so it was good to get the of­fense go­ing with­out home run af­ter home run.”

Left fielder Masen Hibbeler’s wild throw to third al­lowed Shaddy to scam­per to sec­ond and Ridge­way, who backed up the throw to third, sent one wide of sec­ond that al­lowed McFar­land to score the game’s first run.

Af­ter Martin struck out, Cole stroked a sin­gle to cen­ter to plate Shaddy. Luke Bon­field hit an RBI sin­gle, Fletcher launched a sac­ri­fice fly and McFar­land laced a three-run dou­ble to left field.

“I just tried to find a pitch I could drive to the out­field and do my best with it for sure,” said McFar­land, who has all of his nine RBI in the past two games.

Af­ter Texas pulled within 7-2 in the fifth, the Ra­zor­backs put the game away in the bot­tom of the in­ning, start­ing with McFar­land’s sin­gle to drive in Koch.

Martin’s home run was strange. The fresh­man from Lonoke stood at home plate through­out the hit as Hibbeler drifted into foul ter­ri­tory in the cor­ner track­ing the ball. The wind blew it back into fair ter­ri­tory and it hit about 10 feet up the foul pole to give the Hogs an 11-4 lead.

“It clipped the foul pole, which was pretty amaz­ing,” Van Horn said. “I haven’t seen one like that. … It usu­ally catches it hook­ing or go­ing out or on the line. But that ball clipped the foul pole on the way down as it was pushed back about 5 feet, so pretty amaz­ing. Ob­vi­ously that changed the game a lit­tle bit there.”

Cole was on deck to watch Martin’s home run.

“I thought there was no chance it was stay­ing fair, so I kind of gave up on it,” Cole said. “Then I saw the left fielder go to the side wall and come back, so I was like, ‘What is go­ing on?’”

The teams wrap up their two-game set at 4 p.m., to­day with Arkansas fresh­man left­hander Hunter Mil­li­gan (0-0, 0.00 ERA in three in­nings) fac­ing Texas fresh­man righthander Nico O’Don­nell (1-0, 2.13).

NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER

Arkansas cen­ter fielder Do­minic Fletcher dives to make a catch dur­ing the Ra­zor­backs’ vic­tory over Texas on Tues­day night at Baum Sta­dium in Fayet­teville.

NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER

Arkansas’ Jor­dan McFar­land slides safely into third base dur­ing Tues­day night’s game. McFar­land was 2 for 4 with 2 runs and 4 RBI.

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