Arkansas 5, New Orleans 2 (Final)

First – Arkansas starter Kacey Murphy allowed two walks in the top of the first, but did not score. New Orleans starter Christopher DeMayo did the same in the bottom of the frame. The Hogs popped out three times to the rightfiender as the first inning was goose eggs for both sides.

Second – Murphy walked the lead-off man in the second and fell behind 2-0 on the next batter. But he came back to get Hezekiah Randolph on strikes, then got Jay Robinson on a double play grounder to short to end the New Orleans second.

Arkansas stranded one in the bottom of the second. Eric Cole opened the at bat with a single to left. Jared Gates, in his first at bat as a Razorback, struck out but not before getting in some hacks. He fouled a liner to the seats in left, then drove one out of the park to the right side, but foul. Jordan McFarland popped out to left and Jax Biggers hit a low smash the first baseman snared on one hop and beat him to the bag.

Third – Orynn Veillon struck out swinging. Aaron Palmer lined up a double to the gap in right center, then was caught stealing when Grant Koch put the throw inches from the bag. Samuel Capielano walked and Dakota Dean lined a single to center. That ended Murphy’s night. Barrett Loseke came on to pitch for the Hogs. Tristan Clarke was called out to end the inning.

Arkansas took the lead in the third. Arledge walked for the second time. Spanberger popped out at the plate. Bonfield singled to left with Arledge motoring to third. Grant Koch doubled down the line in left to score Arledge with Bonfield going third. Shaddy hit a liner to the shortstop for the second out of the inning. Cole was out on a slicing fly to deep right to end the third. It’s Arkansas, 1-0.

Fourth – Magee lined a single off Gates’ knee at third. He was erased on a double play grounder to Biggers. Randolph ended the UNO fourth on a grounder to Shaddy.

Gates was out on a liner to center. McFarland was out on a bouncer to third. Biggers bounced a single through the middle for a single. Arledge walked for the third time. Spanberger ended the inning with a towering fly ball to center.

Fifth – UNO went 1-2-3. Palmer roped a liner to right, but Cole made a running catch to his left to end the Privateers’ inning.

In the bottom of the inning, Bonfield hit a double to left center. Koch followed with a two-run homer into the Arkansas bullpen. He was called out on a 3-2 pitch on a foul ball pop that the catcher caught – but off the screen. Home plate umpire Greg Harmon called him out, but after a protest by Dave Van Horn, it was correctly ruled that the ball had glanced off the top of the net.

Sixth – Loeske worked around a one-out walk. He struck out Clarke and Magee to end the inning.

The Hogs added a run without a hit to make it 4-0. Biggers was hit by pitch, then moved around on two passed balls and a wild pitch by reliever Connor Kaucic.

Seventh – Matt Cronin relieved for Arkansas. He was done after a four-pitch walk, all well out of the zone. Jake Reindl relieved. Randolph was out on a fly ball to deep left. Robinson reached on an infield hit, a tapper Gates tried to bare hand and throw on the charge. It was wild on a tough try. Veillon walked to load the bases. The Privateers got their first run on a tapper to Gates at third, another infield hit for an RBI. Capielano was out swinging, but the ball in the dirt slipped past Koch for a run to make it 4-2. Weston Rogers relieved. Gates made a nice play near the line and well behind third base to throw out Dakota Dean for the final out of the inning.

UNO went to the bullpen for Riley Hodge. He struck out Koch and Shaddy. Cole ended the inning with a grounder to second.

Eighth – Rogers got the Privateers 1-2-3. The UNO eighth started with pinch-hitter Jared McKay’s bounce out to Shaddy. Magee went down on called strike three. Cable popped out to Shaddy.

In the UA eighth, Gates went down swinging. McFarland bounced out to short. Biggers hit a solo homer into the UNO bullpen in right field, his second of the season. Arledge singled to center, then was thrown out stealing.

Ninth – Rogers worked a 1-2-3 ninth to get the Hogs a victory.

Attendance is 2,626.

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