Flipping the Birds
Tulsa, Okla. – Scott Hode and Stephen Robison drove in three runs apiece to lead the No. 12 Arkansas Razorbacks to an 8-4 win against No. 14 Oral Roberts on Tuesday night.
Arkansas improved to 30-13 overall, while Oral Roberts dropped to 33-8 with the loss.
Ryan Lennerton (1-2) earned the win in relief of starter Justin White. Lennerton pitched three innings, allowing three runs, all earned, on three hits with five strikeouts and one walk on 46 pitches. Rene Recio (1-2) took the loss for the Golden Eagles after giving up five runs, three earned, on four hits in one inning of work. Recio walked two and struck out two on 39 pitches.
Hode gave the Razorbacks a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with a double to the wall in left-center. Danny Hamblin (walk) and Clay Goodwin (single) scored on the play. Scott Bridges made it a 3-0 game when he followed with a single up the middle to score Hode from second base.
Still in the first, Brett Hagedorn walked and Blake Parker reached on an error to load the bases for Stephen Robison who singled up the middle to score two runs and push the lead to 5-0.
Hode made it a 6-0 game with a solo home run to left in the top of the second inning. It was Hode’s seventh home run of the season and first since April 17, against Vanderbilt.
The Razorbacks pushed across two more runs in the top of the third. Robison hit a ground ball that third baseman Jon Tackett booted, which allowed Hagedorn (walk) to score from third. A wild pitch with the bases loaded allowed Parker to score and gave the Hogs an eight run lead. Lennerton relieved White in the third inning and sat down seven straight before allowing a one-out single in the bottom of the fifth.
ORU broke the shutout when Grant Plumley doubled home Brain Hanson (walk) with no outs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Lennerton was pulled following the double for Zach Butler. Butler walked the first batter he faced to load the bases with no outs. A wild pitch allowed another run to score and cut the Arkansas lead to 8-2. A ground out to second by Ricky Rivera scored Plumley from third to make it an 8-3 game with one out and a runner at second. Butler was able to work out of the jam when he got Tackett to hit into an inning-ending double play.
Boyd Goodner relieved Butler in the seventh and recorded a pair of outs before giving up a RBI single to Josh Lex. Matt Van Der Bosch (fielder’s choice) scored on the play to make it an 8-4 game.
Goodner ended the ORU rally when he got Plumley to fly out to center to end the inning.
Oral Roberts mounted a rally in the bottom of the ninth as the Golden Eagles loaded the bases on reliever Caton Hall.
Hall was able to finish the game on a fly out to center by Plumley without a run scoring.
Arkansas returns to action this weekend with a home series against No. 23 Tennessee.
Game one is set for 7:05 p.m. Friday at Baum Stadium.