Hogs’ Tally 19 Hits and Five Homers in Blowout of Northwestern State

Infielders Casey Martin (left) and Jack Kenley (right) stand with kids for the National Anthem on March 31 against the Ole Miss Rebels.

 

The No. 6 Razorbacks buried Northwestern State 19-2 Tuesday night behind a 19-hit performance and a season-high five home runs.

The Razorbacks’ (31-10) offensive onslaught was spread throughout the lineup, as seven hitters recorded multiple hits in their sixth consecutive win. The Hogs’ season-high 19 runs came on 19 hits, which is the second-most in a game this year and their third game in a row with 10 or more hits.

The 7-8-9 hitters continue to rake for the Razorbacks, as junior utility player Jordan McFarland, redshirt senior catcher Zack Plunkett and freshman outfielder Curtis Washington Jr. went a combined 8-for-16 with five RBIs, four doubles and two homers. Plunkett had a career-high three doubles, and Washington Jr. had one as well. Washington Jr. and McFarland each hit their first home runs of the year, and Washington Jr.’s homer was his first as a Razorback.  

Sophomore outfielder Heston Kjerstad returned to action Tuesday, following a one-game suspension after his ejection in Friday night’s tilt against Mississippi State. Kjerstad went 3-for-4, and added his team-leading 10th home run of the season, a towering 417-foot shot to dead center in the third inning that extended the Hogs lead to 4-0. Junior second baseman Jack Kenley went back-to-back with Kjerstad’s hitting a solo shot that accounted for one of his three RBIs.

Junior outfielder Dominic Fletcher hit the fifth and final home run of the night, a two-run homer that made it 14-2 Hogs and capped off a five-run seventh inning. The Hogs added on five more runs in the next inning, and then the game ended as the rain became an issue in the ninth inning.  

Sophomore pitcher Kole Ramage started Tuesday, going a career-long five innings as he tied redshirt junior pitcher Isaiah Campbell for the team lead in wins with seven. He allowed one run on five hits and struck out five batters in an impressive start.

The Hogs play the finale of the two-game series against Northwestern State at 3 p.m. today at Baum-Walker Stadium.

They play the first of a three-game series against Tennessee at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Baum-Walker Stadium. The Saturday game is also at 6:30 p.m., and the Sunday game will start at 4 p.m.

 

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