The Razorback baseball team took down the Rhode Island Rams 5-2 in game one of the Hogs’ doubleheader Friday.
The Razorbacks struck first in the second when freshman outfielder Dominic Fletcher hit a two-out home run, his fourth of the season.
The game took a bizarre turn in the fourth inning after a leadoff single by Rhode Island’s Jordan Powell.
After a Martin Figueroa single, Matt O’Neil hit into what appeared to be a fielder’s choice, but the umpire called interference on the runner sliding into second.
Mike Corin doubled after that making the game 2-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth.
Rhode Island pitcher Tyler Wilson lost control in the bottom of the fourth and Hog outfielder Luke Bonfield reached for Arkansas on a catcher’s interference.
After a Carson Shaddy strikeout, Fletcher walked to load the bases and Jordan McFarland walked to bring in a run. Rhode Island brought in reliever Blaise Whitman who struck out two to end the inning.
The Razorbacks took the lead in the bottom of the sixth, after back-to-back walks and a fielder’s choice,
Jake Arledge hit a two-run single giving the Hogs a 4-2 lead. Bonfield extended the lead to 5-2 with a leadoff home run in the seventh which turned out to be the final.
Altogether, the Razorbacks walked nine times and only had five hits, but worked it to their advantage.
“That’s what won us the ballgame,” head coach Dave Van Horn said. “They out hit us, both teams played decent defense.”
The Hogs will next take the field when they finish off the three-game series against Rhode Island at 1 p.m. Sunday at Baum Stadium.