AR vs. ORU 2019

Right fielder Heston Kjerstad rounds second after hitting a go-ahead grand slam April 9 in the Razorbacks’ win over Oral Roberts.

 

The Hogs took down Oral Roberts University 15-8 Tuesday for their third straight win, thanks to two homers from sophomore outfielder Heston Kjerstad and a four-RBI night from sophomore utility player Matt Goodheart.

The ball was flying around Baum-Walker Stadium on Tuesday as the Hogs tallied 14 hits, eight of them going for extra bases. The Hogs scored four runs in the fourth, fifth and eighth innings, which accounted for 12 of their 15 runs.

Kjerstad went 2-for-5, hitting a grand slam in the fourth inning that sailed over the scoreboard, giving the Hogs a 5-3 lead. He hit a solo homer to left-center in the eighth inning for his second of the night and his team-leading ninth of the season.

“I’m feeling pretty good and driving the balls that are left over the middle of the plate and just seeing the ball well,”Kjerstad said.

Goodheart went 2-for-4, hitting his first home run as a Razorback and tallying four RBIs. Goodheart has the best batting average among the starters at .372, and he has multiple hits in four of his last five games.

Four of those hits came from sophomore shortstop Casey Martin as he added on two doubles, an RBI and scored three runs. Martin had been slumping of late, going 3-for-20 in his last four games, including a 1-for-7 line in a 15-inning game at Auburn Saturday night.

“I’m trying to let the ball get deep,”Martin said. “They started a lefty, so I told myself if they throw it inside, just let it go and they’ll probably work me outside, and they did. I think that really helped tonight.”

Redshirt sophomore Marshall Denton started for the Hogs, giving up three runs over two innings. Sophomore Kole Ramage got the win to improve his record to 6-1, but he gave up three runs — two earned in one inning of work. Freshman Elijah Trest and redshirt junior Kevin Kopps were bright spots. They each pitched two scoreless innings out of the pen.

The Hogs’ next game is at 7 p.m. Friday against No. 6 Vanderbilt in Nashville, the first of a three-game series.

 

Parker Tillson is in his second year as a sports reporter for The Arkansas Traveler.

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