The No. 2 Arkansas baseball team (20-3, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) excelled in a high-scoring affair Tuesday at home against the Central Arkansas Bears (9-12, 6-6 Southland), 21-8, in their first matchup since 1948 at Baum-Walker Stadium. Sophomore second baseman Robert Moore became the second Razorback in history to hit for the cycle and the first since Kyle Harris in 1994 while the Hogs fired five home runs.
“This is one of those games, as a coach, you worry about a little bit because we were coming off a very emotional weekend,” Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. “We had no practice and we had to come out and play on a Tuesday night and we’ve got another big series coming up real quick on Thursday night. I was really proud of the guys showing up offensively. We did a tremendous job and swung the bat extremely well.”
Arkansas put up season-highs in runs at 21, hits at 20 and baserunners at 31. The Hogs scored in each of the first six innings of the game, including two seven-run frames in the fourth and the sixth. The Diamond Hogs led 13-3 after four.
Senior right-handed pitcher Kole Ramage started for the Razorbacks and picked up his first win of the season, evening his record at 1-1. He pitched four innings, allowing four hits, three runs, two of them earned, and a walk while striking out two.
Moore started down the road to the cycle with a two-run triple in the second. He singled into right field in the fourth and sent a solo shot into right-center in the fifth for his fifth home run of the year. He completed the cycle with a bases-clearing double in the sixth to give the Hogs a 19-8 lead.
“(It was) one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had playing this game,” said Moore, who was coming off a rough stretch over the past couple weeks. “One of the most fun and exciting experiences. The coolest part was just celebrating with my coaches and teammates at the end.”
Moore recorded a career-high six RBIs during the historic day and went 4-4, adding on a walk and a hit-by-pitch. He recorded 12 total bases.
Junior shortstop Jalen Battles homered in his first two at-bats of the night. Junior designated hitter Charlie Welch and freshman catcher Dylan Leach followed up with bombs, bringing the total to five. Arkansas has racked up 45 total home runs this season, which lead the NCAA.
Freshman right-hander Gabriel Starks came in the top of the ninth to close out the game in his first collegiate appearance. He sat down the Bears in order, striking out two.
All nine batters in the Diamond Hogs’ starting lineup had at least one base hit, and eight of them had at least one RBI.
The No. 2 Razorbacks will stay at home to face the Auburn Tigers in a three-game series from Thursday-Saturday. All three games will be broadcast on SEC Network+, and first pitch for game one is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.