The Arkansas Razorbacks beat the Alcorn State Braves 11-3 behind four Arkansas home runs including three in the first inning. It was the first time the Razorbacks hit three in an inning since 2011.
“I think we have more mature hitters this year than last year, the guys have good approaches and they know good times to pick pitches out,” said Luke Bonfield, junior outfielder for Arkansas.
The Razorbacks struck early against the Braves senior starter Daniel Belmont. After a leadoff walk, Razorback third baseman Chad Spanberger hit a hard line drive over the wall in center making it 2-0. Bonfield followed with a home run into the Razorback bullpen. The Hogs scored two more in the inning after freshman outfielder Dominic Fletcher walked and freshman first baseman Jordan McFarland hit the third home run of the inning.
Alcorn State scored a run in the third with an RBI double by center fielder Justin Barna. The Razorbacks answered with a run of their own when McFarland knocked in his third run of the day on a sacrifice fly.
Arkansas added another run in the fourth after a Jake Arledge single, advance to third on a Spanberger single, and an RBI groundout by Bonfield. The single by Arledge extended his hitting streak to 14 games which is the longest since Tyler Spoon in 2013.
The Braves added a run in the top of the fifth on a home run by designated hitter Kirt Cormier. The Razorbacks responded in the bottom of the inning with a Dominic Fletcher two run home run. It was Arkansas fourth home run of the game, and Fletcher’s fifth of the season tying him with Grant Koch for the team lead.
The Braves added one more run in the eighth on a single by catcher Jason Sanez but couldn’t muster anything else in the final few innings.
Arkansas used six freshmen pitchers in the game, starting with left-hander Kacey Murphy and ending with right-hander Angus Denton. The freshman combined for three earned runs on nine hits, walking three and striking out 13.
The Razorbacks will be back in action in a three game series with the Mississippi State Bulldogs starting Friday 6:30 P.M at Baum Stadium. The series will be pitching coach Wes Johnson’s first time against his old team since joining the Razorbacks in the off-season.