The Razorback baseball team played the “Fall Classic” scrimmage Friday, in which the red team beat the gray team 8-2, behind great outings from sophomore outfielder Cayden Wallace and junior shortstop Robert Moore.
The red team got the action started early as Moore hit a rocket off the wall in left-center before graduate transfer catcher Michael Turner singled him home. Freshman pitcher Hagen Smith collected two strikeouts in the inning.
Senior pitcher Zebulon Vermillion entered in the second inning with the bases loaded and walked the first batter. Later, a sacrifice fly by Moore made it 3-0.
The gray team’s defense got sloppy in the fourth inning. After Wallace singled and Moore doubled, a fielder's choice and a throwing error on freshman shortstop Drake Varnado brought them home. A bad throw on a stolen base attempt allowed sophomore first baseman Ethan Bates to score later.
Pitchers Jaxon Wiggins and Connor Noland held the gray team hitless for the first four innings. Both surrendered a walk and Wiggins hit a batter.
Wallace and freshman second baseman Jude Putz each hit RBI singles in the fifth inning to put their team up 8-0. In the bottom of the fifth, freshman first baseman Max Soliz Jr. crushed a home run, the gray team’s first hit.
In the sixth inning, Oklahoma transfer Jace Bohrofen robbed Bates of extra bases with a leaping catch at the wall.
Senior outfielder Brady Slavens knocked in a run on a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, but it was too little too late as the red team won 8-2.
Freshman pitcher Jake Faherty recorded the last out for the gray team and pitched the last frame for the red team as well.
Slavens played right field and threw the ball softly, possibly nursing an arm injury. Freshman third baseman Peyton Stovall played defense, but did not hit because of an injury.
Wallace finished the game 2-4 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored. Moore finished the game 2-3 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and two runs scored.
Wake Forest transfer Chris Lanzilli had a tough game, going 0-4 with three strikeouts. Sophomore catcher Dylan Leach also struggled, going 0-3 with two strikeouts.
Freshman outfielder Gabe D’Arcy played well, hitting 2-3 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch. Putz was 1-2 with an RBI double and two walks.
Both teams struggled to prevent runners from stealing throughout the game, allowing 10 stolen bases.
The team will continue to scrimmage throughout the fall in preparation for the beginning of the 2022 season in February.