The Razorbacks annihilated the Pine Bluff Golden Lions 26-1 in a seven-inning affair Wednesday. Four Razorback batters went deep twice in the game: senior first baseman Matt Goodheart, junior right fielder Brady Slavens, junior designated hitter Charlie Welch and junior second baseman Cullen Smith.
“The wind was kind of blowing a little bit across to right, so we knew anything hit good to right was probably going to go,” head coach Dave Van Horn said. “I would say Smith’s ball, he back-spun that ball and just got it in the air it kind of blew out of the park. The other balls were hit pretty good...We hit some balls extremely hard. Charlie hit two balls hard to the pull side to left field.”
The fireworks started early, when Goodheart launched a moonshot to right field to kick off the first inning.
“It left the bat at 110 miles per hour,” Van Horn said. “It probably landed over the building completely in air. That ball was absolutely hammered.”
He was soon followed by a two-run blast off the bat of Slavens.
After a couple of walks, the Golden Lions went to the bullpen to relieve starter Trenton Ferguson before he could record an out.
Three walks, one intentional to Goodheart, and a couple wild pitches allowed two runs to score and forced Arkansas-Pine Bluff to go to the pen for the second time in the first inning.
Junior pitcher Korey Wasson entered the game with bases loaded two outs and hit junior center fielder Christian Franklin to put the Hogs up 6-0 in the first inning.
Smith and Welch both hit solo home runs off Wasson in the second inning.
Golden Lion pitcher Tony Horn, Jr. gave up a three-run shot to Slavens and a two-run dinger to Smith before being replaced. The next pitcher, Brandon Little allowed a two-run home run to Welch to put the Hogs up 15-1 before he could escape the inning.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff brought Antoine Luster in for the fourth inning and held Arkansas without a run.
The Arkansas bats got hot again in the fifth, hitting around for the third time in the game and scoring 11 runs in the frame. Three Golden Lions pitched the inning.
The Hogs drew five walks, took a hit-by-pitch, reached on two errors and hit two doubles before Goodheart capped the inning off with a grand slam to put them up 26-1.
The Golden Lions resorted to putting center fielder Justin Rieschick, who is also listed as a pitcher, on the mound. He tossed a scoreless sixth inning and recorded two strikeouts.
Sophomore pitcher Miller Pleimann closed the game with a scoreless seventh, despite an error in right field.
The Razorbacks will play the Texas A&M Aggies at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April, 16 at Baum-Walker Stadium. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network+.