Arkansas uses 10th inning barrage to win opener at LSU
BATON ROUGE, La. – Arkansas pinch hitter Reese Robinett broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the 10th inning with a three-run home run to lift the Razorbacks to a 9-3 victory inside Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
LSU falls to 19-3 on the season and 2-2 in SEC play, while Arkansas improves to 20-2 on the year and remains undefeated in conference action at 4-0.
The next game in the LSU-Arkansas series is scheduled for a 1 p.m. CT first pitch and can be televised on SEC Network. The contest can also be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates. Due to impending weather on Sunday, the third game of the series has been moved up and will be played Saturday at 6:30 p.m. CT.
The series finale is available to stream on SEC Network+.
Paul Skenes had another impressive outing on the mound, tossing his sixth-straight double-digit strikeout game. He finished with a no-decision after tossing 7.0 innings and allowing one run on two hits. He added 12 strikeouts to his nation-leading total and sits at 71 on the season.
Razorback reliever Hagen Smith (4-0) earned the win after firing 4.2 innings and giving up three runs on five hits.
LSU right-hander Chase Shores (0-1) was charged with the loss. He tossed 2.0 innings and allowed one run on one hit.
Arkansas opened the scoring in the fourth, which started with a double from centerfielder Tavian Josenberger. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored a sacrifice fly from second baseman Peyton Stovall.
Razorback starter Hunter Hollan handcuffed the LSU offense through 5.1 innings and finished his outing allowing no runs on three hits.
Both teams entered a scoring drought until LSU catcher Brady Neal got the Tigers in the scoring column with an opposite-field dinger to left field – the freshman’s second of the season. With the game tied, right fielder Josh Pearson and centerfielder Dylan Crews reached on a pair of singles.
LSU loaded the bases with a walk from second baseman Gavin Dugas but was unable to capitalize.
In extra innings, the Razorbacks hit a grand slam after the three-run homer and a sac fly to account for the final margin.
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