Arkansas downs Nevada for 10th straight win
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The
Arkansas bullpen threw seven shutout innings and allowed just one hit,
while the Razorback offense erased an early two-run deficit with 10
straight runs as No. 3 Arkansas defeated Nevada 10-2 on Wednesday night
at Baum Stadium.
The Razorbacks won their 10th straight game and
improved to 20-2 on the season, matching the best start to a season
since the 2005 team also opened that season with a 20-2 record. Nevada
fell to 10-9 with the loss.
The Arkansas bullpen was outstanding
in relief of starter Mark Reyes. Five Arkansas pitchers combined to
give up just one hit in seven shutout innings, while striking out 10.
Oliver picked up the first win of his collegiate career, striking out
four and not allowing a hit in three innings of work.
Trent Daniel, Colby Suggs, Ty Wright and Michael Gunn each threw a scoreless inning out of the bullpen.
Reyes started on the mound for Arkansas and gave up two runs on two hits and struck out three in two innings.
different Razorbacks recorded multiple hits at the plate, led by Sam
Bates, who went 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Jimmy Bosco went
2-for-4 with two RBI, while Jacob Morris drove in a game-high three
runs and had two hits in five at bats. Tim Carver also went 2-for-4
with a RBI. Matt Vinson reached base three times with three walks and
scored two runs.
Kewby Meyer had the only two RBI of the game
for the Wolf Pack and went 1-for-4. Carlos Escobar Jr. and Joe Kohan
each had a hit for Nevada.
Nevada starter Troy Marks suffered
the loss to drop to 0-2 on the season. Marks gave up four runs, just
one earned, on four hits in two innings.
Nevada struck first
with two runs in the top of the first. With one out, the next three
Wolf Pack batters reached as Kyle Hunt was hit by a pitch, Brett Jones
walked and Austin Byler was hit by a pitch. After a strikeout of Brooks
Klein for the second out of the inning, Kewby Meyer hit a two-RBI
single to left field to score Hunt and Jones.
Arkansas took the
lead for good with four runs in the bottom of the second. Bates led off
the inning with a single to center and then moved to second on a ground
out to third by Jacob Mahan. After a walk to Vinson put runners on
first and second, Morris had a single to center to score Bates from
second. The center fielder’s throw came all the way to the catcher, who
then threw high to first and down the right field line, allowing both
Vinson and Morris to score. John Clay Reeves then reached on a two-base
fielding error by the third baseman and came in to score on a two-out
double by Bosco.
The Razorbacks tacked on two more runs in the
bottom of the third. Bates, Mahan and Vinson each walked to start the
inning. Morris brought home a pair of runs with a double down the right
field line to put Arkansas in front 6-2.
Arkansas added two more
runs in the bottom of the fifth. Vinson drew a leadoff walk and then
moved to third on a single to center by Reeves. A base hit to right
field by Carver brought home Vinson and Bosco followed with a single to
center field to score Reeves.
The Razorbacks closed the scoring
with two runs in the bottom of the eighth. Bosco was hit by a pitch to
lead off the inning. After the next two batters were retired, Bates
singled to center to move Bosco to second. A wild pitch advanced both
runners to scoring position and Mahan drew a walk to load the bases.
Conor Costello came through with a two-out single to left field to
score two runs.