Arkansas 10, LSU 4

Blake Baxendale hits a grand slam homer and Eric Fisher launches his third blast in as many days as Arkansas downs LSU 10-4 on Sunday to avoid being swept in Baton Rouge.

With one powerful swing in the top of the first inning Sunday, Arkansas redshirt Blake Baxendale put LSU's brooms back in the closet.

He and his teammates – including the suddenly homer-happy Eric Fisher – just kept pushing them further back the next eight innings.

Baxendale hit a grand slam homer and had a career-high five RBIs, Fisher hit his third homer in as many days and starting pitcher Chris Oliver gutted through seven innings as the Razorbacks downed the Tigers 10-4 at Alex Box Stadium.

"I came up with the bases loaded and one out and just trying to get the job done, just trying to get a ball to the outfield," Baxendale said. "I am not the best runner so I am just trying to get something in the air and luckily I got a 1-0 change up that was elevated for me and I was able to put it out."

Tyler Spoon doubled to start the game for Arkansas (22-15, 7-8), Andrew Bentendi singled and Joe Serrano before Brian Anderson popped out.

Baxendale then crushed a pitch from LSU starter and loser Kevin Bouman (3-2) for his first homer of the season.

"I took a couple of hard steps out of the box and I knew that throughout BP the wind was blowing out so once I got it up in the jet stream I took a couple of hard steps, but I knew I had hit it pretty well," Baxendale said.

Baxendale also had an RBI double as the Razorbacks salvaged a game after losing 5-3 on Friday and 5-4 on Saturday in walk-off fashion.

"We are a bunch of competitors and we took punches on Friday and punches on Saturday, but we never go down," Baxendale said. "We need to comeback with a punch today and we did."

Oliver (4-3) pitched the seven innings while giving up four runs on four hits and fanning one, but struggled with his control while walking seven and hitting a batter.

LSU (27-9-1, 8-6-1) got a pair of runs off him in the second, but Jake Wise's RBI grounder plated Fisher in the fourth to push Arkansas' lead to 5-2.

It became 7-2 when Anderson's sacrifice fly scored Benintendi and Baxendale doubled home Serrano later in the inning.

Fisher's fifth homer of the year made it 9-2 and Benintendi's sacrifice fly in the eighth scored Arkansas' 10th run – the Razorbacks' most in any SEC game this season.

Anderson pushed his hitting streak to 13 games with a single in the ninth.

Zach Jackson finished up the final two innings on the mound for Arkansas with a pair of strikeouts.

The Razorbacks will begin a nine-game home stand Tuesday when they host Stephen F. Austin at 6:35 p.m.





Blake Baxendale does a post-game interview after his big day Sunday at LSU.


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