Hogs Rebound From First Loss

RUSTON, La. -- Sporadic rain failed to put a damper on Arkansas' offense in Sunday's 9-4 win against Louisiana Tech in front 1,349 at J.C. Love Field.

The Razorbacks (6-1) collected 38 hits in winning two of three games during the weekend series with the Bulldogs (4-5). They had 12 hits Sunday, including six for extra bases.

"We've been double-digits in hits almost every game," Arkansas coach Van Horn said. "And that's with some of our key players not hitting. It's going to be nice if we can put it all together, especially on some good weekends when we play some of the better (Southeastern Conference) teams."

The offense got cranking early, using a three-run home run by Blake Parker in the first and a four-run third inning to jump to a 7-1 lead. It was the third straight game the Hogs scored in their first at-bat.

"That kind of took the wind out of them a little bit because they had a lot of momentum after (Saturday's 10-8 Louisiana Tech win)," Van Horn said. "(Parker) got the barrel on the ball right there and he nailed it."

With two outs and a 2-2 count, Parker turned on an inside fastball and smashed a line drive to left for his team-leading second homer. It scored Clint Arnold and Jake Dugger, who walked and was hit by a pitch, respectively.

"I was just taking our two-strike (swing)," Parker said. "I thought it was a double for sure. I didn't think it was out until (first base coach Matt) Deggs started yelling at me."

Starting pitcher James Gilbert lasted five innings for Arkansas and was efficient by scattering three earned runs on eight hits. The win was the sophomore's first career decision.

"Gilbert will be more of a spot starter for us," Van Horn said. "And I think he would be tremendous out of the pen and maybe as a long reliever coming after a hard-throwing right-hander."

Reliever Sean Siebert was equally effective and gave up only one hit, a solo home run to Ben Tabor in the eighth. Other than that, the true freshman was in complete control of his 91-mph fastball and struck out five in four innings.

"He is a starting-type pitcher," Van Horn said. "He's got a hard, running-type fastball that darts all over the place and then his breaking pitch is good, he's just got to control it more."

In the third, Scott Bridges bounced a double off the warning track in left-center and scored on an RBI single by Casey Rowlett. Parker followed with an RBI double off the right-center field wall before newcomers John Marquardt and Chris Hollensworth each drove in a run to make it 7-1.

After the Bulldogs scored a run in each of the fourth and fifth innings off Gilbert, Arkansas tacked on a run in the sixth and another in the eighth to make it 9-3. Scott Hode scored on a ground out after leading off the sixth with a double and Arnold scored on an error in the eighth after reaching on a two-out single.

"Arkansas is a very good team," said Louisiana Tech coach Wade Simoneaux. "We play teams like Arkansas to prepare us for a war for 27 innings (during a three-game series) and that's what we got."

"We stayed in it (Sunday) and I'm glad we did because if we would have relaxed any, they might have scored 20 runs with the way they were hitting."

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