Hogs Keep Rolling With Rowlett

FAYETTEVILLE -- Making his second career start at second base, Arkansas senior Casey Rowlett coughed up two errors in the first three innings, but made up for it in a big way during Saturday's 12-3 win against Minnesota in Baum Stadium.

"With two (errors) in the first three innings of a nine-inning game, I was thinking I might as well just shoot for the record," Rowlett said. "But I had to make up for it somehow at the plate so that was in the back of my head."

The victory clinched the three-game series for the Razorbacks (8-1) after they won 5-4 against Minnesota (0-2) on Friday. The final game is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. today.

Rowlett was 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs, 2 runs scored, a stolen base and a walk. He came a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, but still extended his hitting streak to nine games and improved his team-leading batting average to a robust .541.

The senior from Jones, Okla., provided the crowd of 6,783 with some fireworks by clubbing a grand slam in the fourth inning. It was set up with walks to Chris Hollensworth, Stephen Robison and Jake Dugger.

"That was a good ballgame (up until that point)," Van Horn said. "(Rowlett) hit a line drive out of the park against the wind so that ball was hit well."

With a 3-1 count, Rowlett deposited a belt-high fastball into the Hogs' bullpen beyond the left-field wall.

"I didn't want to get beat so I kind of cheated a little bit by opening up (my stance)," Rowlett said. "I was guessing for a fastball and got it."

John Marquardt doubled to lead off the sixth and later scored on a passed ball. Dugger put the game out of reach with a bases-loaded double that scored three runs in the seventh. Clay Goodwin's RBI double in the eighth created the final margin.

Arkansas didn't need any hits to score three runs as Minnesoata starter Marcus McKenzie struggled with his control. Hollensworth was hit by a pitch to start the inning and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Dugger. Walks to Clint Arnold, Danny Hamblin, Blake Parker and Clay Goodwin each led to runs and a 3-0 Arkansas lead.

"We waked too many people," said Minnesota coach John Anderson. "Too many free passes and it doesn't matter how many hits you get when you walk a few and hit a couple of guys.

"It takes a lot of energy out of your offense when you stand out there on defense for too long and I thought that was the whole game."

After giving up consecutive hits, Hogs starter Charley Boyce got a double play and a strikeout to dodge a bullet in the second inning. He dodged another in the third with the help of a runner caught stealing at second and a groundout after an error and a single put two on with one out.

But in the fourth, Boyce took a direct hit after issuing a leadoff walk to Jake Elder. Three hits and three runs later, Boyce was relieved by James Gilbert who got a groundout to end the inning with the score tied 3-all.

Gilbert, a steady sophomore left-hander, gave up two hits in 5 1/3 scoreless innings to pick his second win.

"I like him out of the pen," Van Horn said. "He gets us out in scrimmages all the time and this doesn't mean I'm not going to start him, but he just gives us a different look out of the pen."

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