Hogs Dig In To Down OSU 11-7

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Arkansas digs in when most teams give in.

The No. 18 Razorbacks scored six runs with two outs during Tuesday's 11-7 win against Oklahoma State in front of 1,431 in Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.

"We want to be the best team in the country with two outs," said Hogs senior Casey Rowlett, who was 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs and has hit safely in all 14 games. "Being tough outs and battling the whole game, it wears on a pitcher. When they get two outs and you drive in a run, it really breaks them down."

They wore out former Ole Miss pitcher Brae Wright, a left-hander who started for the Cowboys (11-6), and gave up 7 runs (six earned) on 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings.

"On this field, as hard as it is, they're rolling balls through the infield that we're chasing like a dog chasing a car tire," said Oklahoma State coach Frank Anderson. "There were a lot of them just out of our reach and to their credit, they put the thing in play right there with two strikes."

Clinging to an 8-5 lead, senior Clay Goodwin helped the Razorbacks (13-1) breathe easier when he belted a three-run homer to left in the top of the ninth. It was the first homer for Goodwin, a switch hitter, from the right side of the plate and his second this season.

"We knew we needed to punch in a run to kind of slow them down a little bit because they got the last at-bat," said Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn.

With the wind blowing out to left field, Van Horn said he figured it would be a high-scoring affair and Arkansas led 7-0 before Oklahoma State even sniffed the scoring column.

"Even up 7-0, we knew that we weren't out of the woods yet and sure enough, they made a run at the end," Van Horn said. "But we wanted to put the pressure on them early because we knew they were going to score some runs."

Jake Dugger put the Hogs on the board first when he crushed a two-run double off the center field wall in the first inning. It scored Scott Bridges and Rowlett, who had reached on a single and a walk, respectively, before moving into scoring position with a double steal.

The lead increased to 4-0 when Danny Hamblin ripped an RBI double to left center and Goodwin lined an RBI single up the middle. Rowlett then highlighted a three-run fourth inning with a two-run single that made it 7-0.

"They've got a lot of pop in their lineup," said Rowlett, who's from Jones, Okla. "They can pop a three-run homer any time they want, so we were never put it on cruise. We had to battle and we battled for every run we got.

"You can never relax on a team like Oklahoma State."

Van Horn credited the fast start with the Hogs scheduling since they opened with seven games on the road in Texas and Louisiana.

"That helped us come over here and not be nervous or intimidated," Van Horn said. "We don't really play intimidated, but we could have been nervous if we hadn't been on the road much."

The Cowboys scored four runs in the fourth and fifth innings thanks to Arkansas miscues. In the fifth, they scored 3 runs on1 hit, 2 walks, a hit batsman and an error to cut the lead to 7-4.


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