Arkansas Takes Care Of Business

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas did exactly what it needed to do to complete a sweep of Northern Colorado in front of 1,3124 fans in Baum Stadium on Wednesday night.

First, it finished what it started Tuesday night.

In the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday, the No. 14 Razorbacks beat the Bears 9-3 to complete a game started the night before.

Because of bad weather Tuesday night, the game was suspended after a 1 minute, 32-minutes delay. Dangerous lightning, then heavy rain caused the postponement.

Arkansas led 3-2 in the fourth inning Tuesday night when play was stopped.

In the first game Wednesday, the pitching of Arkansas left-hander Devin Collis was the storyline.

Collis pitched five productive innings, allowed 6 hits, 1 run and struck out 4. He threw 83 pitches.

"I felt real comfortable out there," Collis said. "I could hear everybody rooting me on. I just knew if we got ground balls and fielded them the way we did, we'd get out of it and could get the win.

"I had my curveball going for me. I was throwing the curveball for strikes and hitting the outside corner with my fastball.

"I just had to be ready."

Arkansas pitcher Josh Smith started the nightcap, working three innings. He threw 60 pitches, allowed 1 hit, walked 3 and struck out 3.

In the nightcap, one of the plays of the game came in the top of the seventh inning.

With Arkansas leading 5-4 and Northern Colorado threatening with two on and one out, Bears second baseman Brad Baker hit a high chopper at the second base bag. Hogs second baseman John Henry Marquardt hustled to his right and cleanly fielded it.

Marquardt immediate stepped on the bag, twirled and threw just in time to Danny Hamblin at first for the double play.

Not to be outdone, Razorbacks right fielder Jake Dugger almost crashed into the wall to save a potential extra-base hit by left fielder Brad Beaman.

Beaman drilled a pitch deep to right and Dugger backpedaled, then turned at the last second to catch it against the wall.

Dugger continued hitting the long ball Wednesday night in the second game of the doubleheader.

Digger launched his team-leading seventh home run off Northern Colorado starter Tyler Pearson in the first inning. The blast went over the left-field wall to give Arkansas a 1-0 lead.

Last year, Dugger tied for the team lead with Haas Pratt and Danny Hamblin with eight homers.

Collis got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning of the first game, but got some bizarre help in doing so. Collis yielded an infield hit to Beaman to start the inning. Chad Clark then reached on an error by Marquardt.

Zach Brockman followed by hitting to Marquardt again. As Marquardt fielded the grounder, Clark hit him hard trying to break up a double-play attempt as Beaman raced to third.

Then both Clark and Brockman were called out on runner's interference call. Beaman was ordered back to second.

Collis struck out John Ray to end the inning.

"I was very excited to hear the second guy was out because I knew the first guy was automatically out for running into our guy," Collis said. "I've seen that in the big leagues before but never have seen it up-close until today. It was kind of ... it was pretty good to see that."

Arkansas opens a three-game Southeastern Conference series against Vanderbilt in Baum Stadium on Friday.

The first game of the series is 7:05 p.m. Friday.

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