Baseball Downs UT-Arlington, 7-1

The Arkansas Razorbacks rebounded from their only loss of the season with an impressive 7-1 victory over Texas-Arlington in the final game of the UTA/Dallas Morning News Invitational Sunday afternoon.

The Razorbacks improved to 4-1 with the win and claimed the UTA Invitational championship. UTA dropped to 6-4 with the loss.

Scott Woods earned the win in relief of starter Gary Hogan, Jr., to run his record to 1-0.

The Razorbacks jumped on the board with a run in the first inning. Cliff Crouse singled and then stole second. Andrew Wishy was hit by a pitch to give the Hogs runners on first and second with one out.

Crouse moved to third on a fly out by Ryan Fox to center and then scored as the centerfielder's throw sailed over the third baseman. The Mavericks were able to retire Michael Conner to end the scoring threat.

The Mavericks answered with a run in the bottom of the first to tie the game at 1-1. K.J. Hendricks singled and moved to second on a single by Jason Severson. Hendricks and Severson began a double steal, but Arkansas catcher Aaron Graves' throw to second bounced and went into centerfield allowing Hendricks to score and tie the game.

Razorback pitcher Gary Hogan, Jr., then recorded two strikeouts and a ground out to retire the side.

Arkansas again took the lead with a run in the top of the second on Tigger Lyles' double to right-center that plated Aaron Graves who reached on a walk.

The Razorbacks added to their lead when Nick Pitts singled to drive in Ryan Fox who reached on an error in the top of the sixth inning to give the Hogs a 3-1 lead.

Arkansas starter Gary Hogan, Jr., was relieved in the bottom of the fifth by Scott Woods. Hogan pitched four innings surrendering seven hits and one unearned run. Hogan also struck out four and walked two.

The Razorbacks made it a 4-1 game in the top of the seventh when Clay Goodwin doubled home Cliff Crouse with one out in the inning. Andrew Wishy then singled up the middle to score Goodwin and give Arkansas a 5-1 advantage.

Ryan Fox gave Arkansas a pair of insurance runs in the top of the ninth when he ripped a 2-2 pitch over the left field fence that scored Goodwin who doubled earlier in the inning. It was Fox's first home run of the season and it gave the Razorbacks a 7-1 lead.

Woods, who came in during the fifth inning, pitched four innings of one-hit ball while striking out three to get the win.

Jarrett Gardner pitched a perfect ninth to seal the victory for the Razorbacks.

The Razorbacks return to action next weekend when they travel to Long Beach State to take on the 49ers in a three game series.


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