Diamond Hogs Hold Off Oral Roberts

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas needed an extreme makeover in the worst way, instead of just the little cosmetic surgery it got Tuesday night.

The Razorbacks did look a little like a different baseball team that got its face rearranged against LSU last weekend, losing every game in the series.

And on Tuesday night, No. 23 Arkansas did get an acceptable face-lift with a 5-2 win against Oral Roberts in front of 1,249 fans in Baum Stadium.

Arkansas (32-11) still had trouble putting this one way.

Granted, it came out of its offensive coma but had trouble scoring in bunches as it did earlier in the season.

Counting back to Friday's 10-7 loss against, Arkansas hadn't scored a run in 23 innings. That string ended in the second at 24 2/3 in the second as the Razorbacks took a 1-0 lead on an error.

Scott Hode lifted Arkansas in front 5-0 in the seventh with his second home run of the season, launching a shot over the left-field fence with plenty of room to spare.

ORU made things interesting in the ninth when Travis DeBordt slapped a two-out, two-run double off Charley Boyce to right-center field to cut the Arkansas lead to 5-2.

"I thought we did a good job of putting pressure on them," said Razorbacks coach Dave Van Horn. "They threw some good pitchers at us. They went through a couple or three of their conference starters. We hit some balls hard early, made me feel pretty good.

"I wish we could have scored a couple of more runs, really, to make it a little bit of a better lead in the middle innings. I was just proud of our guys for bouncing back. They played hard for eight innings.

"We played solid defense.

"I was a little disappointed in the ninth. I told the guys, "The game wasn't over. Finish in the ninth, have that killer instinct.' Other than that, I was pretty satisfied."

Arkansas used four pitchers to get the job done. Devin Collis started on the mound. He worked 4 innings, allowed 1 hit and struck out 3. He threw 64 innings.

"I thought Collis did a good job," Van Horn said. "I don't think he's ready to go into the starting rotation on the weekend but he's doing good out of the bullpen."

Meanwhile Clint Arnold and Jake Dugger went 3-for-5 and Danny Hamblin went 2-for-4 with an RBI to pace the offense.

Arkansas had 11 hits and left 12 runners on base.

"It was good to get back to winning," Hode said. "I think we beat a good team tonight. They played really well. This game will help out confidence.

"We needed a good win to get us ready to play at Kentucky this weekend. I know it was good to finally score some runs again.

"I knew we would."

Arkansas escaped a potentially dangerous inning in the fifth. The Golden Eagles (22-16) started with back-to-back singles. Then Razorbacks reliever Shaun Seibert struck out Brian Aguailar and DeBondt.

Then Blake Parker made a dramatic diving stop on a ground ball by ORU's Michael Hollimon. Parker got up in time to throw to Seibert just in time to clip Holliman at first.

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