To no avail, Arkansas pitcher Nick Schmidt did his best to silence a raucous crowd of 1,100 in Les Murakami Stadium on Thursday night.
Schimdt and the No. 11 Razorbacks overcame some harsh heckling to beat host and No. 23 Hawaii 5-1 in the Rainbow Tournament. Even though the Hogs never trailed, the fans continued ragging players throughout the game.
Arkansas (11-1) will play Texas-Arlington (4-9) again at 6:35 p.m. today. The teams, because of travel plans, also are scheduled to play again at 6:35 p.m. on Saturday.
While not having his best stuff, Schmidt (4-0) still was sharp enough to hold the Rainbows to two hits through seven innings of work. He struck out six, but walked five, mostly due to a shrinking strike zone.
"Nick was a little wild tonight," Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. "He is usually a strike machine, but the tight strike zone had him a little off balance."
Arkansas' offense also came to play against Hawaii ace Steven Wright (3-1), who allowed four runs on seven hits. It got on the board in the third when James Ewing doubled to left center to score Chris Hollensworth, who reached on a one-out single.
The lead grew to 4-0 with another run in the fourth and two more in the sixth. Blake Parker hit an RBI single in the fourth and Danny Hamblin extended his hitting streak to 10 games with an RBI single in the fifth.
It was Hamblin's team-leading 18th RBI of the season.
The other run was scored when Arkansas, with runners at first and third and one out, executed a double steal.
Hawaii scored its lone run in the bottom of the fifth on a wild pitch only to have Arkansas answer two innings later by also scoring on a wild pitch to regain a four-run lead.
The Rainbows two hits came from eight-hole hitter Eli Christensen and nine-hole hitter Joe Spiers.
The win improved the No. 11 Razorbacks' record to 11-1, while the Rainbows fall to 12-5. The Hogs are now 2-0 against ranked teams this season.
(The UA Sports Information staff also contributed to this article.)
Arkansas 5, Hawaii 1
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