Andy Wilkins, Aaron Murphree and Jacob House each drove in two runs in a 7-3 victory Sunday as Arkansas came from behind in all three games to sweep the weekend series with Wright State.
Murphree slapped three hits Sunday and finished with six RBI on the weekend. He dropped a fly ball in right field to allow Wright State an unearned run in the fifth inning as the visitors jumped to a 2-0 lead.
The Hogs broke open a 3-3 game with four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Wilkins plated the first two runs with a bases-loaded grounder under the first baseman's glove. House followed with a double to the wall in left center for two more runs.
Logan Forsythe had two hits, scored twice and sparkled in the field with seven assists. UA coach Dave Van Horn called five of them "plays you'll see in the big leagues." Two of them were scoops on well-placed bunts, three others scoops in the hole to his left.
"Logan had a great day," Van Horn said. "He batted five times. He hit the ball hard four times (two for outs) and he walked. And, he made some great plays in the field."
But the big news, the coach said, was the play of UA newcomers. True freshman Brett Eibner started as the center fielder, then relieved in the fourth with three strong innings of relief to pick up the victory. He walked twice in three at bats.
"We don't want to wear Eibner down, but that's one of the reasons he came to college, to play both ways," Van Horn said. "The Astros drafted him because of his arm, but he wasn't ready to put the bat down.
"We had some freshmen do well this weekend. We had freshmen in the three-four-five slots in the batting order and they did well. I thought Andy Wilkins pressed a little today. Tried to do too much. But he had a good weekend.
"Wright State is going to be a very good team. They pitched well to us. They worked the ball away, away, away, then busted us in. They didn't leave much in the middle of the plate. We finally put together some things against them."
Hitting coach Todd Butler said, "We were sluggish early all three games. I really thought we would hit it better than we did this weekend, but I see some good things. Our young guys are doing well and will get better. I thought we were not aggressive enough when we had positive counts early. We didn't have aggressive swings when we got fast balls away on 1-0, 2-0 counts. One of the positives, we did a nice job staying off the pitches in the dirt. That was good. We did get the two big home runs on the wekend from Wilkins and Murphree. As a whole, we can do better."
Forsythe said it was good to see the youth explode at the plate on the first weekend.
"You get some trust as an older guy when you see that in a game," Forsythe said. "We never think we are out of it when we are behind and it's good to come back from being down early. We will face those same situations in SEC games, so it's good to know you can do that."
Hogs sweep Wright State
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