FAYETTEVILLE — At Centenary, they're partying like it's 1965.
Faced with a 25-game losing streak against Arkansas which had dated back 43 years, Centenary finally figured out the Razorbacks on Wednesday. And the Gents did it the old fashioned way, using solid pitching, timely hitting and great defense to defeat Arkansas, 5-1, in front of 2,115 at Baum Stadium.
"They just outplayed us," Razorbacks coach Dave Van Horn said. "They outpitched us and made a couple of great plays in the field."
One day after putting up little fight in a 9-0 loss, Centenary (14-5) came back Wednesday with its top three pitchers to shut down Arkansas.
Throwing ace lefthander Dakota Robinson, top righthanded starter Justin Kraft and closer Boone Whiting, the Gents held the Diamond Hogs to just four hits. And in doing so, Centenary was able to get a victory against Arkansas for the first time since April 10, 1965.
"You know we beat LSU three years ago when they were No. 3 in the nation. But that game was at home," Centenary coach Ed McCann said. "This is on the road and this is one of the biggest road victories, yeah.
"But what I was proud about, our guys understand that (fellow Summit Conference member) Oral Roberts and Arkansas are about the same caliber. So what it means is we're moving in the right direction."
Robinson held Arkansas (15-9) to no runs and two hits in four innings as the Gents gained an early 1-0 lead. The Razorbacks then briefly tied the game, 1-1, on an Andrew Darr solo home run in the fifth.
But in the top of the sixth, Centenary got all the offense it would need. Forcing Arkansas starter Sam Murphy out of the game, the Gents scored three runs in the inning which was sparked by a pair of two-strike hits.
"You know, we tied the game up and we give up an 0 (balls)-2 (strike) double," Van Horn said. "You don't give up an 0-2 double. The curveball is supposed to be in the dirt. Then we gave up another 0-2 single with the bases loaded. And you just don't throw the pitch there. So just a couple of mistakes.
"Other than that, I thought Sam Murphy did a heck of a job. Defensively we didn't do anything terrible and we had the one baserunning mistake. But really, overall we just got outplayed and they beat us."
Arkansas never seriously threatened after falling behind, as Whiting worked the last two innings without allowing a hit.
"You know what, we hit the ball and didn't strike out a lot," senior outfielder Casey Coon said. "We just hit the ball right at them and their guy threw a great game.
"You just have to tip your cap to them. We're all upset that we lost and upset that we didn't hit the ball the way we should. But there's nothing we can do about it now. We just have to look forward to this weekend and get after it."
Centenary 5, Arkansas 1
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