Downing The Delta Devils

FAYETTEVILLE — The plan was simple. Facing Mississippi Valley State in a Monday makeup, Arkansas wanted to get its reserves some playing time and let its bullpen get in some work before a crucial Southeastern Conference series at Mississippi State.

And just as planned, the Razorbacks got what they wanted out of Monday's affair as a big second-inning sparked Arkansas to an easy 12-3 win against the Delta Devils in front of 609 at Baum Stadium.

"We needed the win and we just tried to catch up on games with some of the other teams around the country," Razorbacks coach Dave Van Horn said. "Plus we got to throw some pitchers that needed to pitch, that was probably the most important thing.

"It was just good to see some guys get some at-bats. You know (Andrew) Darr hadn't hit for awhile and a couple of other guys got in the lineup that hadn't played for awhile, and that will get them ready in case we need them this weekend."

Arkansas (32-20) actually fell behind early, 2-0 in the top of the second. But the deficit wouldn't last long as the Diamond Hogs sent 13 batters to the plate in the bottom of the second to take a commanding, 7-2 lead.

"I was disappointed that they jumped out on us," Van Horn said. "They had a walk and a hit and I think they got a passed ball and that was a little frustrating.

"But we had a lot of outs left to go and we felt like we could get back in the game. And they helped us out by walking people and we did a good job of taking what they were giving us."

While the Razorbacks did rely on several role players — including Jacob House and Aaron Murphree — to cruise past the Delta Devils (17-24), there were also the usual starters who chipped in as well.

Logan Forsythe finished 3-for-5 with an RBI, Chase Leavitt was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Casey Coon was 2-for-2 with two RBIs, as Arkansas picked up its fifth win in a row.

"Today was kind of a grind," Forsythe said. "We came out, had a chance to win and we came out and did what we needed to do.

"We hit the ball, got good pitching and good defense and it was a good win for us to get us ready for Mississippi State."

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