FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas used two big offensive innings to break things open and solid pitching to stymie Troy Friday, beating the Trojans 10-1 at Baum Stadium.
Andy Wilkins tied the game with a leadoff home run in the fourth inning and James McCann's two-run blast three batters later gave the Razorbacks the lead for good.
Arkansas added a two-run home run from Brett Eibner in the fifth inning to eliminate any chances of a Troy comeback.
"Both teams played very well but we got some big hits and took advantage of some hit-batters, some walks and hit a couple of home runs to jump-start us," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "It was a complete game by our team."
Leading 5-1 Arkansas was able to manufacture five more runs in the seventh off Troy reliever A.J. Howard. Jarrod McKinney scored on a bases loaded walk; Collin Kuhn and Wilkins scored on a sacrifice flies from Zack Cox and Eibner; and Tim Carver's two-RBI single plated McCann and Kreder.
Arkansas (3-1) scored 10 runs on 10 hits.
"We played well, we bunted well, we swung at strikes and put together a big inning," Van Horn said. "The was a lot closer than 10-1."
For a brief time the Trojans (3-2) looked as if they would live up to their early-season billing as an offensive juggernaut. Averaging just shy of 14 runs per game, Troy scored a run in the first inning and stranded two more runners.
But starter Mike Bolsinger settled down, not allowing a run in his final three innings on the mound. When he was finished senior TJ Forrest was superb, tossing four scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out three in his first win of the season.
"Whenever a team scores that many runs you don't really think they're almighty hitters," Forrest said. "Everyone that comes in here we're going to pitch them the same; to our strengths and their weaknesses. We kept the ball down good and got a lot of contact. The defense was really good so it makes it easy to pitch on a day like that where everywhere they hit it there's diving bodies."
Van Horn said Forrest was the key on the mound.
"He threw lights out," Van Horn said. "He was throwing a change-up and a cutter, and then he'd throw a fastball. The cutter made the fastball look two or three miles an hour more than it was.
"Pitching was outstanding. I think we walked three all day and made that lead hold up."
Bolsinger struggled early and earned a no-decision after throwing 77 pitches. He allowed four hits and struck out three batters.
"He didn't have his breaking ball today," Van Horn said. "His fastball was OK but he just didn't have great stuff. He wasn't sharp and threw a lot of pitches."
Christian Kowalchuck pitched the ninth inning for Arkansas, allowing no hits and striking out one.
Drew Smyly will start his first game of the season Saturday. The redshirt sophomore pitched four innings of relief and allowed just one run in a win over Ball State last Sunday.
"Hopefully he'll have a good outing," Van Horn said. "I thought he pitched well last week. It's the best he's pitched this semester. He wants to be a starter and we need him to be a starter. We're looking for him to come out and throw the ball well and give us a chance to win."
Freshman left-hander Shane McCain will get the start for the Trojans. He pitched six scoreless innings in a win last week over Hofstra.
Arkansas 10, Troy 1
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