FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas scored a school-record 14 runs in the first inning Wednesday in a run-ruled 32-8 rout of Saint Louis at Baum Stadium.
The No. 10 Razorbacks (23-6) came within a run of the school-record of 33 set against Southwest Baptist in 1984 and the two teams combined for the most runs (40) in an Arkansas game, breaking the record of 37 also set against Southwest Baptist that year.
The game was called in the middle of the seventh inning.
"We talked about it before the game, and I don't like to bring it up but it got brought up by the umpire," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "We just decided that if it got out of control that being a midweek game if it was a 10-run lead after seven it'd be over.
"The first inning was incredible. We had guys that just had tremendous at-bats. They just kept swinging, fouled a lot of pitches off and we got their starter out of there before he got an out. It was a good day for the hitters."
Arkansas sent a total of 18 batters to the plate in the first inning. Brett Eibner was the first to record an out in the team's 13th at-bat.
"We're just hitting the ball real well right now, putting it in play and hitting it hard," Arkansas second baseman Bo Bigham said. "We're finding holes right now and hopefully we can keep that going."
The surge continued in the second inning as Collin Kuhn (solo) and Brett Eibner (two-run) each hit home runs, Bigham hit a solo shot in the third and Matt Vinson added a three-run homer in the fourth inning.
Arkansas led 24-2 after four innings before the Billikens (15-15) pulled within 24-7 in the fifth, roughing up Razorback freshman left-handers Garrett Methvin and Zack Hall for five runs.
The Razorbacks responded with two in the fifth inning and six in the sixth to push the lead to 32-7. Vinson grounded out to end the inning with two runners on board that would have given Arkansas the school record for runs in a game had they scored.
Bigham, who finished a triple short of the cycle, had his chances in the fifth and sixth innings, but struck out and reached on an error. He finished the game 4-for-7 with four RBIs.
The injury-plagued Razorbacks didn't make it out unscathed in that department. Jarrod McKinney went down with a knee injury in the fourth inning diving for a ball in right field.
"It's not good," Van Horn said. "He's probably got an ACL issue. There's definitely a ligament issue."
Van Horn said McKinney won't travel with the team tomorrow for its weekend series at Mississippi State. In his place will be redshirt freshman catcher Zac Russell, who saw his first action as a Razorback Wednesday, going 1-for-2 at the plate.
Freshmen Derrick Bleeker (3-for-4, 2 RBIs) and Kyle Atkins (2-for-3, 2 RBIs) each recorded their first career hit.
"It's a good experience," Van Horn said. "Kyle's first at-bat was not good. The second was better and the third was even better. That's what it takes a lot of times so if we need to use them some time in a conference game they'll feel more comfortable."
Monk Kreder went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and four runs scored in the game. He extended his team-leading hit streak to 11 games.
Freshman Randall Fant earned the win pitching two innings and allowing an earned run on one hit and two walks. Van Horn had said earlier in the week the left-hander might start Sunday at Mississippi State, but was less assuring after Wednesday's game.
"It might be more of a relief role," Van Horn said. "We'll still leave Sunday open and see how it goes."