FAYETTEVILLE - With virtually no wind Baum Stadium played like a big ballpark Tuesday night. Not even that could cool down red-hot Arkansas.
The No. 9 Razorbacks hit four home runs in a 9-5 win over Oral Roberts to cap a six-game homestand undefeated. Arkansas now has won 12 straight games and 19 of its last 20.
"Pretty much all those balls were hit pretty good," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "It was some guys making some bad pitches and some guys taking some good swings. I'm glad we put together that big inning because that was a game you don't want to go down to the ninth inning and you've got to use a lot of guys. It worked out good for us."
Arkansas (32-6) used a five-run fourth inning to take control, as both Brett Eibner and Tim Carver tagged Oral Roberts pitcher Jameson Dunn for two-run home runs to give Arkansas a 6-3 lead.
Eibner's home run gave the Razorbacks the lead for good after Zack Cox had scored earlier in the inning on a wild pitch. It was Eibner's second home run of the night and fourth in as many games. He now leads the Razorbacks with 13 home runs on the season.
It was a nice turnaround from last Tuesday night when Eibner struck out five times against New Mexico. Since that series he has gone 8-for-17 from the plate with 9 RBIs.
"I was really going for doubles and line drives turned into home runs," Eibner said. "I was just trying to do what I could to help the team out.
"We've been doing this all year. The power on the team is unbelievable. It's not surprising that guys can hit balls out at any time whether it's Tim Carver or Travis Sample. It's a good thing to have."
The Golden Eagles (18-17) pulled within 6-5 on a Jared Schlehuber two-run double off Razorback reliever Jeremy Heatley in the top of the fifth inning but could get no closer.
Travis Sample responded with an RBI single in the fifth to score Eibner; Cox hit an RBI single in the sixth to score Collin Kuhn; and Sample hit a solo home run in the seventh to make it 9-5 Arkansas.
Sample finished the game 3-for-4 to improve his batting average to a blistering .482. The home run was his first of the season.
Arkansas finished with 15 hits on the night. The Razorbacks now have at least 10 hits in 17 straight games.
"We have great firepower 1 through 9," said Monk Kreder, who extended his team-leading hit streak to 20 games with a fifth inning single. "Once again we had more than 10 hits in a game and that's what Coach (Todd) Butler has been preaching is get 12 hits every game.
"We had another big inning by putting up a five-spot in the fourth. It's tough to beat when you have the big inning. Hopefully we can carry that into this weekend against Florida."
Randall Fant pitched four innings in his first start back from a one-week suspension. Fant struck out five batters but gave up three solo home runs to the Golden Eagles, including back-to-back two-out home runs to Seth Furmanek and Brett Sowers to give Oral Roberts a 3-1 lead in the top of the fourth.
"He was just OK," Van Horn said. "I think we probably made some bad pitch selections and he missed some spots. There was one fastball that was supposed to be down and in, and it was up and away, and it left the yard. It's about location. He had pretty good stuff. He struck a couple of players out on some nice change-ups. He'll be OK."
Arkansas used six pitchers on the night, including junior left-hander Jason Fuqua, who made his first appearance on the mound in six weeks after an elbow injury. Fuqua worked a 1-2-3 seventh as Bo Bigham made a great defensive play to end the inning, diving to his right to stop a sharply-hit ball, jumping to his feet and delivering the ball to first base just in front of the runner's tag.
"It was good to see Jason Fuqua pitch because that's the first time he's pitched since the arm injury," Van Horn said. "It looks like he's going to be able to help us.
"We had four guys come in and throw four shutout innings and slow the game down. They scored a couple of runs there in the middle to stay with us. We looked like we were about to put it away up 6-3 and they came with a big two-out hit. The bullpen did a good job."
Oral Roberts took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on a Nick Baligod solo home run. Arkansas responded in the bottom half of the inning with Eibner's first home run of the night to tie the game 1-1.
Heatley picked up his fifth win of the year for the Razorbacks.