Arkansas Avoids Sweep With 10-4 Win


BATON ROUGE, La. โ€” Arkansas used a career day at the plate from freshman Blake Baxendale and cruised to a 10-4 victory over No. 16 LSU on Sunday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium.

Baxendale carried the team at the plate with a grand slam in the first inning for his first career home run, then added a run-scoring double in the fifth for a career-high five RBI day.

The Razorbacks (22-15, 7-8 in SEC) jumped all over the Tigers in the first inning, as a pair of hits and a walk loaded the bases for Baxendale who crushed a grand slam down the left field line on the second pitch. The grand slam was the second of the year for Arkansas and gave the Razorbacks a 4-0 first-inning lead.

After LSU (27-9-1, 8-6-1) cut the lead in half in the second inning, the Arkansas bats manufactured a run in the fourth and broke out with four more in the fifth. Baxendale was again center stage, lining a double down the left field for his career-high fifth RBI of the game. First baseman Eric Fisher continued his torrid stretch with his third home run in as many games to give the Razorbacks a 9-2 lead.

LSU pushed across runs in the sixth and seventh innings before Arkansas reached double digits when Andrew Benintendi lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to send Bobby Wernes home and give the Razorbacks a 10-4 victory.

Chris Oliver (4-3) earned his third win in his last four starts, throwing 7 innings and giving up four runs on four hits with seven walks and one strikeout. Zach Jackson came on in relief and worked 2 scoreless innings with two strikeouts.

Arkansas returns home Tuesday to host Stephen F. Austin for the first of nine straight games at Baum Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m.