FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas opened its six-game homestand with a 4-3 win against Grambling State in Baum Stadium on Tuesday.
The Razorbacks (10-7) scored four runs in the third inning and held the Tigers (3-16) without a run until the eighth. Arkansas sent 10 batters to the plate during the third, which began with leadoff hitter Clark Eagan’s single. Grambling scored two runs in the eighth and another in the ninth before a lineout with runners on the corners ended the game.
Sophomore Colin Poche (1-0) earned his first win with a season-long 4 innings pitched. The Flower Mound, Texas, native recorded three strikeouts, tying his season high, and allowed just one hit while operating under a pitch count. He retired the final 11 batters he faced after two runners reached base with one out in the first inning. Freshman James Teague was called on in relief and stretched the consecutive outs streak to 17 with 2 perfect innings. Freshman Zach Jackson was credited with his first collegiate save by finishing off the final two outs in the top of the ninth.
Sophomore Bobby Wernes led the offense with a 2-for-4 day that included a career-high two RBI. Redshirt freshman Blake Baxendale also recorded two hits, finishing the game 2-for-3, and junior Eric Fisher added an RBI. Sophomore Michael Bernal was hit by a pitch in two of his four at bats and made multiple plays at shortstop, including a diving stop behind the second base bag to end the sixth.
“We had some young players out there and hopefully they learn from the experience,” Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. “It was more about getting guys rest, but we also needed to get young guys some experience. I think we will probably play more of the starters (today).”
The Razorbacks and Tigers return to Baum Stadium for the series finale at 3:05 p.m.