Blake Baxendale hit a grand slam home run in the first inning to propel Arkansas to a 10-4 victory against LSU in their Southeastern Conference series finale Sunday afternoon at The Box.
HOW THEY SCORED
Arkansas first inning - Tyler Spoon doubled and moved to third on a single by Andrew Benintendi. A walk to Joe Serrano loaded the bases. After Brian Anderson popped out to second baseman Conner Hale, Baxendale hit a grand slam home run over the leftfield fence. ARKANSAS 4, LSU 0
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LSU second inning - With one out, Tyler Moore walked. After Hale flied out to the centerfielder, Andrew Stevenson was hit by a pitch and Christian Ibarra walked to load the bases. Moore and Stevenson scored on a single by Jake Fraley. ARKANSAS 4, LSU 2
Arkansas fourth inning - With one out, Eric Fisher walked and went to third on a single by Bobby Wernes. Cody Glenn made a throwing error to second base on Jake Wise's potential double-play ground ball and Fisher scored. ARKANSAS 5, LSU 2
Arkansas fifth inning - Benintendi walked and stole second. Serrano walked. Glenn wild pitched the runners to second and third. Benintendi scored on a sacrifice fly to rightfielder Mark Laird by Anderson. Serrano scored on a double by Baxendale. Fisher hit a two-run homer over the rightfield fence. ARKANSAS 9, LSU 2
LSU sixth inning - Moore doubled. After Hale grounded out to the shortstop, Moore went to third on a wild pitch by Chris Oliver. Moore scored on a sacrifice fly to the leftfielder by Stevenson. ARKANSAS 9, LSU 3
LSU seventh inning - With one out, Sean McMullen walked. McMullen moved to second on Laird's ground out to the shortstop. After Alex Bregman walked, McMullen scored on a single by Scivicque. ARKANSAS 9, LSU 4
Arkansas eighth inning - Wernes walked and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Wise. Michael Bernal was hit by a pitch and Spoon walked to load the bases. Wernes scored on a sacrifice fly to the centerfielder Stevenson. ARKANSAS 10, LSU 4
LSU WASTED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
Third inning - With one out, Bregman was hit by a pitch. After Scivicque flied out to the centerfielder, Moore walked. Hale flied out to the rightfielder.
Fifth inning - With one out, Laird walked and advanced to second on a single by Bregman. Scivicque hit into a 6-4-3 double play.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER
LSU only picked up four hits. Fraley had a two-run, two-out single in the second inning. Moore had a double and scored two of the Tigers' four runs.
Kyle Bouman lasted one inning as he allowed four runs on the grand slam by Baxendale - his first home run of the season. Arkansas filled the bases on a double by Spoon, a single by Benintendi and a walk to Serrano - the first three batters in the Razorbacks lineup. After getting an infield pop up, Bouman yielded the long homer to Baxendale. The loss was the second of the season for Bouman, who was lifted after one inning.
Glenn got off to a good relief outing by retiring the first seven batters he faced. But, Glenn was then his own worst enemy with three walks and a throwing error. All three batters who walked came around to score. Glenn walked one batter in the fourth. Glenn was ready to get out of that inning when he got Wise to hit a double-play ball back to the mound. However, Glenn made a poor throw to second base and a run scored. After walking the first two batters in the fifth, Glenn was replaced by Cody Domangue. The game got out of hand with Domangue on the mound. He threw a wild pitch, gave up a sacrifice fly, a run-scoring double by Baxendale and a two-run homer by Fisher. Nate Fury got the Tigers out of the inning with a pop up and a strikeout. In his first appearance of the series, Parker Bugg threw a scoreless sixth. He allowed one hit and struck out one. Hunter Devall tossed a scoreless seventh with one strikeout. Anderson reached base on an error by the third baseman Ibarra, but Scivicque threw him out stealing. Henri Faucheux had control problems in the eighth as he loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batter. Faucheux allowed a run on a sacrifice fly. Zac Person pitched the ninth and gave up a single. The seven relief pitchers were charged with six of Arkansas's ten runs.
For the second straight weekend, LSU used three starting catchers. Scivicque caught Sunday after Moore was behind the plate Friday and Chris Chinea on Saturday. Fraley was the leftfielder with McMullen the designated hitter. Moore played first base with Hale at second base. . .Stevenson had his hitting streak ended at four games. He was 0-for-2 with a hit batter and a sacrifice fly. . .Hale went hitless in ten official at-bats in the series. McMullen was 1-for-10 and Laird was for 1-for-12 in the three games. Bregman and Scivicque each had two hits in the series. . .LSU stranded seven runners, four in scoring position. The Tigers were 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position. . .Oliver, who won his fourth game, gave up four runs and four hits in seven innings. He got the victory even though he walked seven and struck out just one. . .Baxendale had three RBIs on the year prior to his first-inning grand slam. . .Fisher hit a home run in the fifth inning of each game of the series. Prior to this weekend, Fisher had two homers for the season. . .The ten runs were the most allowed by LSU in a home game this season. . .The Tigers are 0-6 this year when the opposing team scores at least five runs. . .LSU pitchers walked six batters and five of them scored runs. . .The loss ended LSU's seven-game winning streak. The Tigers are 27-9-1 overall, 8-6-1 in the SEC. The Tigers are in fourth place in the overall SEC standings. . .Arkansas is 22-15 overall, 7-8 in the SEC. The Razorbacks are tied with Kentucky, Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt for seventh place in the overall conference standings. . .The paid attendance was 10,695. The actual crowd was 5,734. The actual attendance for the three-game series was 18,199.
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
"It was a tough day for us right from the start. We got off to a bad start. We get two strikes on the first batter and we give up a double. We got another ball up and we give up a hit and then we walk a guy. We got away with a high pitch and get an out. Then, we throw another high pitch and it goes for a home run. You have got to execute pitches better than that. That put us in the hole right away. All of a sudden we are down 4-0."
"We came right back with Fraley's hit. Their pitcher tried to get us back in the game. He walked seven and hit two. That's nine free base runners. We just didn't take advantage of them. We couldn't execute a double play and it becomes 5-2. Then, they broke the game open. We didn't do anything well enough to win today. It was a tough way to spend Sunday."
"It does make a difference when you get behind 4-0 at the start. But, in baseball, anything can happen. You can score five runs in one inning. I was hoping my hit would give us a spark. Their pitcher didn't have much control of his fast ball. But, he made the pitches when he had to."
LSU will play Southern Mississippi in the Wally Pontiff, Jr. Classic at Zephyr Field in Metairie on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Golden Eagles (21-16) won two of three games from UAB this weekend. Mainieri is undecided upon the starting pitcher for the Tigers. The LSU-USM game will be broadcast on CST.