After losing the first two games of a three-game set at Baum Stadium, Loyola Marymount bounced back in a big way Sunday, shutting out and handing Arkansas its worst regular season nonconference home loss in 15 years, 9-0.
Not a lot went right for Dave Van Horn's club as the offense could only muster three total hits while the pitching staff used eight different arms and surrendered 11 hits to the Lions.
Loyola Marymount (9-6) apparently brought their boomsticks to the park, belting four home runs. In all, they hit five home runs this weekend, one more than than they entered the series with in their first 12 games.
The Lions used four runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth to blow the game open. Tanner Donnels then hit a three-run shot in the top of the ninth to set the final score.
LMU got on the board in the fourth on a solo shot from David Fletcher, then three batters later Sean Watkins hammered a Keaton McKinney pitch over the Arkansas bullpen to make it 3-0. Things then just got out of hand as Jackson Lowery as he hit Austin Miller between the numbers. Miller then proceeded to swipe second, third and home (on a double steal) to make it 4-0.
And it only got uglier in the fifth as LMU DH David Edwards smashed a home run over the Lions bullpen to put his team up 6-0. Then in the ninth Donnels homered to right center, nearly hitting the scoreboard, to officially put the game out of reach.
There's literally nothing positive to take away from the game other than a 2-1 series win. Tyler Spoon's 12-game hit streak ended with an 0-4 day. Michael Bernal also stranded eight runners on base, leaving the bases loaded twice with a pair of groundouts and two more on as he made the final out of the game.
The Arkansas offense essentially took the day off as it totaled just three hits – one each from Bobby Wernes, Brett McAfee and Carson Shaddy. After such a hot start on opening weekend, Clark Eagan has gone AWOL, lowering his batting average to .286.
The Razorbacks will continue their stretch against WCC competition Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. as they host Gonzaga, luckily without Kevin Pangos and Kyle Wiltjer.