It was a bruff outing for Stephen F. Austin at "Bark in the Park" Tuesday night against the Razorbacks.
James Teague shutdown the Lumberjacks with arguably the best outing of his career. In seven innings of work he only gave up one run on six hits. His mistake came in the seventh when he gave up a harmless solo shot to Dan O'Niell.
The Hogs scored early and often, mostly with the help of the Lumberjacks. Patrick Day, the starting pitcher for Stephen F. Austin, walked six batters in 2 1/3 innings of work.
A walk-HBP-walk combo to lead off the game for the Hogs gave to opportunity for Tyler Spoon to hit a RBI sacrifice fly to shallow center. It didn't ultimately matter, but the Hogs failed to score anymore runs that inning with men on second and third and one out.
Nonetheless, Arkansas put up two run in both the second and third innings. In the second, back-to-back walks lead off the inning (see the trend here), followed by a single by Brett McAfee to load up the bases. Joe Serrano came up with a RBI, but grounded into a double play in the process. Carson Shaddy followed up Serrano with a RBI single to make it 3-0 Hogs.
Spoon lead off the third with a single and was driven in by Bobby Wernes' fifth triple of the season. Wernes later scored on a sacrifice fly by McAfee. With the Hogs up 5-0, the game wasn't in doubt. But, the Hogs refused to quit scoring.
Arkansas added another run in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings. Wernes scored on a Luke Bonfield RBI double in the fifth. Serrano scored on a RBI single by Shaddy in the sixth. McAfee lead off the eighth with a double and later scored on a RBI single by Serrano.
The Lumberjacks added a meaningless run in the top of the ninth off of Kyle Pate to end the game 8-2. Josh Alberius also pitched a hitless eighth.
The offense was spread out for the Hogs. Shaddy, Spoon, Wernes and McAfee all had two hit games and six different Razorbacks had RBIs.
The Hogs look to sweep the midweek series against Steve Austin tomorrow at 3:05 p.m.