FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Another day, another win for the Razorback Baseball team on Saturday. This time in a different fashion than the five wins before. From the first inning all the way to the final out it was all Arkansas.
The second-ranked Razorbacks opened up the first inning with four runs in the bottom and never looked back. Southeast Missouri State never stood a chance on Saturday as the Hogs would roll to a 9-3 victory inside Baum-Walker Stadium on Saturday. The sixth win of the season. Arkansas has now won six straight to begin the 2021 campaign.
Peyton Pallette was fantastic in his second start on the monks for Arkansas. He struck out eight batters in five innings of work. Pallette allowed only three hits and walked one which kept SEMO’s offense from ever finding life.
Arkansas basically held batting practice through the first three innings while their lead ballooned to right runs. With early back-to-back RBI singles from outfielder Christian Franklin and Matt Goodheart, Arkansas looked to be pacing themselves early.
Goodheart made his season debut after dealing with a non-COVID illness. His RBI pushed the Hogs out to a 2-0 lead.
Franklin continues to go yard as he hit his third home run in as many days to left field. With the homer, Arkansas would extend their lead to 6-0.
BP would continue in the third inning as Robert Moore had an RBI single. He would later score on a wild pitch to help out the Hogs up 8-0.
Freshman phenomenon, Jalen Battles hit a RBI double in the fourth inning to end the offensive onslaught. Arkansas went ahead, 9-0.
Pallette threw 48 strikes on 68 pitches. He had two strikeouts in the fifth inning before being pulled for the day. Zach Morris would come in to relieve Pallette and was very impressive in his first appearance.
Morris was caught in a pickle with bases loaded but was able to pitch out of it. After Morris exited the game Gabriel Starks came in to close out. In his collegiate debut he struck out one RedHawk batter.
These two teams will play game four of their series against the tomorrow with first pitch schedules for 1 PM. If the Razorbacks win, a #1 ranking could be in store with several top five teams losing this week.
Arkansas will look to have their first 7-0 start with a win tomorrow. That would be their first since 2016 when that team also started 7-0. Under Dave Van Horn, the Razorbacks have started 7-0 eight times in his 19 seasons as head coach.