Steve Franz

Baseball Falls at Arkansas, 9-3

Bill Franques
Bill Franques
Communications Sr. Associate

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas right-hander Blaine Knight fired six scoreless innings Friday night, and the 14th-ranked Razorbacks belted three home runs in a 9-3 win over No. 13 LSU at Baum Stadium.

Arkansas improved to 25-6 overall and 8-2 in the SEC, while LSU dropped to 20-11 overall and 5-5 in conference play.

The teams meet in Game 2 of the series at 6 p.m. CT on Saturday in a contest that will be broadcast on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network and may be heard at  www.LSUsports.net.live. The game may also be viewed on SEC Network +, accessible at WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app.

“It was a tough loss, but it’s one of only 30 games in our league,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We’ve got to put this one behind us and be ready to play better tomorrow. Arkansas played well and deserved to win tonight.”

Knight (5-1) limited the Tigers to no runs on three hits in six innings with three walks and six strikeouts. LSU starter Alex Lange (3-4) was charged with the loss as he allowed three runs – two earned – on six hits in 4.1 innings with five walks and seven strikeouts.

Third baseman Jared Gates led the Razorbacks’ 12-hit output by going 3-for-5 at the plate with a homer and two RBI. Designated hitter Eric Cole was 2-for-5 with a double, a homer and two RBI, and first baseman Chad Spanberger unloaded a three-run dinger.

LSU rightfielder Greg Deichmann was 2-for-4 with a run-scoring single to lead the Tigers at the plate.

Cole gave Arkansas a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second with a solo homer, his third dinger of the season.

The Razorbacks extended the lead to 3-0 in the fifth when second baseman Carson Shaddy reached on an error and scored on Cole’s double before Cole scored on a double by shortstop Jax Biggers.

Arkansas added three runs in the sixth against reliever Russell  Reynolds as Shaddy delivered an RBI single and third baseman Gates launched a two-run homer, his second dinger of the year.

LSU reduced the deficit to 6-1 in the seventh when pinch hitter Jordan Romero lined a run-scoring single, but Arkansas responded in the bottom of the frame with a three-run homer by first baseman Chad Spanberger, his fifth dinger of the year.

Deichmann lined an RBI single and third baseman Josh Smith lifted a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to narrow the gap to 9-3.

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