Arkansas Ends Baseball's 15-Game Streak

LSU's Chris Sciambra
LSU's Chris Sciambra
Hilary Scheinuk
Bill Franques
Bill Franques
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Right-hander Ryne Stanek fired 6.2 shutout innings Saturday night and catcher Jake Wise drove in four runs to lead No. 10 Arkansas to an 8-3 win over top-ranked LSU at Baum Stadium.

The Razorbacks’ victory evened the series at one game apiece, as Arkansas improved to 25-11 overall and 9-5 in the SEC. LSU, which saw its 15-game win streak end, is 33-3 overall and 12-2 in conference action. The Tigers had won 10 straight SEC games prior to Saturday’s loss.

LSU leads Arkansas by three games in the SEC Western Division, and the Tigers are one game behind Vanderbilt (13-1) in the overall league standings.

LSU and Arkansas conclude the series at 1 p.m. Sunday in a game that will be televised by Cox Sports Television, and it can be heard on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network. Live video is available in the Geaux Zone at; however, the streaming video will be blacked out in states that receive Cox Sports Television.

“It just wasn’t our night tonight, we hit the ball hard early and we had some tough breaks, but you have to credit Arkansas for playing well and winning the game,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “Over the course of 56 games, you’re going to have nights like this - we just have to shake it off, re-group, and come back here tomorrow ready to try to win this series.”

Stanek (4-2) worked 6.2 innings, allowing no runs on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts. He threw 103 pitches in earning his third SEC win of the year.

LSU starter Ryan Eades (7-1) suffered his first loss of the season, surrendering five runs on eight hits in four innings with three walks and five strikeouts.

“Ryan has been almost perfect for us all season with a 7-0 record and a very low ERA, but he just had a tough outing,” Mainieri said. “Arkansas is  a Top 10 team for a reason; they have great players and they executed very well tonight.”

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning, when Arkansas erupted for four runs on five hits against Eades. The inning was highlighted by Wise’s three-run homer, his second of the season, that gave the Razorbacks a 3-0 advantage. The dinger was the home run this season allowed by Eades.

Arkansas added another run in the fourth when rightfielder Tyler Spoon delivered an RBI single.

The Razorbacks stretched the lead to 8-0 in the seventh against LSU reliever Will LaMarche. Third baseman Jacob Mahan’s two-run single and a bases-loaded walk to shortstop Brett McAfee provided the scoring in the inning.

The Tigers struck for three runs in the ninth inning against Arkansas reliever Landon Simpson as Chris Sciambra delivered a two-run single and Chris Chinea scored on a wild pitch.

Arkansas 8, LSU 3 (Apr 13, 2013 at Fayetteville, Ark.)
LSU.................... 000 000 003  -  3  7  1        (33-3, 12-2 SEC)
Arkansas............ 000 410 30X  -  8 12  1      (25-11, 9-5 SEC)
Pitchers: LSU - Ryan Eades; Nick Rumbelow(5); Will LaMarche(7); Nate Fury(7); Kurt McCune(8) and Ty Ross; Michael Barash.
Arkansas - Ryne Stanek; Jalen Beeks(7); Landon Simpson(9); Michael Gunn(9) and Jake Wise.
Win-Ryne Stanek(4-2)  Loss-Ryan Eades(7-1)  T-2:55  A-10377
HR AR - Jake Wise (2).
Eades faced 2 batters in the 5th.
Simpson, L. faced 4 batters in the 9th.




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