Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
UNLV takes first game from Arkansas
Arkansas' starter Colin Poche throws against UNLV Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Kenny Oakley pitched 6 1/3 innings to lead UNLV to a 10-7 win over Arkansas on Tuesday night at Baum Stadium.
Oakley allowed five runs on six hits, but struck out five batters and was backed up by a strong offensive performance. He was hit in the groin on a line drive by Andrew Benintendi in the seventh inning and left the game one batter later.
A matchup between two of college baseball's top pitching teams yielded a few more runs than expected. The Rebels' 10 runs were the second-most the Razorbacks have allowed this season, while Arkansas tagged UNLV for its highest run total since a February game against Tennessee.
T.J. White's two-run double with two outs in the fourth inning gave UNLV a 5-4 lead and the Rebels never trailed again. The hit came off Arkansas reliever Landon Simpson, who replaced starter Colin Poche after the second inning.
Simpson gave up four runs in three innings on the mound and struck out five batters. He also gave up a two-out home run to Edgar Montes in the sixth inning.
UNLV (23-9) took control of the game with a four-run sixth inning to extend its lead to 10-4. Three of those runs came off freshman reliever James Teague, who recorded only one out.
Arkansas (20-13) added two runs in the seventh inning, scoring on a bases-loaded walk by Brian Anderson and a sacrifice fly by Eric Fisher. The Razorbacks stranded the bases loaded when Jake Wise popped up to the shortstop to end the inning.
Anderson added a solo home run with two outs in the ninth inning, extending his hit streak to nine games.
The Rebels jumped ahead 2-0 on a sacrifice fly by Dylan Ellis and a two-out double by Joey Armstrong in the second inning. Arkansas took the lead in the bottom of the inning on a three-run home run by Michael Bernal, who hit the Razorbacks' first home run in 15 games.
UNLV tied the game in the third inning on a sac fly from Morgan Stotts, but the Razorbacks regained the lead in the bottom of the inning when White committed an error at third base, allowing Joe Serrano to score.
Poche pitched two innings in a no-decision for the Razorbacks, allowing two runs on four hits. Jackson Lowery pitched the final 3 2/3 innings for Arkansas, allowing one run on one hit. Lowery struck out five batters.
The two teams are scheduled to play again Wednesday at 6:05 p.m.