Arkansas strikes out 17 in win over No. 4 Texas Tech

By: Matt Jones
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Arkansas designated hitter Luke Bonfield hits an RBI single during a game against Texas Tech on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Fayetteville.
Photo by Andy Shupe
Arkansas designated hitter Luke Bonfield hits an RBI single during a game against Texas Tech on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Fayetteville.

Arkansas 5, Texas Tech 1 - Final

What can you say about Arkansas pitching tonight? The Razorbacks struck out 17 Red Raiders and allowed only four hits - none after the third inning. Texas Tech entered the game top 10 nationally in most offensive categories, including fourth in batting average.

Barrett Loseke struck out the side in the ninth to close out the best performance of his career. He struck out 10 and retired all 13 batters he faced. And he did it in only 52 pitches.

Arkansas won despite stranding 13 runners, mostly in scoring position. The Razorbacks out-hit Texas Tech 10-4.

We'll have much more after the postgame interviews.

Arkansas 5, Texas Tech 1 - End 8th Inning

Barrett Loseke is coming on for the top of the ninth after the Razorbacks stranded the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth. The inning ended when Jordan McFarland struck out. The Razorbacks have stranded 13, including a runner in scoring position every inning - not every inning but one as I stated earlier.

Arkansas 5, Texas Tech 1 - Middle 8th Inning

Barrett Loseke continues to dominate one of the nation's top hitting teams. He has retired all 10 batters he has faced and struck out seven.

The Razorbacks have 14 strikeouts tonight and haven't allowed a Texas Tech hit since the third inning.

Arkansas 5, Texas Tech 1 - End 7th Inning

The Razorbacks have stranded runners in scoring position in six of seven innings tonight. Jax Biggers was the latest to be stranded - at second in the seventh inning after he drew a one-out walk.

Arkansas has stranded 10 tonight and is 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

Arkansas 5, Texas Tech 1 - Middle 7th Inning

Barrett Loseke has struggled for a couple of weeks, but he has looked outstanding tonight in relief. He has retired all seven batters he has faced and needed just 21 pitches. He has five strikeouts.

Arkansas pitchers have 12 strikeouts tonight.

Arkansas 5, Texas Tech 1 - End 6th Inning

Dominic Fletcher reached on a fielding error by the first baseman and advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher, but was stranded when Jared Gates struck out to end the inning.

Arkansas has had a runner stranded at third base in each of the last four innings.

The attendance tonight is 6,871.

Arkansas 5, Texas Tech 1 - Middle 6th Inning

Barrett Loseke struck out Texas Tech's 4-5-6 hitters in the sixth. He has needed only 17 pitches to record five outs.

Texas Tech, which entered the game fourth nationally in batting average, has only four hits tonight and none since the third inning.

Arkansas 5, Texas Tech 1 - End 5th Inning

Jax Biggers and Grant Koch both doubled in the fifth, but the Razorbacks were unable to score any runs because Biggers had to hold up on Koch's long fly ball that was nearly caught by left fielder Grant Little. Hunter Wilson struck out for the second out of the inning and Eric Cole hit a line drive right to the second baseman to end the inning.

Arkansas has stranded eight runners. The Razorbacks are out-hitting the Red Raiders 10-4.

Arkansas 5, Texas Tech 1 - Middle 5th Inning

Texas Tech drew a leadoff walk and a one-out walk, prompting Arkansas to go to the bullpen. Barrett Loseke induced a double play groundout by the next batter. Jax Biggers fielded the ball, stepped on second and threw to first to end the inning.

Arkansas 5, Texas Tech 1 - End 4th Inning

The fourth inning was the first that did not include a run for either team. Arkansas came close when Luke Bonfield singled with one out, advanced to second on a wild pitch and third on a fielder's choice. Bonfield is 2-for-2 today and has drawn a walk.

Evan Lee struck out two in the top of the inning. The Razorbacks are out-hitting the Red Raiders 8-4.

Arkansas 5, Texas Tech 1 - End 3rd Inning

Evan Lee struck out Zach Rheams on an inside slider to end the inning and strand a runner at third. Lee needed only three pitches to record the strikeout.

Arkansas 5, Texas Tech 1 - Top 3rd Inning

The Red Raiders had back-to-back singles to lead off the third inning and advanced on a pair of wild pitches and a passed ball, and Gabe Holt scored on Brian Klein's RBI single. Jackson Rutledge limited the damage by getting two straight line outs, and now Evan Lee is entering the game with a runner at third and two outs.

Arkansas 5, Texas Tech 0 - End 2nd Inning

Luke Bonfield and Dominic Fletcher both had two-out RBI hits to extend Arkansas' lead. The Razorbacks had four straight reach base with two outs in the inning, beginning with Eric Cole's hit by pitch. Heston Kjerstad followed with a single up the middle.

The Razorbacks are out-hitting the Red Raiders 5-3.

Arkansas 3, Texas Tech 0 - End 1st Inning

The Razorbacks put their first five batters on base and scored on Dominic Fletcher's RBI single and Jared Gates' hit by pitch with the bases loaded. Jordan McFarland followed by hitting into a double play, but it allowed Luke Bonfield to score from third base.

Arkansas had 2 hits, 1 walk and the Red Raiders had an error in the inning.

Arkansas 0, Texas Tech 0 - Middle 1st Inning

Texas Tech had two hits and drew a walk in the first inning, but Jackson Rutledge got out of the bases-loaded jam with a swinging strikeout from Cameron Warren on a breaking ball a foot in front of the plate.

Pregame

Arkansas and Texas Tech are just underway at Baum Stadium.

It is a beautiful night in Fayetteville, with temperatures in the 70s and sunny skies at first pitch. It is a decent-sized crowd, but a bit smaller than I expected for this game. Perhaps it will fill in throughout the night.

Arkansas will throw Jackson Rutledge, the 6-8 right-hander, tonight. Rutledge has a 2.08 ERA in 10 appearances this year.

Texas Tech will counter with right-hander Ryan Sublette, who has an 8.62 ERA in eight appearances.

The Razorbacks are without two starters tonight, second baseman Carson Shaddy and third baseman Casey Martin. Both are nursing what are believed to be minor injuries.

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