Arkansas completes sweep of Texas A&M

By: Scottie Bordelon , Matt Jones
Published: Sunday, May 13, 2018
Luke Bonfield rips a home run in the third inning against Texas A&M Sunday May 13, 2018 at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville. Arkansas won 6-3 to sweep the three game series.
Photo by J.T. Wampler
Luke Bonfield rips a home run in the third inning against Texas A&M Sunday May 13, 2018 at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville. Arkansas won 6-3 to sweep the three game series.

Arkansas 6, Texas A&M 3 - FINAL

Cronin struck out Cam Blake for the first out of the inning, but issued a pair of walks, which ended his day. He threw two no-hit innings, struck out a pair and walked two in his first appearance since April 20.

Barrett Loseke came on in relief and allowed a two-run single before retiring Michael Helman to end the game.

Luke Bonfield's three-run homer in the third inning was the big blow for the Aggies, who really only had a pair of true scoring opportunities. Texas A&M came close to tying the game in the seventh when Helman gave a Cronin pitch a ride to the fence in left, but Heston Kjerstad was there to make the catch.

Jack Kenley flashed a lot of leather Sunday, including a SportsCenter Top 10-worthy double play in the top of the third. He also added a nifty 6-3 double play in the sixth to get Arkansas out of a bases-loaded jam. Strong day defensively for him all around.

Isaiah Campbell earns his fourth win of the season after going five innings, allowing five hits - only one for extra bases - no runs, no walks and striking out seven.

Sunday marks Arkansas' fourth home SEC sweep of the season. Arkansas will close out the regular season next weekend at Georgia.

Arkansas 6, Texas A&M 1 - End 8th Inning

Luke Bonfield reached base safely thanks to an error by Aggies third baseman Allonte Wingate. Jordan McFarland came on to pinch run for him, and Fletcher singled to put two Razorbacks on with nobody out. Carson Shaddy laid down a nice sacrifice bunt - similarly to Jack Kenley's earlier in the game - and advanced two into scoring position for Casey Opitz.

Opitz then hit a sacrifice fly to left to score McFarland and extend Arkansas' lead with a valuable insurance run. Hunter Wilson drives in another run with a double to right. A&M right fielder Chandler Morris couldn't come up with the catch and Fletcher scored.

Matt Cronin will return to the mound to try to close this one out.

Arkansas 4, Texas A&M 1 - Middle 8th Inning

Jack Kenley keeps showing out shortstop today, making another nice play up the middle to nab Hunter Coleman at first. Carson Shaddy threw out Chandler Morris for the second out, and Cronin struck out Logan Foster swinging on an eye-level fastball.

Bonfield, Fletcher and Shaddy due up for Arkansas in the home eighth.

Arkansas 4, Texas A&M 1 - End 7th Inning

Jack Kenley reached on an error by A&M first baseman Hunter Coleman, who's had a really tough day (3 strikeouts at the plate). Eric Cole flew out to left and Casey Martin grounded into a 6-4-3 double play that ended the inning. The game umpires, though, got together to review the play at first, and the call of Martin being out at first was overturned.

Heston Kjerstad then ended the frame with a four-pitch strikeout. Matt Cronin returns to the mound for Arkansas.

Arkansas 4, Texas A&M 1 - Middle 7th Inning

Jake Reindl struck out Janca to open the seventh inning. Allonte Wingate reached base for the third time today with a five-pitch walk.

Grant Koch, who turned and ran to retrieve a ball that bounced off his mitt, badly turned his right ankle and was tended to by a team trainer and Dave Van Horn. He stayed down for a few minutes before slowly walking off the field. Casey Opitz will enter in Koch's place.

After Opitz entered, Reindl issued another walk, which ended his outing. Matt Cronin is making his first appearance since missing time with mono.

Cronin comes in and gets the job done, albeit with a little bit of a scare. Michael Helman, with two men on, gave a Cronin pitch a ride to the fence in left, but Kjerstad was there to make the play and end the threat.

Kenley, Cole and Martin are due up for the Razorbacks in the home seventh.

Arkansas 4, Texas A&M 1 - End 6th Inning

Grant Koch's bat went flying toward the Arkansas dugout, but he got enough on the swing to bloop a single into left-center. That ends Stephen Kolek's day. He gave up six hits and four earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. Kaylor Chafin is on in relief.

Chafin gets Hunter Wilson to ground into a routine 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Janca, Wingate and DeLoach are due up for the Aggies in the seventh. Wingate has a pair of hits in two at-bats today.

Arkansas 4, Texas A&M 1 - Middle 6th Inning

Bedford singled to center off Scroggins to lead off the sixth inning. Grant Koch couldn't get on top of a Scroggins pitch and it careened to the backstop, allowing Hunter Coleman to get to first after his third strikeout of the day and Bedford to scamper to third.

Evan Lee is coming on to relieve Scroggins, who threw a pair of wild pitches in 1/3 inning.

Chris Andritsos hit a bloop single into center to score the Aggies' first run of the day. Evan Lee's day is done now, too. Jake Reindl now on to pitch. He is Arkansas' third pitcher of the inning.

Reindl's first pitch hit Logan Foster on the hand/wrist, loading the bases for Cam Blake. Kenley then fielded a groundball up the middle and completed a 6-3 double play to get out of a big jam. It's Arkansas' third double-play ball of the game.

Arkansas 4, Texas A&M 0 - End 5th Inning

After a Kjerstad groundout, Bonfield singled to center for his second hit of the day. Dominic Fletcher then ripped a Kolek fastball toward first, but it was caught by Hunter Coleman. Coleman then stepped on first to double off Bonfield and end the frame.

Isaiah Campbell's day is done. Cody Scroggins will enter in relief. Campbell went five innings, allowed five hits - only one for extra bases - no runs and struck out seven. He did not issue a walk.

Arkansas 4, Texas A&M 0 - Middle 5th Inning

Cam Blake hit a sharp single through the right side to open the inning. It was Texas A&M's first hit since a leadoff single in the third. Campbell then got Janca to pop up to Carson Shaddy in shallow right-center for the first out.

Allonte Wingate went the other way for the second time today with a hard-hit single to center, putting two Aggies on with one away. DeLoach hit a low-liner to left, which was caught by Kjerstad. He then threw to second to double off Blake and end the top half.

Kjerstad, Bonfield and Shaddy are due up for Arkansas in the fifth.

Arkansas 4, Texas A&M 0 - End 4th Inning

Arkansas opens again with a leadoff walk, this time Hunter Wilson, who advances to second on a perfect sacrifice bunt by Kenley. The bunt was trending foul, but A&M first baseman Hunter Coleman elected to pick it up and tag Kenley for the first out.

Eric Cole, after fouling another ball off his foot, grounded out to second, advancing Wilson to third. Cole came up a bit gimpy after running to first. Casey Martin then hit a sharp groundball to third, and Aggies third baseman Allonte Wingate gunned down Wilson at the plate to end the frame.

Blake, Janca and Wingate are due up for the Aggies in the fifth.

Arkansas 4, Texas A&M 0 - Middle 4th Inning

Campbell opened the fourth with his sixth strikeout of the day, then Carson Shaddy made a terrific play behind second base, throwing across his body to nab Will Frizzell at first. Campbell closed the top half with his seventh K of the day.

Campbell sits at 60 pitches - 40 strikes - through four. Wilson, Kenley and Cole are due up for the Razorbacks.

Arkansas 4, Texas A&M 0 - End 3rd Inning

Casey Martin began the bottom of the third with a walk, and Kjerstad was hit on the right arm by the first pitch he saw from Kolek, bringing Bonfield to the plate. Bonfield then hammered a 3-run home run into the Hog Pen to extend Arkansas' lead.

Carson Shaddy added a single following a Fletcher strikeout. Koch later grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. Isaiah Campbell returns to the mound with a good bit of run support.

Arkansas 1, Texas A&M 0 - Middle 3rd Inning

Allonte Wingate singled past a diving Carson Shaddy for a single on the first pitch of the inning. DeLoach hit a groundball to Hunter Wilson at first, but his throw to second was high and Wingate wound up safe at second. Kenley's throw to first was too late.

Campbell came back and got Bedford on strikes for his fifth strikeout of the day. Campbell then got some help from his middle infielders as Kenley laid out to make a diving stop on a sharp liner up the middle and glove-flipped the ball to Shaddy, who completed the SportsCenter Top 10-esque 6-4-3 double play.

Martin, Kjerstad and Bonfield are due up for the Razorbacks in the third.

Arkansas 1, Texas A&M 0 - End 2nd Inning

Grant Koch worked a nine-pitch at-bat to lead off the home half, fouling off five pitches before striking out looking for the first out. Hunter Wilson followed with a groundout to shortstop.

Jack Kenley worked a 3-0 count, took a strike, fouled off two pitches then drew a walk to bring Eric Cole to the plate. Cole then hit a routine flyball to left.

Wingate, DeLoach and Bedford are due up for the Aggies in the third.

Arkansas 1, Texas A&M 0 - Middle 2nd Inning

Will Frizzell hit a ground-rule double to lead off the second and advanced to third with two outs, but Isaiah Campbell struck out George Janca to end the inning. Campbell also had a strike out for the first out of the inning and has four strikeouts today.

Arkansas 1, Texas A&M 0 - Bottom 1st Inning

Texas A&M has committed two errors in the first inning, helping the Razorbacks to the early lead.

Eric Cole singled and advanced to second on a fielding error by the right fielder. He scored when shortstop George Janca couldn't handle a throw to second by Texas A&M pitcher Stephen Kolek. Luke Bonfield got an RBI on the play because a double play could not be assumed.

The Razorbacks put runners on the corners with two outs, but Carson Shaddy grounded out to strand two.

Isaiah Campbell pitched well for Arkansas in the top of the inning, working around a one-out single.

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