Arkansas defeats Louisiana Tech in series opener

By: Matt Jones
Published: Friday, March 8, 2019
Arkansas infielder Trevor Ezell looks toward the dugout during a game against Memphis on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Fayetteville.
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Arkansas infielder Trevor Ezell looks toward the dugout during a game against Memphis on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Fayetteville.

Arkansas 4, Louisiana Tech 2 - Final

Matt Cronin worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth to earn his fourth save. Kevin Kopps was the winning pitcher with a two-inning relief appearance.

The Razorbacks won despite being out-hit 7-6. Arkansas struck out 14 Tech hitters.

The play of the game was Trey Harris' two-out RBI double in the seventh inning. The Razorbacks have won 18 straight non-conference home games and 18 straight regular-season home games.

The teams play at 1 tomorrow afternoon.

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Arkansas 4, Louisiana Tech 2 - End 8th Inning

Matt Cronin is coming into the game trying for his fourth save. He will face the 5-6-7 batters in the Tech order.

Casey Martin struck out to end the bottom of the eighth. He is 0-for-5 today with three strikeouts, dropping his season average to .250.

Arkansas 4, Louisiana Tech 2 - Bottom 7th Inning

Trey Harris doubled on a 3-2 pitch to score two, but it was a controversial play. Third-base umpire Joseph Brown pointed foul on a ball that was fair inside the line at third base.

Louisiana Tech coach Lane Burroughs argued the call twice and was ejected. It's understandable why Burroughs is upset, but his players kept playing despite the mixed up call by the umpire.

Arkansas 2, Louisiana Tech 2 - Bottom 7th Inning

The Razorbacks have another two-out scoring opportunity in the seventh after Dominic Fletcher was hit by a pitch and Casey Opitz drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch. Trey Harris will pinch-hit for Matt Goodheart.

Louisiana Tech is making its second pitching change, going to freshman left hander Jonathan Fincher.

Arkansas 2, Louisiana Tech 2 - End 6th Inning

Arkansas just isn't getting anything from the top of the order. Casey Martin grounded out with two outs to strand runners at second and third. He is 0-for-4, including 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position.

The Razorbacks have stranded eight.

Jack Kenley and Christian Franklin both singled in the inning and moved up on a wild pitch.

Isaiah Campbell will take a no-decision tonight. His final line: 6 innings, 2 runs, 7 hits, 0 walks, 10 strikeouts.

Kevin Kopps is the new Arkansas pitcher.

Arkansas 2, Louisiana Tech 2 - End 5th Inning

Isaiah Campbell continues to deal for Arkansas. He has 10 strikeouts tonight after a 13-strikeout game last week.

The Razorbacks went down in order in the bottom of the inning. Arkansas has had base runners, but has struggled to do damage against the Tech pitcher with a big ERA.

Arkansas 2, Louisiana Tech 2 - End 4th Inning

Arkansas had what it wanted in the bottom of the inning, but Casey Martin popped up and Heston Kjerstad flied out after the Razorbacks loaded the bases with one out. Martin is 0-for-3 today after entering with a .277 average.

Jack Kenley singled and Jacob Nesbit and Christian Franklin walked in three consecutive at-bats.

Louisiana Tech pitcher Matt Miller has thrown 84 pitches and relievers are stirring in the bullpen.

Arkansas 2, Louisiana Tech 2 - Middle 4th Inning

Steele Netterville and Parker Bates had RBI hits in consecutive one-out at-bats for the Bulldogs. Bates stole second, but was stranded there when Isaiah Campbell blew a fastball past Tanner Huddleston to end the inning.

Campbell has eight strikeouts through four innings. He also has allowed five hits. His pitch count is at 68.

The Razorbacks missed a scoring chance in the third. Heston Kjerstad was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and advanced to third, but the inning ended when Casey Opitz grounded out.

Arkansas 2, Louisiana Tech 0 - End 2nd Inning

Both pitchers faced the minimum in the second. Campbell struck out all three batters he faced for the Razorbacks. Christian Franklin hit into a double play in the bottom of the inning and Casey Martin struck out for the second time to end it.

Arkansas 2, Louisiana Tech 0 - Bottom 1st Inning

After Casey Martin struck out chasing a pitch out of the zone to begin the inning, the next four Razorbacks reached, and two scored on an RBI single up the middle by Casey Opitz.

Heston Kjerstad, Trevor Ezell and Dominic Fletcher all walked with one out. Louisiana Tech right hander Matt Miller has really struggled out of the stretch. He has not pitched great this year, with a 5.68 ERA in 12 2/3 innings.

Arkansas 0, Louisiana Tech 0 - Middle 1st Inning

Hunter Wells and Taylor Young both singled to start the game for the Bulldogs, but Mason Mallard flied out and Steele Netterville hit into a 6-4-3 double play to get Isaiah Campbell out of the inning without harm.

Casey Martin did a nice job of beginning the double play and Jack Kenley turned it well, although Netterville didn't have the speed to make it very tough.

Pregame

It is a nice night in Fayetteville - overcast, but pleasant with a temperature near 60 degrees. A good crowd has made its way to the ballpark, probably the second-largest of the year behind opening day.

Arkansas has made one change to its lineup tonight, starting left-handed swinging Matt Goodheart against Louisiana Tech right hander Matt Miller. Isaiah Campbell is starting on the mound for the Razorbacks.

Louisiana Tech (9-3) comes into tonight's game following a midweek loss to Northwestern State. But the Bulldogs are a capable team, especially offensively, and are expected to win or finish second in their conference. After being left out of the NCAA Tournament with 39 wins a year ago, Louisiana Tech needs quality wins this year and one in Arkansas would be a feather in the cap.

This should be a good series and the best test the Razorbacks have faced yet.

Arkansas is wearing its white jerseys and pants, and red hats. Louisiana Tech is wearing blue tops and hats, and gray pants.

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