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Arkansas sweeps NSU

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KALB News Channel 5) Arkansas jumped on the Northwestern State baseball team with four big innings in the first five frames that helped the Razorbacks sweep the Demons in a two-game midweek set with a 15-3 win Wednesday afternoon at Baum Stadium.
 
The Demons (22-19) gave up three extra base hits, two of which were home runs, in the second, third and fourth innings that knocked in seven runs. Arkansas improved to 27-16 on the season.
 
Eric Fisher knocked in the Razorbacks' first run in the second inning on a single to the right side that scored Brian Anderson from second base.  Anderson reached on a single through the left side that led off the frame. Fisher scored with Blake Baxendale on a double to right center field from Jake Wise.
 
Wise scored two batters later on a single up the middle from UA leadoff hitter Tyler Spoon.  
 
Fisher hit a two-run home run over the right field wall on the first pitch he saw in the third inning that pushed the score to 6-1 in favor of Arkansas. Fisher finished the day with two hits in four at-bats and had two runs scored and knocked in.
 
The Razorbacks added three more runs in the fourth inning on a three-run bomb from Anderson that scored Clark Eagan and Joe Serrano.  Eagan reached on a single up the middle, and Serrano reached on a four-pitch walk.
 
 They added to two more in the fifth inning on a single to left center field from Michael Bernal, and a fielder's choice from Clark Eagan.  Bobby Wernes scored on Bernals' single after he reached on a walk.  Wise, who reached on a single to left field, scored from third base on the fielder's choice.
 
Northwestern State scored the game's first run on a solo homer over the left field wall from Nathan Lyons in the second inning. It added another in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly to left from Nick Heath that scored Nathan Lyons, who reached base on a single to third base. 
 
The final run the Demons scored was in the ninth inning on Cort Brinson's double to left field that pushed across Heath, who drew a five-pitch walk that led off the inning.
 
Arkansas added four more in the eighth inning after it loaded the bases with no outs. Tyler Spoon, who led off the frame with a single, scored on a single from Krisjon Wilkerson. Clark, who was walked in the second at-bat, scored from third base on a wild pitch.
 
Garrett Rucker scored on a groundout from Fisher three batters after he reached on a single, and Wilkerson scored on a groundout from Bobby Wiernes.
 
Devin Bear (0-2) took the loss after he worked 1.2 innings in his first career start as a Demon.  He gave up four runs on four hits and two walks.  Evan Tidwell relieved him and lasted 1.1 innings with one hit and two runs allowed.
 
Joey Parrack, Fielding Matkins, Andrew Adams, Hunter Duvic and Steven Spann all worked one inning in the game.  Every pitcher until Adams and Duvic allowed a run while on the mound. Spann gave up the final four runs in the eighth inning.
 
Alex Phillips started on the mound for the Hogs and pitched three innings with one run allowed.  Dominic Taccolini worked two innings and gave up three hits and struck out three.  Landon Simpson pitched one inning and allowed one run on two hits and two walks.
 
James Teague pitched two innings and gave up one walk with two strikeouts. Lance Phillips finished the game with one inning pitched. Phillips allowed the game's last run in the ninth inning on a walk, hit by pitch, and double.
 
Brinson had three hits in five at-bats with a run knocked in, and Nathan Lyons was 3-of-4 with two runs scored and one batted in. Garrett Logan, Gomez and Caleb Dugas all contributed hits.
 
The Demons were outhit 13-9, and gave up multiple hits to four different Razorbacks.  Spoon, Anderson, Baxendale and Wise all had two-hit games. Every Hog that started the game had a hit, except for Wernes.
 
NSU will move on to a crucial Southland Conference series with Central Arkansas that starts on Friday at 6:30.  The second game of the set will be on Saturday at 2 o'clock and the final contest will be at 1 o'clock on Sunday. ?
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