Hogs shut out Louisiana Tech behind Scroggins's gem

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    The 10th-ranked Arkansas Baseball team bounced back from its first home loss of the year Sunday to shutout Louisiana Tech, 11-0, winning its first rubber match of the season behind a career performance from right-handed pitcher Cody Scroggins.

    The redshirt junior went a career-long six innings and struck out a career-high 11 batters, while walking only one and giving up two singles on 88 pitches. Scroggins didn’t even allow a baserunner past first base for his entire outing and retired seven of the first eight he faced. Sunday’s game was his’ first victory of the year and first decision in 27 career appearances dating back to 2016.

    Arkansas (12-2) got a more well-rounded performance from its offense starting with a four-run second inning, capped by a three-run home run by sophomore Casey Martin. It was his only hit of the game, but marked his third game with three or more RBIs this season. Martin’s bat heated up toward the end of the series as he drove in six runs in his last eight at-bats, all from three-run home runs.

    Jack Kenley and Jacob Nesbit both turned in two-hit games as well as Arkansas totaled 12 hits as a team, its sixth game this year with 10 or more hits and second of the series.

    The Hogs never looked back after jumping on Louisiana Tech (10-5) early, adding one more run in the sixth and then six more in the seventh as the offense was clicking once the Bulldogs had to go to their bullpen. In that inning, Arkansas sent 11 men to the plate with eight of the first nine reaching base. Heston Kjerstad got the rally going with one of his three hits in the game, a double to score Martin. It was followed by five singles, four that drove in runs as Nesbit, Casey Opitz, Matt Goodheart and Christian Franklin all found the hit column.

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