McConnell and Hode Give Arkansas
Series Win Over Vanderbilt, 8-5 4/13/03
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Kirk McConnell went 3-for-5
with three RBI and teammate
Scott Hode went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two
RBI as Arkansas won 8-5, Sunday, April 13, at Baum Stadium.
The win gives Arkansas the series win two games to one
and improves its record to 27-7, 9-6 in the Southeastern
Conference. Vanderbilt slips to 17-17 overall and 6-9
in league play.
With Vanderbilt leading 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth,
the Razorbacks scored
five times off Commodore starter Ryan Mullins (2-5)
to take a 6-3 lead. The
Razorbacks gathered six hits in the inning – all
singles. Brady Toops singled
in Scott Pratt and Hode singled in Toops to tie the
score at 3-3. On the
following play, Nick Pitts gave Arkansas a 4-3 advantage
when he singled to
left field to score Hode. McConnell gave the Razorbacks
some cushion when he
singled long the line in left field to bring in Hode
and Pitts. McConnell
attempted to stretch the hit into a double but was thrown
out by Warner Jones
at second base.
In the top of the inning, Vanderbilt had overcome
a 1-0 deficit. Tony Mansolino chopped a doubled over
Arkansas third baseman Clay Goodwin to bring in Jones
from second base. Worth Scott, who reached base on a
catcher’s interference call, moved to third base
on the play. Jonathan Douillard followed with a sacrifice
fly to right center that plated Scott. Ryan Klosterman
followed two batters later with a run-scoring single
to right center that scored Mansolino.
Scott Bridges’ suicide squeeze in the sixth
inning brought in Ryan Fox from
third base to push Arkansas ahead 7-3.
Warner Jones pulled Vanderbilt to within a 7-5 score
in the seventh inning
when Warner Jones tripled into the right center field
alley. Cesar Nicolas and
John Kaye scored on the play.
Arkansas extended the lead to 8-5 in the eighth when
McConnell blooped a
single into left center field that scored Pitts from
Razorback reliever Scott Roehl (6-1) earned the win,
scattering three hits,
two runs (both earned) and a walk to go along with two
strikeouts. He retired
the first eight batters he faced.
Mullins took the loss for Vanderbilt. He allowed 11
hits, seven runs (all
earned) and a walk while striking out five.
Hode put Arkansas ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the third
inning when he hit his
second home run of the year, a solo shot to left field.
The home run was the
Razorbacks’ seventh of the series.
Ryan Klosterman extended his hit streak to a team-high
10 games with a one-out double to left field in the
third inning. He was left stranded at third base.
Klosterman and Jones registered two hits apiece. The
Commodores posted 10 or
more hits for the fourth consecutive game.
Vanderbilt travels to Middle Tennessee Tuesday for
a 7 p.m. CT contest. The
Commodores play host to nationally ranked LSU this weekend
at Hawkins Field.