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Two-out Hits Lead to Arkansas Win
The No. 24 Razorbacks scored six of their runs with two outs, including three in the seventh inning to break the game open.
"It was a good job by our offense continuing to swing the bat until the third out was made," coach Dave Van Horn said.
Brian Anderson's single scored two runs and Blake Baxendale's double in the next at-bat scored another as Arkansas extended the lead to 6-1 in the seventh.
Baxendale finished the game 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs. The freshman designated hitter upped his average to .306 this season and improved to 11-for-25 with runners in scoring position.
The performance came after he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Sunday against Vanderbilt, snapping his eight-game hitting streak.
"He was ready to go and was excited when he saw his name in the lineup," Van Horn said. "He took full advantage of it."
Arkansas never trailed, scoring a pair of runs in the first inning and another in the second to build a 3-0 lead. Andrew Benintendi, who reached base four times, scored on an Anderson sacrifice fly and Baxendale followed with a single to score Joe Serrano in the first. Bobby Wernes scored on a fielding error with two outs in the second inning.
Northwestern State (22-18) did its only damage offensively in the fourth inning, recording four consecutive two-out hits to chase Arkansas starter Colin Poche. The Demons scored once, but Razorbacks reliever Jackson Lowery got leadoff hitter Edwin Gomez to pop up in foul ground to end the inning with the bases loaded.
The Razorbacks (26-16) didn't record any hits in the fourth, fifth or sixth innings, though the team did have a base runner in all but one of its plate appearances. Arkansas recorded 13 hits.
Lowery earned the win by throwing 3 1/3 innings of relief, striking out four batters while allowing no hits. Poche pitched 3 2/3 innings in the start, allowing one run on six hits.
Jacob Stone and Dominic Taccolini each threw one scoreless inning for the Razorbacks. Arkansas' bullpen hasn't allowed a run in its last 21 innings of relief.
"They come in and throw strikes," Van Horn said. "They all have good stuff and they come in firing. They don't hold anything back and that's what you want out of a reliever."
The two teams are scheduled to play their midweek series finale Wednesday at 3:05 p.m. Freshman right-hander Alex Phillips is scheduled to start the game on the mound for Arkansas.
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