FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 7 Arkansas Razorbacks finished off their third conference series sweep of the year Sunday after enduring a five-run third inning by the Alabama Crimson Tide and, then, completing a three-run comeback, capped by a three-run home run by sophomore Dominic Fletcher to win 9-7 at Baum Stadium.
Sundays are always WILD in the SEC.
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— Razorback Baseball (@RazorbackBSB) April 30, 2018
Arkansas (32-13, 13-8 SEC) continues to play well at home as it is now 26-3 in games at Baum Stadium and eighth victory by two runs or less at home. With the sweep, it’s also the first time since 2010 that the Hogs have swept three or more conference series in the same season.
The Razorbacks trailed 6-3 going into the bottom of the third and then 7-4 going into the bottom of the fifth, but got the bats hot at the right time. After pulling within two in the fifth on an RBI single from junior Grant Koch, the Hogs had a major scoring opportunity with two on and only one out.
Alabama (23-23, 5-16 SEC) had decided after the score to bring in Dylan Duarte from the bullpen to face Fletcher. Fletcher fouled off an 0-2 pitch down the right field line just missing a home run by inches. On the next pitch, the sophomore was able to go the other way and stroke his sixth home run of the year into the seats in the Hog Pen.
The homer pushed the Razorbacks ahead 8-7 and gave them a lead they never relinquished. The pitching combo of Barrett Loseke, Evan Lee, and Jake Reindl threw four scoreless innings the rest of the way, allowing just two hits and striking out eight.
Loseke was able to pick up the win, his first, after 2.1 innings of work with just one hit allowed. Reindl corralled the save, his fourth, striking out two in the final inning.