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Arkansas evens series with Auburn

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AUBURN, Ala. – 14th-ranked Arkansas bounced back Saturday afternoon, defeating 10th-ranked Auburn, 7-3, at Plainsman Park. After trailing 3-0 after the first two innings, a Jared Gates homer and a strong bullpen led the Hogs to their 12th conference victory of the year and forced a rubber match for the series on Sunday.

Razorback starting pitcher Trevor Stephan labored through 1.1 innings and was relieved early in the game after the Tigers (29-12, 11-6 SEC) struck for three runs.

However, Arkansas (32-9, 12-5 SEC) answered with three runs of their own in the third inning, two from a home run by Gates and two more in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Dominic Fletcher. The bullpen responded with seven-straight scoreless frames to finish as the Tigers had no answer for the combination of Cannon Chadwick, Evan Lee, and Jake Reindl.

Gates finished the game just 1-for-5 with two RBIs, but had the all-important homer that tied the game at 3-3. Luke Bonfield and Eric Cole each turned in two-hit days. It’s the second multi-hit performance for Bonfield in the series and ninth for Cole this season.

Chadwick picked up the win for the Razorbacks after throwing 4.1 scoreless innings with four strikeouts. It’s his longest outing of his career and his fourth win of the season. Sophomore Jake Reindl picked up the three-inning save, his first of his career.

Reindl shut the door in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings, striking out a career-high six batters and only allowed three baserunners. In four of his last seven outings, the sophomore has racked up four or more strikeouts and has only given up one earned run in five conference appearances.

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