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Van Horn previews Hogs’ starting season in Arlington in State Farm Showdown

Razorbacks coach Dave Van Horn talked with the media Thursday about the pitching rotation for the three-game opening series this weekend.

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Rain shortens Hogs’ 11-4 win to finish sweep over Blackhawks

Arkansas picked up its first series sweep of the season, defeating Southeast Missouri State in a rain-shortened, five-inning game.

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Only the rain could stop the Razorback offense.

Arkansas picked up its first series sweep of the season, defeating Southeast Missouri State in a rain-shortened, five-inning game on Sunday afternoon at Baum-Walker Stadium.

The Hogs broke out for 11 runs over the first four innings before the elements wreaked havoc.

With the win, the Razorbacks start the season with a perfect 7-0 record for the second straight year and for the eighth time in the Dave Van Horn era (19 seasons).

Arkansas’ offense was hot from the start despite the steady rain, launching three home runs and collecting double-digit hits for the second game in a row.

Right fielder Cayden Wallace and first baseman Brady Slavens hit back-to-back dingers in the second inning to give the Hogs an early 2-0 lead.

Shortstop Jalen Battles’ second-inning RBI single made it 3-0, providing starter Lael Lockhart an early cushion. The left-hander went 3.2 innings on Sunday, striking out five while allowing three runs on three hits and three walks.

Arkansas’ bats, however, were not done. The Hogs tacked on two more in the third, including one on third baseman Cullen Smith’s RBI double to center, and led 5-1 entering the next inning.

SEMO narrowed the gap with two runs of its own in the top half of fourth, but the Hogs had even more in them.

The Razorbacks exploded for six additional runs, led by designated hitter Matt Goodheart’s two-run homer to right center, and staked an 11-3 lead at the conclusion of the fourth inning. SEMO got one back in the fifth via a home run, but the weather had begun to take a turn for the worse.

After right-hander Kevin Kopps recorded the final out in the top of the fifth on a strikeout, the game entered a rain delay. The umpires reconvened after an initial 30-minute pause and called it for good. The ballgame, which lasted five innings, is ruled an official contest.

Arkansas will take a seven-game winning streak into next weekend’s series against Murray State.

The Racers come to town for a three-game set, which gets started at 3 p.m. Friday, March 5, at Baum-Walker Stadium.

Information from Arkansas Communications is included in this story.

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Van Horn after squeezing in five-inning, rain-shortened, 11-4 win

Hogs and Southeast Missouri had to deal with rain that continued but the field was too slick to keep going after five innings in 11-4 win.

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Arkansas and Southeast Missouri had to deal with rain that continued but the field was too slick to keep going after five innings in 11-4 Hogs’ win.

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Hogs explode for four runs early, never look back in win

It was all Arkansas from the start for a change as they jumped on Southeast Missouri early and never looked back in a 9-3 win Saturday.

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It was all Arkansas from the start for a change.

The second-ranked Razorbacks exploded for four runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back, dispatching Southeast Missouri State, 9-3, on Saturday afternoon at Baum-Walker Stadium.

Arkansas has now won six straight to begin the 2021 campaign.

Starter Peyton Pallette was once again spectacular on the mound as he struck out eight in five scoreless innings of work. The right-hander allowed only three hits and walked one during the outing, preventing SEMO’s offense from striking early.

Arkansas, meanwhile, scored multiple runs in each of the first three innings to open an eight-run lead.

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Back-to-back RBI singles from outfielder Christian Franklin and designated hitter Matt Goodheart, who returned to the lineup after missing the previous five game due to a non-COVID-related health reason, put the Hogs ahead, 2-0.

Up by four in the second, Franklin jacked his third home run in as many days over the wall in left. His two-run dinger extended the Razorback lead to six.

The onslaught continued with two more in the bottom of the third. Second baseman Robert Moore singled home a run before he worked his way around the base paths and scored on a wild pitch.

Shortstop Jalen Battles’ RBI double in the bottom of the fourth put Arkansas ahead, 9-0.

Pallette was in cruise control the entire time. He struck out two in his final inning of work and departed the ballgame with plenty of bullets still left in his chamber, throwing only 68 pitches (48 strikes) on the day.

Left-hander Zack Morris was impressive in his first relief appearance of the year, escaping a bases-loaded jam with two strikeouts. Right-hander Gabriel Starks closed out the game and struck out one in his collegiate debut.

Tomorrow’s series finale is set for 1 p.m. at Baum-Walker Stadium.

The Razorbacks seek their seventh straight win, looking to begin the season with a 7-0 record for the first time since the 2016 campaign and for the seventh time in the Dave Van Horn era (19 seasons).

Information from Arkansas Communications is included in this story.

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