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Moore after pair of homers hoping ill grandfather enjoyed it

With his grandfather hospitalized, Hogs’ Robert Moore (2 homers, 3 RBI) was focused for game against Gamecocks, who were chanting at him.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Robert Moore let his bat do the talking.

Heckled by a rowdy crowd all night long at Founders Park, Arkansas second baseman responded with two home runs, including the game-winning two-run blast in the seventh, powering the top-ranked Razorbacks to a 6-1 series-opening win against No. 11 South Carolina on Thursday evening.

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Four Hog pitchers came together in the win to twirl Arkansas’ fourth two-hitter of the season. Caleb Bolden, Ryan Costeiu, Caden Monke and Kevin Kopps combined to allow one run on two hits and four walks while striking out 10 total.

The unanimously top-ranked Hogs improve to 31-6 overall, including 12-4 in conference play, on the year with the victory. Arkansas, in sole possession of first place in the SEC West, now leads second-place Mississippi State by 1.5 games.

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