FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A slow start didn’t hamper Arkansas for long as the Diamond Hogs scored 7 runs before a Memphis response Tuesday night and beat the Tigers, 16-7.
The game was the first of 2 against the Tigers, with the finale coming Wednesday in North Little Rock at Dickey Stephens Park. The games serve as a warm-up of sorts for Arkansas’ weekend set with Auburn in Alabama.
Memphis actually led the game, 3-0, at one point.
The Razorbacks (30-8) tagged Memphis pitching for 3 runs in the second inning and another 4 in the third to take control. As if it weren’t enough, Arkansas dropped 4 in the fifth and 5 in the sixth.
Every starter in the lineup had at least 1 hit. Jake Arledge, Chad Spanberger, Dominic Fletcher and Jax Biggers had more than one. Spanberger and Fletcher had 4 RBI apiece. Arledge, Fletcher and Carson Shaddy scored 3 runs each.
The second-best hitting team in the SEC looked it all game.
Memphis tagged Arkansas starter Barrett Loseke with a 3-run home run from Andy Bowman in the top of the first inning. It wasn’t his best work just a day after coach Dave Van Horn had said Loseke may be auditioning for a weekend job.
His relief, Jake Reindl, was good for a while but gave up another 4 runs in the fifth inning. Those 4 actually tied the game. But the Razorbacks actually batted around in the bottom of the inning to get all 4 back.
Fletcher finished 3 of 5 with a triple, double and single. He had the first 3 parts of the cycle in his first 3 at-bats before flying out to right field in his final 2. Arledge had the next best night, going 2 for 5 with a walk, a double, 3 runs and 2 RBI.
Game 2 is Wednesday night at Dickey Stephens Park in North Little Rock. The Auburn series begins Friday night, at Auburn, at 6 p.m., Arkansas time.