No. 2 Razorbacks’ winning streak continues with sweep
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Take out the brooms.
Matt Goodheart’s four-stroke, two-RBI day propelled Arkansas to their third sweep streak of the season as the Razorbacks battled Memphis 9-4 Wednesday afternoon at Baum-Walker Stadium. The Hogs, who are ranked No.1 in the country by Baseball America, improve to 16-3 this year and claim a four-game winning streak heading into this weekend’s highly anticipated SEC Series at Mississippi State.
The Tigers delivered the opening shots of the game with points above the first and third, but Arkansas’ response was greater. A three-point low from the third, led by Ethan Bates’ two-point single, gave the Hogs their first lead of the afternoon.
As Memphis tied the game three hours later, the Razorbacks had even more in store. Arkansas regained a one-point advantage over wild ground at the bottom of the fourth before Goodheart pitched a two-run homer deep into right field in the sixth.
The first baseman’s home run, who was his third hit of the day as well as his third player of the season, extended the lead to 6-3. Arkansas would never look back, scoring one more in the sixth and putting in an extra run in the seventh and eighth innings.
Zack Gregory’s solo shot to the right in the eighth, which made it a 9-4 game, was the exclamation point of the Razorbacks’ successful midweek streak sweep.
On the mound, Arkansas used five pitchers to record 27 strikeouts. Miller Pleimann won the start in his debut with Razorback and threw two innings of two-run (one won) while walking three and striking out three.
Relivers Evan Gray, Blake Adams, Caden Monke and Kole Ramage managed the remaining seven innings, limiting the Tigers to two runs on four hits. Monke completed 2.2 innings for the win, striking out two while allowing only one hit and one walk.
Ramage, meanwhile, closed the last three frames of the ball game to win his first career save. The right-hander struck out four and allowed just one run on two hits in three innings of work.
Arkansas is now heading to Starkville, Mississippi, to play a three-game weekend streak against Mississippi State, which is ranked No. 2 in the country by Baseball America. Left-hander Patrick Wicklander will start in Friday’s first game, which is scheduled for 6.30 p.m. on SEC Network +.