FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas starter Ryne Stanek tossed 6.2 shutout innings, while Jake Wise homered and drove in a career-high four runs as the 10th-ranked Razorbacks defeated No. 2 LSU, 8-3, on Saturday night at Baum Stadium in front of a paid crowd of 10,377, the sixth-largest paid attendance in stadium history.
The Razorbacks even the series with the victory and improve to 25-11 overall and 9-5 in the Southeastern Conference. LSU, which had its 15-game winning streak snapped, falls to 33-3 and 12-2 in conference play.
The rubber game of the three-game series is on Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. The series finale will be televised by Cox Sports Television. The Razorbacks will start senior southpaw Randall Fant (2-1, 1.71), while the Tigers will counter with senior left hander Cody Glenn (5-1, 3.12). Limited general admission tickets for Sunday's game are available online at ArkansasRazorbacks.com or on gameday at Baum Stadium, while supplies last.
Stanek (4-2) was fantastic on the mound for the Razorbacks, giving up just four hits and striking out five in 6.2 innings of work. Over his last two outings, the junior right hander has worked 14.2 consecutive scoreless innings. With his 6.2 shutout innings tonight, Stanek lowered his ERA in conference play to a miniscule 0.56.
Jalen Beeks and Michael Gunn each had scoreless appearances in relief. Beeks retired all four batters he faced, while Gunn struck out two in his inning of work.
LSU starter Ryan Eades (7-1) was saddled with his first loss of the season. Eades gave up five runs on eight hits in four innings.
Arkansas pounded out 12 hits in the victory with four different players having multiple hit games. Dominic Ficociello was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored. Wise drove in a game-high four runs and hit his second homer of the season. Jacob Mahan, Brett McAfee and Tyler Spoon each had two hits. Mahan had two RBI, while McAfee and Spoon each drove in one run.
Raph Rhymes had a pair of hits to lead the Tigers offensively, while Chris Sciambra drove in two of LSU's three runs in the loss.
The Razorbacks jumped out to a 4-0 lead with a four-run fourth inning. With one out and runners on the corners, Wise sent the first pitch he saw from Eades into the Hog Pen in left-center field for a three-run blast, his second homer of the season. Arkansas wasn't done scoring in the fourth as Spoon had a two-out RBI single to left, bringing home McAfee, who singled earlier in the inning, from third.
Arkansas added another run in the bottom of the fifth on a sacrifice fly to center field by Wise, scoring Anderson from third for his fourth RBI of the night.
The Razorbacks used a three-run seventh inning to take an 8-0 lead. A bases loaded walk to McAfee brought home one run and Mahan chopped a double over the third baseman's head and down the left field line to score two more runs.
LSU avoided the shutout with three runs in the top of the ninth. Sciambra drove in two runs with a single to right-center and a wild pitch scored Chris Chinea with the Tigers' third run of the inning. LSU was unable to get any closer as Arkansas evened the series with an 8-3 win.
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