FAYETTEVILLE — The No. 21 Ole Miss Rebels scored six consecutive runs in the sixth and seventh innings to beat the No. 8 Arkansas Razorbacks 10-5 Sunday at Baum-Walker Stadium.
“We didn’t give ourselves a chance to win the game,” said Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn. “I mean, we walked double digits and hit a couple. We fought back in the game and flipped around the momentum, took the lead 5-4 and come out and walk the leadoff man on four pitches – I think they get a hit, I don’t know what happened after that. Next thing you know they score three.
“We’re down a couple runs. Give them (Ole Miss) credit, they’ve got a good lineup, but you’ve got to make people earn it, you know. I’d rather them have 20 hits than 14 hits and take away 10 of those walks. I can live with that. It’s not throwing the ball over the plate that really made a difference in the game.”
Coincidentally, the last time the Hogs lost a home series was against the Rebels in late April 2017.
The Hogs pitching staff combined for 12 walks in the contest. It is the second time in 2019 Arkansas pitchers have walked 12-plus batters. The last time was on March 20 at Texas, which was also a loss.
“Take away some positives from the day, learn from the negatives,” said Arkansas’ Casey Martin. “That will take you a long way. You learn more from when you lose. Coach kind of said that and he’s 100 percent right. So take away positives from the day and learn from the negatives.”
Arkansas falls to 22-6 on the season with a 6-3 record in Southeastern Conference play. The Razorbacks stay at home for a Tuesday night showdown with the Little Rock Trojans at 6:30 p.m. with pregame at 6:00 on Fox Sports Radio 1400 AM.