By John Thomas
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A near-record crowd of 10,463 were on hand to see the No. 5 Arkansas Razorbacks take on Grambling State Tuesday night in Dickey-Stephens Park. Those fans were treated to an offensive showing as the Hogs pounded out 17 runs on 15 hits to defeat Grambling, 17-3, in their final non-conference game of the season.
The 17 runs scored by Arkansas (35-11) is the largest run output by the Hogs in 10 games played at Dickey Stephens Park since 2010 and is the second-most runs scored in a game this year.
Redshirt senior Trevor Ezell went 3-for-3 in the game with three RBIs and three walks. It was his 16th multi-hit game of the season and eighth three-hit game. He also tied the school record for runs scored in a game by crossing the plate six times, tying him with Jeremy Jackson and Todd Zacher, who each scored six runs in a game in 1997 and 1981, respectively.
Ezell was one of five Razorbacks to record a multi-hit game on Tuesday. Casey Martin, Heston Kjerstad, Dominic Fletcher and Curtis Washington, Jr. all reached via hit twice in the game. Martin led all RBI totals as he drove in four, two off an inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning. It was Martin’s fourth game of four or more RBIs this year.
After a shaky first inning, sophomore Kole Ramage settled in and looked good for four innings, giving up only two earned runs and scattering five hits, while striking out a career-high seven on 86 pitches. He was followed by Marshall Denton, Elijah Trest, Collin Taylor and Jacob Burton for the final five innings. The four-pitcher combo allowed just one hit the rest of the way and struck out a combined eight.
Arkansas heads to Lexington, Kentucky and will start a three-game series with the Kentucky Wildcats on Friday at Kentucky Proud Park. First pitch is slated for 5:30 p.m. CT on SEC Network+.