Arkansas beats Santa Clara 13-6 in regional opener

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Kendall Diggs had a three-run single in a five-run fourth inning and top-seeded Arkansas never looked back in a 13-6 victory over Santa Clara to begin the Fayetteville Regional on Friday.

Arkansas (42-16), ranked third in the coaches poll, rallied to take the lead for good in the fourth. Parker Rowland drove in the first run with a single. No. 9 hitter John Bolton tied the game with a sacrifice fly and Diggs’ drove in the final three runs with a two-out single to put the Razorbacks up 5-2.

Razorbacks broke the game open in the sixth

The Razorbacks broke the game open with a five-run sixth. Tavian Josenberger homered following a leaoff single by Bolton to drive in the first two runs. The final three runs scored when reliever Blake Hammond plunked Caleb Cali — the first batter he faced — to load the bases before issuing three straight walks with two outs.

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Will McEntire (8-3) pitched five innings in relief to get the win for the Razorbacks. He allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk.

Skylar Hales (6-5) took the loss for Santa Clara (35-19). He worked two innings, yielding four runs on five hits and a walk.


Arkansas will play TCU in the second game of the regional on Saturday. The Razorbaks game against TCU will be live on Fox Sports Texarkana 97.1 FM and 1400 AM. It will also be streamed on line at

Santa Clara will play in an elimination game earlier in the day.