Stanek tosses Hogs past Red Raiders
Arkansas posts 3-1 win in first game of Houston College Classic
HOUSTON -- Arkansas starter Ryne Stanek struck out a career-high seven and allowed one run in seven innings, while Sam Bates hit a two-run home run to lead the fourth-ranked Razorbacks to a 3-1 win against Texas Tech on Friday afternoon at Minute Maid Park in the first game of the Houston College Classic.
The Razorbacks improve to 10-1, while Texas Tech is now 8-2.
Stanek earned his third win in as many starts. A sophomore from Overland Park, Kan., Stanek threw a season-high seven innings and gave up one run on six hits and issued one walk.
Barrett Astin picked up his second save, throwing two scoreless innings. He gave up one hit and struck out four. Astin has not allowed a run in 10 innings and has struck out 14.
Texas Tech starter Duke von Schamann suffered his first loss to drop to 2-1. Von Schamann allowed three runs and struck out seven in 7-1/3 innings.
Bates was the offensive star of the game for Arkansas, hitting a towering blast over the right-field wall. Bates finished the game with two hits. Houston native Jake Wise had a team-high two hits, while Jacob Morris had a RBI for Arkansas.
Reid Redman had two hits and drove in the Red Raiders' only run.
Arkansas jumped on von Schamann in the opening frame, scoring two runs with two outs. Dominic Ficociello lined a two-out single to center to start the rally. Bates then launched a majestic blast into Minute Maid Park’s second deck for his team-leading third homer of the year to put the Razorbacks in front 2-0.
Arkansas stretched the lead to three with a run in the bottom of the fourth. Matt Reynolds led off with a single and stole second with one out. A single to right field by Wise advanced Reynolds to third. Morris then laid down a safety squeeze up the first-base line that allowed Reynolds to score.
Texas Tech got its only run in the sixth. With one out, Tim Proudfoot singled to right field and moved to second on a two-out single by Barrett Barnes. Redman followed with a single to left and Proudfoot was able to just beat Vinson’s throw to the plate to cut Arkansas' lead to 3-1.
The Red Raiders put the tying run on base in the top of the ninth, but Astin was able to work out of the jam. Bo Altobelli drew a leadoff walk and Matt Eureste reached on an infield single. The Red Raiders could do no more as Astin struck out the next three batters he faced to preserve the win.