Why Arkansas Won: Catcher Jake Wise, outfielder Tyler Spoon and second baseman Jordan Farris each drove in three runs to lead Arkansas’ 11-hit attack Friday. Wise got his RBIs early with a two-run home run in the second and a single in the fourth. Spoon drove in three with a two-out single in the sixth. Farris collected his RBIs in the seventh with a two-out home run, which was his first as a Razorback.
Why Evansville Lost: The Purple Aces did a great job in the early innings, taking a 2-0 lead by making starting pitcher Ryne Stanek work throughout his 76-pitch outing Friday. But Evansville couldn’t capitalize on Stanek’s exit after the third inning, struggling to put runs on the board against Arkansas reliever Brandon Moore. Evansville did score twice in the seventh to pull to within 7-4, but that was it.
Player of the Game: Arkansas catcher Jake Wise enjoyed his best offensive performance of the season, going 3-for-4 with a home run, 3 RBIs and 3 runs. Wise helped Arkansas climb out of an early 2-0 hole, hitting a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning to tie the game. Wise added an RBI single in the fourth to give the Razorbacks a 3-2 lead. It proved to be the game-winning RBI.
Stat of the Game: Coach Dave Van Horn wants preseason All-American Ryne Stanek to get off to better starts this season. He couldn’t do it Friday afternoon. The first two batters Stanek faced reached base and the junior battled throughout his 76-pitch outing. He only lasted three innings in his second start of the season, leaving the game after reaching his maximum pitch count. He allowed two runs on four hits.
Quote of the Game: “What he’s good at is coming in long relief. When your guy gets in trouble early, you’re thinking we’ve got to get some quick innings. He finds a way. He was the MVP as far as on the mound.” — Van Horn on reliever Moore, who allowed 2 runs on 4 hits in 3 2/3 innings of relief.
Up Next: Arkansas and Evansville will meet for the second game of their weekend series at 1:05 p.m. today. The Razorbacks are scheduled to start RHP Barrett Astin (1-0, 1.80 ERA). RHP Sam Johns (0-0, 9.00 ERA) will take the mound for Evansville.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau