On Friday, the Arkansas Razorbacks went toe-to-toe with the top-ranked LSU Tigers in an exhilarating baseball showdown. The teams played so well that the game went into the tenth inning before one of them could come out on top. It was the Razorbacks who emerged victorious, shutting down LSU with incredible performances from Hunter Hollan and Hagen Smith on the mound. Reese Robinett hit a three-run long ball that launched Arkansas to a 4-1 lead in the tenth, and then sophomore Kendall Diggs knocked one out of the park for a grand slam that sealed the deal at 8-1.
While it says a lot that Arkansas was able to take down LSU at home, the real story was about how they accomplished it. LSU is a team that has been on fire this season, with an average of 11 runs scored through their first 21 games. However, Arkansas’ Hunter Hollan and Hagen Smith silenced them, holding LSU to just one run in regulation. The Razorbacks also took down LSU’s Paul Skenes, considered one of the best arms in college baseball. At the end of the day, this was a fantastic game of baseball that no true fan should miss. As the teams prepare for their series-concluding doubleheader on Saturday, it’s anyone’s guess which team will come out on top.
As for Arkansas, they should feel very good about their performance. Shutting down LSU isn’t a small feat, even if it is just for one game. What’s more, they’ve now won 15 games in a row – an impressive winning streak in any context. Reese Robinett’s epic pinch-hit home run was especially noteworthy, and promises good things to come from the young player. Coach Dave Van Horn was understandably pleased with the team’s performance, noting how tough it is to win at LSU. Fans will certainly be eager to see whether Arkansas can put together similar performances in the future.