Feb. 20, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Andrew Darr hit a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift No. 22 Arkansas past Washington State 7-5 and provide the Razorbacks a doubleheader sweep, Friday to begin the 2009 season for both schools.
Darr's blast came off freshman Rusty Shellhorn (0-1) and made a winner out of Zack Cox (1-0). Arkansas won game one 4-2. Darr was the defensive hero as well robbing WSU (0-2) freshman Derek Jones of a home run in the top of the 10th.
"I am proud of our effort," WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "We got in late last night, played two good games today and unfortunately have nothing to show for it. We have to be more competitive offensively and cut down on our strikeouts. Our bullpen did a great job and we had a chance to look at some of our young arms."
In the sixth, senior Alex Burg was hit by a pitch with one out and moved to second when junior Matt Fanelli reached on a fielder's choice. Argyropoulos followed with his first-collegiate home run, a three-run shot to left that put WSU on top 5-2. The four RBI for Argyropoulos equaled his 2008 season total.
The Razorbacks (2-0) opened their half of the sixth with three-straight hits, including a RBI-double by Andy Wilkins that put runners at second and third with no one out and chased Jared Prince, WSU's game two starting pitcher. Redshirt-junior Jeremy Johnson came in to record two strikeouts, then surrendered a two-run, seeing-eye single to James McCann that tied the game 5-5.
In the opener, Arkansas took a 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning on a RBI-single by Scott Lyons and a bases loaded passed ball by WSU catcher Greg Lagreid.
The Cougars tied the game in the top of the fourth when Michael Weber walked with one out and Prince followed with a two-run home run off Dallas Keuchel (1-0). The Razorbacks answered with a two-run home run by Ben Tschepikow off WSU's Matt Way (0-1) in the bottom of the frame.
Washington State had a man on in the sixth, eighth and ninth innings, but could not advance a runner past first base. The series concludes, Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 9:05 a.m., Pacific.
Senior Jared Prince's home run in game one was the first by a Cougar in a season opener since Brady Everett and Zach McAngus each went deep in 2005...seven of Prince's 18-career dingers have tied the game or given the Cougars the lead...redshirt-freshman David Stilley and sophomore-transfer Paris Shewey each made his collegiate debut on the mound in the opener as did freshmen Adam Conley and Rusty Shellhorn in the nightcap.