It was a chilly start to baseball season but the Razorbacks have shown they have another lineup of hot bats for 2019. The Hogs sealed up their first sweep of the season with a 3-2 victory over the Eastern Illinois Panthers on Sunday.
With the ball game tied late in the bottom of the ninth inning nine hole hitter, Jacob Nesbit, comes in for a sacrifice bunt to move Curtis Washington to third. That brought Casey Martin into bat as the Panthers chose intentionally walk him in hopes for a double play to force extra innings.
Tied at 2, sophomore, Heston Kjerstad came to plate and delivered a blast to right field to get a single and ultimately the winning RBI as Washington came off third to seal the victory for the Razorbacks.
After the game, Kjerstad recapped the winning hit, the new faces blending in and what their goals are for the season with play-by-play man, Chuck Barrett
“Going in, C.J. got it going. I just tried to get a hit and get C.J. in for the win.”
“We showed all parts of our game that we are good at. I think we answered a lot of questions people had about who will replace the guys that left.”
“This program has a legacy and hopes of the same goal year after year. Getting back to the World Series and ultimately the finals is always our goal.”
The Razorback dugout came onto the field and showered Washington with the coldest water shower as he came across home for the winning run.
Hits and runs were harder to come by on Sunday as Arkansas had three runs in six hits. On Saturday, the Hogs scored 29 runs on 36 hits in the double header on Saturday.
Play of the weekend? Trevor Ezell, this was slick! https://twitter.com/nwahutch/status/1096991030870769664?s=21
Matt Cronin was credited with the game three victory as he came out of the bullpen.
Arkansas will return to the diamond on Thursday for a three game series as the Razorbacks head to LA to face the USC Trojans at 9 PM CST. The Trojans sit at 2-0 and are also looking to sweep their opening series against the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Friday’s game will be at 8 PM and the Saturday game will start at 9 PM.