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Dam finally breaks for Razorback Bats in Series Finale win over South Carolina

COLUMBIA, SC – Arkansas won the rubber match of a three-game series against South Carolina 9-6 behind a five-run seventh inning.

“Just a really gutsy win in that second game for our team,” coach Dave Van Horn said. “I felt like a lot of guys contributed. Whether it was base running or running. Just a lot of things that I really enjoyed.”

Van Horn complained Friday night that the Razorbacks struggled for the big hit to spark the offense. With Arkansas leading 4-2 and desperate for insurance, the Razorbacks sent 10 men to the plate and moved up to five. The inning was highlighted by a two-run double by Kendall Diggs to left.

The ever-consistent starting pitching staff was back to its dominant self. Brady Tygart got off to a quality start, going six innings with two runs on just four hits and striking out six. His season ERA now stands at 2.64.

“I learned how to hit shots again,” Tygart said. “That worked really well for me. I was just mixing everything together.”

Arkansas scored for the first time in all series. A routine grounder to short was started by Gamecocks’ shortstop Lee Ellis, allowing Nolan Souza to reach range and set the table for a three-run inning.

With the bases loaded and one out, Jack Wagner just beat a routine double play ball to score on a fielder’s choice.

The second run was scored on a wild pitch. The Hogs finally got a big hit with runners in scoring position with an RBI double from Parker Rowland, making his first SEC appearance in almost a month (March 22 vs. Auburn).

South Carolina squandered the Arkansas lead with RBI doubles in the third and fifth, cutting the lead to just 3-2.

Arkansas got one of those runs back in the top of the sixth with the best hit of the weekend, an RBI single by Peyton Holt, who finished the weekend as the Hogs’ best hitter, going 5-for-10 with two walks.

South Carolina scored three in the eighth and one in the ninth against the bullpen, but the tying run never came as Arkansas took the series win.

The Razorbacks now make their annual field trip to Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock to play Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The game will be streamed on SEC Network+.

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