BATON ROUGE, La. - The No. 24 Arkansas baseball team (22-15, 7-8 SEC) used a career day at the plate from freshman Blake Baxendale and cruised to a 10-4 victory over No. 8 LSU (27-9-1, 8-6-1) Sunday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium.
Baxendale carried the team at the plate with a grand slam in the first inning for his first career home run, before adding a run-scoring double in the fifth inning for a career-high five RBI day.
The Razorbacks jumped all over the Tigers in the first inning, as a pair of hits and a walk loaded the bases for Baxendale who crushed a grand slam down the left field line on the second pitch of the at bat. The grand slam was the second of the year for Arkansas and gave the Razorbacks a 4-0 first-inning lead.
After LSU cut the lead in half in the second inning, the Arkansas bats would not be denied, manufacturing a run in the fourth inning and breaking out with four more in the fifth. Baxendale was again center stage in the rally, lining a double down the left field for his career-high fifth RBI of the game, before Eric Fisher continued his torrid stretch with his third home run in as many games to give the Razorbacks a 9-2 lead.
LSU pushed across single runs in the sixth and seventh innings, before Arkansas reached double digits in the run column when Andrew Benintendi lifted a sacrifice fly to centerfield to send Bobby Wernes home and give the Razorbacks a 10-4 victory.
Chris Oliver (4-3) earned his third win in his last four starts, throwing 7.0 innings and giving up four runs on four hits, while walking seven and striking out one. Zach Jackson came on in relief and worked 2.0 perfect innings with two strikeouts to close the deal.
Arkansas returns home Tuesday evening to host Stephen F. Austin for the first of nine straight games at Baum Stadium. First pitch against the Lumberjacks is set for 6:35 p.m.
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