Arkansas LSU Baseball Whites, 4-0

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –Southpaw Hagen Smith shot seven scoreless innings on Friday, and fifth-ranked Arkansas hit three homers as the Razorbacks earned a 4-0 win over No. 12 LSU at Baum-Walker Stadium.

Arkansas improved to 27-7 overall, 10-4 in the SEC, while LSU fell to 23-11 overall and 7-7 in conference.

The teams wrap up the series at 2:00 p.m. CT Saturday in a game that will air on the LSU Sports Radio Network and stream on SEC Network+.

Smith (6-2) limited LSU to two hits in seven innings with a walk and seven strikeouts, shooting 98 pitches. Reliever Evan Taylor worked the final 1.1 innings to earn his first stoppage of the season.

“We hit too many balls in the air against Smith and we got too many shots out,” LSU coach Jay Johnson said. “We didn’t put a lot of pressure on him.

LSU starting pitcher Blake Money (2-3) was charged with the loss as he allowed four runs on seven hits in 6.2 innings with two walks and one strikeout.

Arkansas broke a scoreless tie late in the third inning when outfielder Zack Gregory started with a solo homer, his fifth of the season. Designated hitter Brady Slavens walked one-out later in the inning and scored on a two-out home run from receiver Michael Turner, his fifth dinger of the year.

The Razorbacks extended the lead to 4-0 in the fifth on a solo homer from right fielder Chris Lanzilli, his fifth of the season.

LSU’s biggest offensive threat came in the eighth inning, when the Tigers charged the bases with two outs. Taylor, however, retired second baseman Cade Doughty on a fly ball to right field to end the inning.

“Arkansas has a great program and a great team,” Johnson said, “so we’re going to have to play clean baseball to beat them. We’re going to focus on trying to outplay them tomorrow.

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