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BATON ROUGE, La. – Arkansas pinch hitter Reese Robinett broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the 10th inning Friday with a three-run home run to lift the third-ranked Razorbacks to a 9-3 victory over top-ranked LSU inside Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

LSU fell to 19-3 on the season and 2-2 in SEC play, while Arkansas improved to 20-2 on the year and 4-0 in conference play.

The teams will play two games on Saturday to complete the weekend series. The next game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. CT first pitch Saturday and will be televised on SEC Network. The second game on Saturday will start at 6:30 p.m. CT, and it will be streamed on SEC Network +.

Both games on Saturday will also be broadcast on LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates.

LSU right-hander Paul Skenes had another impressive outing on the mound Friday, tossing his sixth straight double-digit strikeout game. He finished with a no-decision after tossing 7.0 innings and allowing one run on two hits. He added 12 strikeouts to his nation’s-leading total of 71 on the season.

Razorback reliever Hagen Smith (4-0) earned the win after firing 4.2 innings and giving up three runs on five hits with three walks and eighth strikeouts.

“It was two good teams going at it,” said LSU coach Jay Johnson. “You can’t ask for a better performance than what Paul Skenes delivered today; it was complete domination. Unfortunately for us (Arkansas starter) Hunter Hollan was really good, and Hagen Smith is a guy we really had a hard time with last year. You have to credit those guys for executing pitches, so we have to re-set and get ready to go tomorrow.”

LSU reliever Chase Shores (0-1) who started the eighth inning and faced the first batter in the 10th, was charged with the loss, as he worked 2.0 innings and allowed one run on one hit.

Arkansas opened the scoring in the fourth, which started with a double from centerfielder Tavian Josenberger. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by second baseman Peyton Stovall.

Razorback starter Hunter Hollan worked the first 5.1 innings and finished his outing allowing no runs on three hits with one walk and seven strikeouts.

LSU catcher Brady Neal got the Tigers in the scoring column in the eighth inning with an opposite-field dinger to left field – the freshman’s second homer of the season. With the game tied, right fielder Josh Pearson and centerfielder Dylan Crews reached on a pair of singles.

Smith then retired third baseman Tommy White, and after LSU loaded the bases with a walk by second baseman Gavin Dugas, Smith induced a fly ball from first baseman Tre’ Morgan to end the inning.

The Razorbacks added a sac fly and a grand slam in the 10th after Robinett’s three-run homer to account for the final margin.

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skullopener14 months
what....no run rule???
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Flannmann14 months
Actually… yes
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QB14 months
Apparently LSU has same old problems..can't hit lefties and very in dependable bull pin. I was hoping better for our new pitching coach. Not even as good as Ark and we thought we were the bomb.
Lefties from here on out will neuter this team .
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jpcajun14 months
Sky is falling!
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Vernonbrew2214 months
Had their chances to win in 8,9

Gotta regroup for tomorrow
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DenhamTiger201514 months
Little is terrible
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HC8714 months
Loss of Taylor was a HUGE blow to our BP. Floyd and Hurd need to be able to go min 6-7 IP tomorrow or it could get ugly. We need better AB's from our lineup or the stress on our pitching staff will continue.
GT!
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mla010014 months
I wrote it early in the year, the Tigers can’t hit left hand pitching. Everyone is just throwing lefties against us! Little has been awful as a closer, literally lost the A&M game and this one!
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Champagne14 months
It is OBVIOUS that this crew can't hit Lefty pitching.
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BayouTiga14 months
I also wrote earlier in the season that our late inning pitching will not compete and I got blasted by the tards.
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GoneFishing2114 months
19-3

8-1 vs. Lefty’s
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