The 18th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks feasted on University of Houston Cougars pitching in Saturday’s second game of the Shriners Hospital For Children College Classic winning the middle game of day 2 by a score of 12-3. Arkansas raked the 9th ranked Cougars’ pitching staff for 12 runs on 13 hits with three home runs. Houston gave up eight runs on nine hits through the first three innings as Arkansas built an 8-1 lead.
Neither team’s starter nade it through those first three frames. Houston starter John King (1-1) lasted two and a third innings giving up six runs and seven hits, Arkansas’ Blaine Knight made it through the first two innings before Razorbacks head coach Dave Van Horn had seen enough.
Things started off well for the Cougars as they reached Knight for a two out run in the first. Freshman Je Davos continued his hot tear to start the season singling a 2-1 pitch into centerfield and racing home on Justin Montemayor’s RBI double.
Arkansas struck back immediately in the home half of the first. Eric Cole and Carson Shaddy led off the Razorbacks first with back -to-back singles and clean-up hitter Cullen Gassaway brought home Cole with an RBI groundout.
Houston threatened again in the second and third putting runners in scoring position against Knight and reliever James Teague but did not dent the ate.
Meanwhile Arkansas’s Michael Bernal hitting out of the eighth spot was providing the offense. In the second inning, his two run shot gave Arkansas a 3-1 lead and in his next at bat in the third he pounded his third home run of the season, this time a three run shot and an 8-1 Arkansas lead.
Arkansas third baseman Carson Shaddy capped the Arkansas highlights blasting an eighth inning two run moonshot over the railroad tracks and on to Crawford Street outside of Minute Maid Park.
Houston added single tallies in the sixth and seventh but could draw no closer leaving nine runners on base including six in scoring position. Freshman Joe Davis continued his hot tear with a perfect day at the plate. The Cougars’ first baseman delivered three singles, a double and a walk in five plate appearances with two runs scored and an RBI.
Arkansas snapped a two game losing streak to Houston with the win including a 4-1 loss in the College Classic on March 3, 2012. Arkansas leads the all-time series 38-22 in 60 meetings dating back to 1975.
Arkansas will conclude play on Sunday in Classic with an 11:05a.m. CDT game with the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Houston meets TCU in a mid-afternoon tilt scheduled for 2:35p.m. CDT.