Diamond Hogs top Ole Miss, win 19th straight home game

Wehiwa Aloy (Arkansas Athletics)

Powered by shortstop Wehiwa Aloy’s three-run, sixth-inning, 346-foot home run to right field, the No. 1 Arkansas Razorbacks posted a 5-2 victory over the Ole Miss Rebels in SEC play Thursday.

The Hogs advanced to 25-3 on the season and 9-1 in SEC play, while the Rebels fell to 18-13 and 3-7.

Behind an outstanding start by Ole Miss Miss pitcher Riley Maddox, the Rebels took a 2-0 lead in the third inning.

Arkansas starting pitcher Hagen Smith struggled with his control a bit more than usual, giving up four walks on the night, but he allowed just those two runs along with four hits, while striking out 11 batters in six innings of work.

The lefty threw 105 pitches, his most of this season, but 68 of them were strikes.

Arkansas sliced the Rebels’ lead in half in the fourth inning with a single run when Jared Sprague-Lott’s sacrifice plated Aloy.

Smith held the Rebels in check during the fourth and fifth innings, before the Razorbacks exploded for a four-run inning in the sixth, keyed by Aloy’s three-run dinger.

Up next for the Razorbacks

Opponent: Ole Miss
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 5
Where: Baum-Walker Stadium, Fayetteville
TV: SEC+

Next few games:

April 6 – Ole Miss, 2 p.m. (SEC+)
April 9 – San Jose State, 6 p.m. (SEC+)
April 10 – San Jose State, 3 p.m. (SEC+)

Sprague-Lott slapped a solo homer that bounced off the left-field foul pole for the Hogs’ final run of the sixth and the game.

Will McEntire relieved Smith and pitched 2 and 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball on 50 pitches before Stone Hewlett notched the final out with a strikeout for the save.

The Razorbacks will look to win the series Friday at 6:30 p.m. The game will be streamed on the SEC Network +.

The Razorbacks are expected to match lefty Mason Molina (3-0, 3.00 ERA) against Ole Miss southpaw Liam Doyle (2-1, 6.04 ERA) on the mound to start.