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Patience, seizing opportunity gives Arkansas the edge over LSU-Game 1

Patience, seizing opportunity gives Arkansas the edge over LSU-Game 1

When one aspect of an elite team has a bad game, others compensate. That’s what makes them elite.

The Razorbacks outlasted LSU last night to win game one of the series. Kendall Diggs had a lot to do with it, hitting a 3-run moonshot to center-right field to practically ice the game. His hit came on an otherwise cold night for the right fielder. He went 1/5 on the night, including two strikeouts looking.

But that’s the beauty of baseball. You can hit for .200 and still be the hero with just the swing of a bat-or not swinging, as you’ll see later.

However, as a team, the Hogs did excellent at the plate, answering every punch LSU threw and recording 10 hits. It couldn’t have come at a better time, too. Arkansas’ prized pitcher Hagen Smith found some adversity against the Tigers’ batting order, giving up the most runs and hits in a game since the opener.

Still, 5 hit, 2 ERA, 10 strikeout, and zero walks in 6 innings pitched is a heck of a stat line.

To get a better picture, we’ve taken a deep dive into the box score to find what gave the Hogs an edge last night.

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There’s more to assessing hitters than just batting average. Stats like slugging and on-base percentage help add context, and on a simpler note, intangibles like having a good eye can indicate how good a batter truly is.

Arkansas has not been great from the plate, averaging under .300 as a team. However, last night, Razorback batters were patient, taking advantage of LSU’s pitchers’ inability to find the strike zone. The Tigers threw 31 more balls than Arkansas and walked 11 batters.

Four of Arkansas’ 7 runs either came from a runner who reached via walks or from a walk with the bases loaded.

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The Hogs struggled to capitalize on their opportunities early in the season, but that wasn’t the case last night.

Arkansas had 11 more opportunities to advance baserunners than LSU and capitalized at a far higher rate. The Tigers were 3/13 for a .231 average, and the Hogs made good on over half, going 13/24 for .542.

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Good lead-off hitting equals more scoring opportunities. Fortunately, the Razorbacks held LSU in check. The Tigers’ lead-off hitters advanced only once last night, and it was all for naught. Mac Bingham hit a single in the third, but the Arkansas ended the inning in the next three at-bats.

On the other hand,…

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