Arkansas returns home


FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas didn’t win its weekend series at LSU after dropping two straight last Friday and Saturday. But the Razorbacks came back home with some confidence after a 10-4 win in Sunday’s finale in Alex Box Stadium.

Arkansas (22-15, 7-8 in Southeastern Conference), which leaned on its offense to avoid a sweep, is back in Baum Stadium to begin a nine-game home stand tonight. The Razorbacks will play Stephen F. Austin (15-20) at 6:35 p.m., before opening a three-game series against No. 18 Vanderbilt (27-10, 7-8 in SEC) on Friday night.

Tonight’s game ends a stretch in which the Razorbacks played eight straight against ranked opponents. Arkansas went 4-4 over those eight games.

Designated hitter Blake Baxendale helped lead the Razorbacks to a win in the finale at LSU, hitting a grand slam in the first inning and adding an RBI double later. The grand slam was Baxendale’s first home run at Arkansas. The redshirt freshman entered the series with three RBIs in his previous 20 games this season.

First baseman Eric Fisher also hit his third home run in as many games as Arkansas reached the 10-run mark for the first time in SEC play this season.

Arkansas hopes the success at the plate continues tonight against Stephen F. Austin, which will send right-hander Halden Maynard (0-1, 9.00 ERA) to the mound. The Razorbacks will start right-hander Alex Phillips (3-0, 1.64 ERA), who threw six scoreless innings in the 9-2 win against UNLV last Wednesday.