FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Senior infielder Rick Nomura hit a go-ahead grand slam in the sixth inning Wednesday afternoon to give the 14th-ranked Razorback baseball team a 10-6 lead over Gonzaga, but the Bulldogs benefitted from mistakes by the Hog bullpen to score six-straight runs in the final innings to win 15-10.
The Hogs, which were down 6-3 after three and half innings, battled back nicely to tie the game in the fourth on the backs of three two-out walks and a two RBI single from Cullen Gassaway. Then, Nomura's slam in the sixth seemed to give Arkansas a big enough cushion for the final three frames.
However, the Razorback bullpen struggled to keep Gonzaga off the basepaths as the Bulldogs scored nine-straight runs, five coming in the seventh inning.
Anthony Dahl took the loss for the Razorbacks as he is now 1-1 on the year. Sam Hellinger gets the win for Gonzaga as he is also 1-1 on the season.
Nomura's slam in the sixth inning was his first career grand slam. He ended up with five RBI in game, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. The five RBI is a career-high.
Arkansas continues its longest homestand of the season this weekend as it hosts Western Illinois for a three-game series at Baum Stadium starting on Friday. First pitch between the Hogs and Leathernecks is set for 3 p.m.