Arkansas rolls past Central Connecticut in NCAA opener

FILE - In this June 11, 2018, file photo, Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn is shown in the dugout before the Razorbacks game against South Carolina at an NCAA college baseball tournament super regional baseball game in Fayetteville, Ark. Arkansas will make its ninth College World Series appearance this weekend, the school's fifth in 16 seasons under coach Dave Van Horn. The Razorbacks believe it's time they finally won their first national championship. (AP Photo/Michael Woods, File)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Trevor Ezell and Heston Kjerstad each homered along with another run-scoring hit and Arkansas rolled to an 11-5 victory over Central Connecticut State in the opener of an NCAA regional Friday.

Ezell's two-run homer capped the scoring for the top-seeded Razorbacks (42-17) in the eighth inning, and he had an RBI infield single in the sixth.

Kjerstad led off the fourth with his 15th home run, a solo shot that tied Casey Martin for the team lead. Kjerstad added a run-scoring double in the fifth.

TT Bowens hit a three-run homer and drove in all five runs for the fourth-seeded Blue Devils (30-22). The Northeast Conference tournament champions will face elimination against California or TCU.

Connor Noland (3-4) allowed two hits and two runs — one earned — in 5 1/3 innings. Kevin Kopps struck out four of the six hitters he faced for Arkansas, the No. 5 national seed.

Brandon Fox (3-6) gave up seven hits and six runs in 4 2/3 innings.

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