Arkansas moves to 40-24 overall and face host and top-seed Virginia (46-13) in the night game at 7 p.m. Central. Arkansas posted a season-high 16 hits and the Razorback pitching staff combined for a season-best 14 strikeouts in the win.
For the game, Arkansas scored 10 runs on 16 hits, took advantage of four walks and three hit batters and had three extra base hits. It is the 10th shutout of the season, tying for second all-time in single-season shutouts.
Clark Eagan and Anderson both pounded out three hits with Anderson going 3-for-3 and getting hit twice. Eagan was 3-for-6 and Eric Fisher, Tyler Spoon and Alex Gosser had two hits each.
Arkansas ended a 12-inning scoreless drought in the first inning of Sunday’s opening game. Arkansas sent 10 men to the plate scoring four runs on six hits in the first frame.
The inning began with an infield single off the bat of Eagan followed by a four-pitch walk to Joe Serrano. Anderson loaded the bases with a single through the left side with one out for the Razorbacks.
With the bases loaded, Arkansas got four consecutive singles plating a run each time. Fisher blooped a 3-2 pitch into shallow center scoring Eagan. Spoon laced a hard-hit ball into leftfield plating Serrano with the second run. Krisjon Wilkerson, in his first NCAA Regional action of the year, hit the first pitch he saw to almost the same location scoring Anderson. Gosser, also playing in the Regional for the first time this season, followed with the third consecutive single to shallow left to score Fisher with the fourth run.
A strikeout and ground ball ended the inning with the bases loaded but Arkansas had a four-run lead heading into the bottom of the first inning.
Jalen Beeks, who was sidelined for 29 days with shoulder soreness, took the ball to start Sunday and responded with a strikeout of the first man he faced. He worked a 1-2-3 first inning thanks to a great defensive play by Spoon to throw out Joe Ogren at third base. Beeks went five innings allowing just three hits and tying his season-best with nine strikeouts.
Arkansas’ offense produced two more runs in the third inning and chased the Bison starter from the contest. Spoon reached on an infield error followed by the second hit of the game for Gosser. Michael Bernal loaded the bases with a single to left – Arkansas’ favorite area of the field in today’s game.
Eagan got his second hit of the afternoon and the first off of Bucknell’s second pitcher, Xavier Hammond, ripping a shot out to center field plating Spoon. Serrano next lifted a fly ball to left that allowed Gosser to score the sixth run of the game for the Hogs.
The Razorbacks extended the lead to 8-0 with a pair of runs in the fourth inning as they pushed their hit total to 12 for the game. Anderson was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. He moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a double to right off the bat of Fisher.
Spoon recorded his second hit of the game on an infield single. He was part of a double play off the bat of Wilkerson but the ground ball let Fisher come home.
Arkansas pushed runs across in the sixth and seventh innings as the Bison changed pitchers trying to slow down the Razorback onslaught. In the sixth inning, Eagan doubled and scored on an RBI base knock to center off the bat of Andrew Benintendi.
Wilkerson was hit by a pitch with one out in the seventh frame. Gosser was walked and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Eagan hit into a fielder’s choice and Wilkerson was able to score on the play.
Bucknell mounted a rally in the bottom of the sixth inning loading the bases against Arkansas reliever Jackson Lowery. Lowery rallied however, getting a strikeout as the Bison stranded three runners. Bucknell sent four hitters to the plate in the final three innings but couldn’t push a run across.
(Courtesy: Arkansas Sports Information)