FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas baseball team (11-7) completed its mid-week sweep of Grambling State (3-17) and earned its third victory in a row with an 8-0 win on Wednesday in Baum Stadium.
The victory was Arkansas’ second shutout of the season and completed the team’s third sweep of 2014. The Razorbacks once again jumped out to an early lead, scoring two in the first and three in the third. Arkansas added three more in the sixth to complete the scoring.
Junior Eric Fisher led Arkansas’ offensive attack with a career-high four hits, including two doubles, one RBI and one walk to reach base in all five of his plate appearances. Brian Anderson, Tyler Spoon and Jake Wise each had two RBI, and Clark Eagan, Anderson and Spoon scored two runs each. All nine of Arkansas’ batters reached base, with seven Razorback hitters reaching base multiple times and six recording at least one hit.
True freshman Alex Phillips (1-0) earned his first collegiate victory in his third start, pitching 3.0 shutout innings and allowing just two hits. Junior Jackson Lowery relieved Phillips and added 3.0 more shutout innings with three strikeouts. True freshman Dominic Taccolini and sophomore Landon Simpson combined for three strikeouts over the final 3.0 innings to complete the shutout.
The Razorbacks continue their home stand this weekend when Alabama comes to Fayetteville for Baum Stadium’s first SEC series of the year. Arkansas plays the Crimson Tide at 6:35 p.m. Friday, 2:05 p.m. Saturday and 1:05 p.m. Sunday.
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Coach Van Horn Quotes
Head Coach Dave Van Horn (on 1B-Eric Fisher’s 4-for-4 day) – “He got four hits and more than anything, it was good for his confidence. The two best swings he took were the line drives he hit the other way. That is what we need to see him do.”
Head Coach Dave Van Horn (on playing Alabama this weekend) – “They are a really good team obviously. They field the ball really well. They have the two middle infielders that have played ball together since they were 12 years old. They have two really experienced pitchers and the pitcher they use on Sundays was their closer last year as a freshman. They are good, and we will see how it goes. It is good to be back here at Baum Stadium.”