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No. 24 Razorbacks Open Series With 12-1 Win

The No. 24 Arkansas baseball team remained undefeated by blasting South Alabama 12-1 on Friday in Baum Stadium. The Razorbacks put the game out of reach early, scoring four runs in the first inning, five more in the third and three in the fifth to cruise to victory.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR - The No. 24 Arkansas baseball team (7-0) remained undefeated by blasting South Alabama (3-5) 12-1 on Friday in Baum Stadium. The Razorbacks put the game out of reach early, scoring four runs in the first inning, five more in the third and three in the fifth to cruise to victory.

Junior left fielder Joe Serrano had a career day at the plate, pounding out a career-high four hits and registering a career-high four RBI. The Tucson, Ariz., native’s production included three doubles, which were the most by a Razorback since 2007. Arkansas had four hitters score two runs, with Serrano, Andrew Benintendi, Krisjon Wilkerson and Michael Bernal all touching home plate twice. Wilkerson, Bernal and Brett McAfee also had multiple hits.

Junior left-handed pitcher Jalen Beeks (3-0) earned the win after throwing 6.0 innings and allowing just one run on three hits. He struck out six, bringing his season total to 17, and has an earned-run average of 0.51 with opponents hitting just .155 against him this year. True freshmen James Teague, Dominic Taccolini and Chris Falwell finished off the game on the mound with 1.0 shutout inning each.

Arkansas and South Alabama will wrap up the three-game series with a doubleheader Saturday. The first game is set for a 12:05 p.m. first pitch, and the second game will follow approximately 25 minutes after game one. Arkansas concludes its season-opening 10-game home stand with a Monday matinee against IPFW. First pitch Monday is scheduled for 3:05 p.m.

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Coach Van Horn Quotes:
Arkansas Head Coach Dave Van Horn (on LF-Joe Serrano) – “He was 4-for-4 with three doubles and on base five times. He had a tremendous day. He has been around and has a lot of plate appearances here at Arkansas. I think the experience is starting to pay off for him. When he is swinging at strikes he is tough to get out.”
Arkansas Head Coach Dave Van Horn (on Arkansas’ production at the plate with two outs) – “It’s huge. It is demoralizing if you are on the other end of it. You are just one pitch from getting out of an inning and then the next thing you know you are down two or down four. We did a good job of just battling at the plate. We worked the counts for the most part.”

(Courtesy: UA Sports Information)
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