Razorbacks 8, Tigers 0: SWACtion Sweep

Walt Beazley

11-7, 1-2

It was refreshing to see the Hogs put some runs on the board, as they had no problem handling Grambling State or the mid-week sweep.

It was nice to see the Hog bats get it going, even if it was against a SWAC team. Arkansas jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st thanks to a RBI single by Tyler Spoon and an RBI double by Eric Fisher.

The Razorbacks struck again in the bottom of the 3rd.  Brian Anderson lined a RBI triple to the right-center field wall and then scored on another RBI single by Spoon. Jake Wise hit a sac fly to center that scored Spoon.

Arkansas got their bats going again in the 6th. Anderson hit an RBI single. Wilkerson and Wise got hit by back-to-back hit by pitches with the bases loaded, earning the most painful RBIs of the day.

Eric Fisher finally got it going offensively, after coming into today's game hitting .190 on the season. He went 4-4 with two doubles, a RBI, and a walk. Hopefully, he can carry that momentum into the weekend series with Alabama.

Anderson had another fine day at he plate as well. He was 2 for 3 with a triple and two HBPs. The second time he got hit, his reaction showed that he might be a little agitated by the six HBPs he has collected this season.

The pitching committee of starter Alex Phillips and relievers Jackson Lowery, Dominic Taccolini, and Landon Simpson combined for the shutout. They allowed seven hits, while striking out six and Taccolini walked two.

Josh Alberius had a phenomenal catch to end the game at third base. Going to his right in foul territory, he leaned over the barrier into the first row of seats to catch the final out.

Hopefully, the Hogs can use the mid-week sweep to gain confidence and win a home series against Alabama this weekend. Alabama will come to Fayetteville 14-6 overall, if they defeat Alcorn State today. They won two out of three against Kentucky last weekend, who was ranked 20th in the nation before the series began. The Crimson Tide come to Baum Stadium this Friday for a three game conference series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

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