Razorbacks 12, Delta Devils 1: Lord Have Mercy

Walt Beazley

15-8 (3-3)

The Diamond Hogs really got their offense going in the second game and applied the mercy rule on Mississippi Valley State (1-22).

The most interesting event in this slaughter was Brian Anderson's 3-run inside the park home run. In the sixth, Anderson stepped into the box with two on and blasted a hit to the left center field wall. As the Delta Devil center-fielder crashed into the College World Series logo, the ball had already bounced off the wall and back toward center-field. Anderson ran like a gazelle around the bases and slid into home. It was the first inside the park home run for the Hogs since Danny Hamblin hit one in 2007. He had no trouble beating the throw. Anderson finished 2 for 4 at the plate with a game high four RBIs.

Andrew Benintendi also had a nice game by reaching base in all five of his plate appearances. He was 2 for 2 with three RBIs, a walk, and was plunked twice.

Joe Serrano added two hits and RBIs as well. Tyler Spoon, Eric Fisher, and Clark Eagan all contributed and RBI each.

Arkansas' pitchers had another good showing. James Teague received his first start of the season and threw four innings allowing only one run. He earned his first win of the season and his ERA remains a slender 1.64.

Jacob Stone, Zach Jackson, and Landon Simpson all threw hit-less innings in relief.

The Hogs switched up their lineup for the second game, slotting Eagan at third, and sliding Bobby Wernes to shortstop. Eagan struggled defensively with two errors, allowing several balls to eat him up at the hot corner. Honestly, Hog fans should be too worried, because this won't be a defensive lineup Dave Van Horn uses very often.

The series finale is tomorrow in North Little Rock as the Hogs go for the SWACtion sweep. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. and will be televised by Cox Sports Television.

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