Arkansas Baseball Splits First Two Games In California

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The Diamond Hogs stopped their three game losing skid with a shutout over Tulane.

Arkansas pushed their record to 8-3 after posting a 4-0 shutout over Tulane Saturday afternoon. The Green Wave are now 9-4.

From UA:

Freshman right-handed pitcher Zach Jackson (1-0) earned the win after a career-long, 3.2-inning outing in relief. The Berryhill, Okla., native struck out two while allowing three hits and no runs. Jackson has thrown 12.1 innings this season over four appearances without allowing an earned run. Junior right hander Jacob Stone earned his first save as a Razorback. Stone finished the final 2.1 innings after being called from the bullpen with two runners on and two outs in the seventh inning. Left-handed pitcher Colin Poché made his first start of the season and allowed just one hit in 3.0 shutout innings.

Junior Joe Serrano drove in three of Arkansas’ runs. The Tucson, Ariz., native knocked in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the fifth inning and added another RBI on a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Michael Bernal scored two runs, and Jake Wise scored the other run and led the Razorbacks with two hits during the game.

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On Friday,  the Hogs lost to San Francisco 2-1. It extended the losing streak that began against South Alabama in Fayetteville last weekend and raised fears about the team repeating its four-game road sweep like they did last season, but the win on Saturday ended that.

Here's the San Francisco story from UA:

Junior right-handed pitcher Jalen Beeks (3-1) threw a complete game on the mound and was efficient all afternoon, facing the minimum in eight of nine innings and pitching seven perfect innings. He gave up four hits and two runs, with just one earned, on 110 pitches, including 75 strikes. The team captain from Prairie Grove also tied his single-game career high with six strikeouts, the third time in four starts this season he has punched out six. Beeks has allowed just two earned runs in 26.2 innings pitched this season, an ERA of 0.68.

San Francisco scored both of its runs in the top of the fourth inning. After a leadoff single, sacrifice bunt and another single, the Dons added a third single to score the first run but the runner on first was thrown out trying to get to third. Consecutive singles and a throwing error to move one runner to third scored the second run before a strikeout to end the inning. Arkansas scored its run in the sixth when Krisjon Wilkerson hit a two-out double down the right-field line to score Tyler Spoon from first. The Razorbacks threatened again in the eighth, but a diving stop by the second baseman behind the bag robbed Wilkerson of another RBI and ended the inning.

Spoon led the Razorbacks at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance, tying his single-game career high for hits, and one run scored. Wilkerson’s double was the only extra-base hit of the game for either team.

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The Razorbacks close out their trip to the Bay Area with a double header against Cal today.

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