Razorbacks 4, #2 Gamecocks 1: Upset

Walt Beazley

19-12, 5-6

The Razorbacks upset the #2 South Carolina Gamecocks because of the left arm of starting pitcher Jalen Beeks, who went the distance to get the win.

Beeks (5-2) allowed only four hits, while striking out nine. The run he gave up was not earned, dropping his ERA to a microscopic 0.89. He also benefited from enough run support, something that he and Trey Killian haven't always received at times this season, despite solid outings.

Unlike the first game of the doubleheader, the Diamond Hogs got their bats going early. Tyler Spoon lead off the game with a single. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Bobby Wernes. After Joe Serrano grounded out to second, advancing Spoon to third, Brian Anderson singled to left field, scoring Spoon. Once again, Arkansas had a 1-0 lead on the #2 team in the nation.

Also unlike the first game, the Hogs weren't done scoring. An offensive explosion of massive proportions happened in the second inning. The Hogs plated two more runs. Krisjon Wilkerson drew a walk to lead off the inning. He was bunted over by Clark Eagan. After Jake Wise flew out to right and Michael Bernal reached on an error by the third baseman, Spoon drilled a two RBI double to right center. Arkansas had a 3-0 lead and it was glorious.

South Carolina responded with a run in the top of the fourth. Bernal had two errors at shortstop in the inning, causing the run to be unearned.

The Razorbacks added another run in the bottom of the sixth. Brian Anderson skied a ball to third base, which was comically dropped by the USC third baseman. With Anderson on second, Blake Baxendale flied to center and Anderson tagging up and going to third. The set up the sacrifice fly to center by Krisjon Wilkerson to score the final run of the game.

It was a sloppy game where there were almost as many hits (8) as there were errors (7) between the two teams (Ark 4, USC 3).  Only one of Arkansas' four runs were earned.

It was a season high day for both paid and actual attendance. They sold 9,947 tickets and 6,326 showed up to Baum for the doubleheader. The rubber match of the series is slated to start at 6:05 p.m. and can be seen on every Hog fan's favorite network, Cox Sports Television or live streamed on the internet at ESPN3. Also don't forget, first 1,000 fans get an Arkansas Razorback replica t-shirt jersey.

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