Arkansas played against Nebraska like they've played much of the 2014 season so far. They split another series, winning a game in which they scored just enough to take advantage of a fantastic pitching performance, and losing a close game in which they left too many runners on base. That seems to be the trend so far this season.
These were the first two games of a stand that will see five Razorback baseball games in five days. South Carolina comes to Fayetteville for a three-game series that starts Thursday and lasts through Saturday.
The Razorback pitching staff allowed a season-best two hits on the night and Zach Jackson (2-1) worked 2.2 scoreless innings in relief to earn the victory. Michael Gunn came on for the final two innings and added a pair of strikeouts to earn his fifth save of the year. Colin Poché lasted 4.1 innings and gave up three runs, two earned, on two hits, while walking five and striking out two.
Tyler Spoon had the clutch hit at the plate, lining a bases loaded two-run double down the left field line as part of a four-run third inning to create the winning margin. Andrew Benintendi and Joe Serrano recorded multiple hits in the game, while Krisjon Wilkerson and Eric Fisher each added an RBI in the victory.
Joe Serrano led the way at the plate with his team-leading third three-hit game of the year, while Andrew Benintendi and Tyler Spoon each added a pair of hits.
Arkansas used five pitchers on the day, as Alex Phillips got the start and lasted 2.0 innings, while Jackson Lowery (0-1) came on in relief and suffered the loss. Chris Falwell, James Teague and Jacob Stone all saw action out of the bullpen as the staff allowed six runs on 10 hits.
The Razorbacks had a chance to break the game open in the first inning with the bases loaded and no outs, but a double play and lineout left Arkansas with just a 1-0 lead heading to the second frame. Nebraska would score two runs in the second inning and never trail the rest of the contests.
Dave Van Horn: "Good job by Nebraska; they came out swinging the bats real well. We tried to match them a bit and the difference was they drove in runs and we left a lot of guy out there. That was really the story of the day in my opinion."
The Hogs also had the bases loaded in the sixth inning and scored one run on a bases-loaded walk, but that's all they could get across home plate.