Arkansas reached double digit runs for the fifth time this season and had no problem running the Demons out of Fayetteville Wednesday afternoon for the midweek series sweep.
Northwestern State did strike first in the top of the second. Starting pitcher Alex Phillips left a piece of meat over the plate for Nathan Lyons who bombed one into the Razorbacks' bullpen. Phillips settled down after that and was effective in his three innings of work.
The Hogs responded big in the fourth, plating four, highlighted by a two RBI double by Jake Wise. He came into the game hitting .157, so it's good to see him getting his average up from the .111 it was earlier in the season.
Eric Fisher hit a home run that almost landed at Foghorns in the bottom of the third. His two run shot is a team high sixth of the season and increased Arkansas' lead to 6-1.
No to be outdone, Brian Anderson hit a 3-run dinger in the bottom of the fourth, scoring Clark Eagan and Joe Serrano. Anderson's home run landed in the left field seats for his fourth round-tripper of the season.
Arkansas added to more in the bottom of the fifth. Wise had an RBI single and Eagan had an RBI fielder's choice.
The Razorback's bullpen streak of scoreless innings pitched ended at 22 2/3 after Landon Simpson gave up a run in the sixth. We knew the streak had to end sometime and it was fun while it lasted.
Unfortunately, these two teams didn't agree to the mercy rule. Arkansas scored four more runs in the eighth to make it 15-2. Anderson, Fisher and Bobby Wernes all had RBIs that inning.
The Demons plated one more run for the fun of it in the top of the ninth to make give us the final score of 15-3.
Fisher had a game high four RBIs, while Anderson followed him up with three. The Hogs had 13 total hits, but no one had more than two. Spoon Anderson Fisher and Wise were the guys with multi-hit games.
The platoon of pitchers used did a fine job, considering most of them don't get much work. Dominic Taccolini, who has struggled at times this season, threw two scoreless innings in relief and had a game high three strikeouts. James Teague also threw two hitless innings. That was the sharpest he looked all season.
Next up for the Diamond Hogs is a three game home weekend series against Auburn this weekend. First pitch for Friday's matchup is set for 6:35 p.m. and will be televised by Cox Sports Television (CST).