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Arkansas Baseball Team Shuts Out Missouri 4-0; Clinches Series


The Razorbacks clinched at least a .500 SEC season and no worse than a 9-seed at the SEC Tournament. If they can complete the sweep on Saturday, they'll have sole possession of 7th place in the SEC and take on whoever ends up with the 10-seed in the first round (currently Texas A&M). Lose Sunday, and they could still end up with the 7-seed if both Alabama and Kentucky lose, but there are many more possibilities in play depending on what the Tide and Cats do.

Here's the Friday night rundown from UA:

The No. 24 Arkansas baseball team (34-21, 15-14 SEC) used a trio of fifth-inning runs to lead the Razorbacks to a 4-0 series-clinching victory against Missouri (20-32, 6-22) Friday evening at Taylor Stadium in SEC action.

Joe Serrano led the way at the plate with three hits, including a two-out RBI double in the fifth inning to plate the first run of the game. The run-scoring hit came in the middle of four consecutive base knocks for Arkansas, capped by a two-run single from Andrew Benintendi as the Razorbacks raced out to a 3-0 lead.

Arkansas added an insurance run in the sixth inning when Brian Anderson walked, stole second base and came around to score on a two-out single up the middle by Bobby Wernes to give the Razorbacks all the runs they would need in a 4-0 road victory.

Chris Oliver (7-4) tossed another masterpiece in the victory, allowing just two hits and no runs in 6.0 innings of work, while striking out five. The junior earned his sixth conference win of the year in 10 starts. Zach Jackson worked a pair of hitless innings and Michael Gunn worked a scoreless ninth frame to close out the Tigers.

The Razorbacks will go for the series sweep Saturday afternoon in the regular season finale for both teams. First pitch is set for 3:05 p.m. and will be televised on CST.