The Razorbacks quickly eliminated any tension from their elimination game against Bucknell Sunday afternoon. The Hogs jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and strolled to a an easy win in Charlottesville to set up another game against the Cavaliers Sunday night.
The big question going into the game was what Arkansas could expect from starting pitcher Jalen Beeks, who made his first start since May 3rd and whose start today wasn't announced until after the Saturday night loss to Virginia. Fortunately, Beeks was fantastic. He allowed just three hits and two walks in five innings. He was originally expected to throw about 50 pitches but was able to hang in for 77, which helps the Arkansas pitching staff save some arms for tonight's game against Virginia.
The Hogs only managed two hits against Virginia's Nathan Kirby on Saturday night, but the bats had no such problems against Bucknell. Arkansas scored four runs on the first inning with basically just but a bunch of singles. Eric Fisher, Brian Anderson, Joe Serrano, and Clark Eagan all scored.
Then in the third inning, Alex Gosser and Tyler Spoon added a couple more. Arkansas got it up to 10-0 by the end of the sixth inning and that would be all.
Jackson Lowery came on to relieve Beeks in the sixth inning and was able to go the rest of the way without allowing a single hit and just two walks. Anderson was 3-3 with two runs scored. Eagan also had three hits and the team altogether had 16.
The Razorbacks will play Virginia again tonight at 6:00 CST.