The Hogs were finally able to string together enough pitching and hitting to get their second conference win of the season over Ole Miss on a nationally televised broadcast on ESPNU.
Domonic Taccolini, Zach Jackson and Lance Phillips combined to take care of Ole Miss on the mound. Taccolini was one out away from a "quality start" even thought I think the Hogs were happy with his performance for the most part. He went 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on three hits, but with six walks. You all know that walks have plagued the Hog pitching staff this season, but Ole Miss was unable to capitalize for the most part.
Arkansas loaded the bases in the first with only one out, but Tyler Spoon's sac fly to center scoring Joe Serrano was the only run they could get across the plate.
Taccolini cruised until the top of the 3rd, when he started to lose control. He walked three in a row to load the bases, then gave up a RBI single and a RBI groundout. Ole Miss was able to plate two runs on only one hit that inning. Not. Good.
The Hogs evened it up in the bottom half of the 3rd. Bobby Wernes lead off the inning with a double and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Spoon.
It all fell apart for Ole Miss in 5th. Andrew Benintendi, Cullen Gassaway, and Spoon all had RBIs that inning. Even though Ole Miss scored one more in the 6th, it was never really in doubt. Especially after the Razorbacks plated three in the 7th and two more in the 8th.
A lot of offensive heros tonight. Serrano and Brett McAfee had three hit games, along with McAfee's RBI. Wernes, Benintendi, and Gassaway all had two hits. Gassaway had two RBIs and Benintendi had one. Spoon was the main offensive culprit. He lead the team with three RBIs. Six of the nine starters in the lineup had at least one hit.
Also, can't forget the work out of the bullpen by Jackson and Phillips. Jackson went 2 1/3 and struck out 6 while only giving up two hits. Phillips came in and shut the door with an uneventful 9th.
These two will do it all again tomorrow night at 6pm on the SEC Network.