Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas.
Diamond Hogs split doubleheader
Arkansas batter Tyler Spoon puts the ball into play in the first inning of Friday night's game against Alabama at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Jalen Beeks' second complete game of the season salvaged a doubleheader split for Arkansas Friday at Baum Stadium.
The junior left-hander struck out a career-high nine batters in the Razorbacks' 4-1 victory after Arkansas dropped the first game 2-1.
Despite four errors by Arkansas' defense, Beeks was able to go the distance, allowing only four hits and one walk. He threw 117 pitches.
The first three runs of the game came with two outs. Brian Anderson's two-out RBI-single in the first inning gave the Razorbacks a 1-0 lead and Tyler Spoon's two-out double in the second inning scored two and extended the lead to 3-0.
The Gamecocks pulled within two runs in the fourth because of two errors by Michael Bernal at shortstop, but Arkansas got that run back in the sixth by capitalizing on a South Carolina error.
Arkansas batters couldn't figure out South Carolina's pitchers in game one of the doubleheader, striking out 13 times in the loss.
Blake Baxendale knocked in the only run of the game for Arkansas in the sixth inning on a two-out double, but South Carolina answered with a pair of runs in the eighth.
For the third time this season, Trey Killian gave up two or fewer runs and lost. The sophomore right-hander tossed 7 2/3 innings and gave up six hits while striking out five batters.
Half of the hits he allowed came in the eighth, including an RBI-single by Marcus Mooney that gave South Carolina the 2-1 lead it wouldn't relinquish.
The Gamecocks' starter, left-hander Jordan Montgomery, earned the win, pitching seven-plus innings and striking out nine.
Three of Montgomery's strikeouts came against Andrew Benintendi, who went 0-for-3 and saw only nine pitches.
Game two of the doubleheader is scheduled to start at 6:35 p.m.