Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas.
Diamond Hogs bounce back against UNLV
Arkansas pitcher Alex Phillips delivers the ball to a UNLV batter during the game in Baum Stadium in Fayetteville on Wednesday April 9, 2014. Arkansas won 9-2.
After giving up 10 runs the night before, Arkansas' pitching staff bounced back strong against No. 20 UNLV Wednesday at Baum Stadium.
Led by starter Alex Phillips, who gave up only one hit in six innings of work, the Razorbacks allowed only two runs in the 9-2 victory.
It was the freshman right-hander's sixth start of his career, but only the second time he pitched six inning. His only other outing of six innings came against Mississippi Valley State.
That game, Phillips allowed three hits to a team that is RPI No. 285 and batting .209 on the season. The Rebels came into Wednesday's game with a .290 batting average and a No. 12 RPI ranking.
Arkansas jumped on UNLV early Wednesday, scoring a run in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Brian Anderson. The Razorbacks extended their lead to 5-0 in the second with an RBI-single by Michael Bernal and a three-run home run by Tyler Spoon.
Anderson went 1-for-3 at the plate, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. He is batting .351 during the streak and has hit safely in 29 of Arkansas' 34 games this season.
Jake Wise laid down a squeeze bunt to score another run and Andrew Benintendi scored on a wild pitch in the third and fourth innings, respectively.
Wise, who came into the game with a .115 average, finished 2-for-3 at the plate.
UNLV cut into the lead in the seventh inning thanks to a solo home run by T.J. White and RBI-double by Joey Swanner, but Arkansas got the runs back in its half of the seventh with a two-run double by Benintendi.
Spoon's and White's home runs brought the two-game series total to five. That is the most home runs in a series at Baum Stadium this season since Arkansas and Appalachian State hit five in the opening three-game series.
The Razorbacks travel to Baton Rouge, La., for a three-game series against No. 16 LSU that starts Friday.