Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas.
Diamond Hogs win series against Vanderbilt
Arkansas pitcher Chris Oliver fires a pitch in the 4th inning of the Saturday, April 5, 2014, game against South Carolina at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas got a much needed series win over No. 18 Vanderbilt with a 3-1 victory Sunday at Baum Stadium.
Right-hander Chris Oliver retired the first 10 batters he faced before giving up a single to Xavier Turner. He scattered six hits and allowed only one run in 6 2/3 innings of work while striking out two batters and walking none.
The Razorbacks led the entire game. A bases-loaded walk by Eric Fisher gave Arkansas a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
That was the score until the fifth inning, when the Razorbacks used a hit by pitch, walk, sacrifice bunt and a passed ball to extend the lead to 2-0. Brian Anderson added an RBI-single to make it 3-0 after five innings.
Bryan Reynolds led off the seventh inning with a solo home run to give the Commodores their only run of the game.
For the second time this series, freshman Zach Jackson came into the game with two-outs in the seventh inning and Vanderbilt threatening to score. He got Jason Delay to hit a pop up that Fisher caught over-the-shoulder in foul territory to end the inning.
Vanderbilt loaded the bases in the eighth to threaten again, but Michael Gunn came into the game and got Nolan Rogers to line out to right field and end the threat. Gunn retired the Commodores in order in the ninth to earn his sixth save of the season.
Arkansas returns to action with a two-game midweek series against Northwestern State at Baum Stadium. The first game is scheduled to start at 6:35 p.m.