Diamond Hogs split doubleheader with Auburn

By: Andrew Hutchinson
Published: April 26, 2014 at 3:45 p.m. - Updated: April 26, 2014 at 10:42 p.m.
Arkansas pitcher Jalen Beeks fires a pitch in the 2nd inning of the first game of the doubleheader April 26, 2014, at Baum Stadium.
Photo by Michael Woods
Arkansas pitcher Jalen Beeks fires a pitch in the 2nd inning of the first game of the doubleheader April 26, 2014, at Baum Stadium.

— After winning with its first walk-off hit of the season in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, Arkansas' bats went cold in the night cap

The Razorbacks lost the second game of the doubleheader 7-2, following a 4-3 win in 10 innings earlier in the day. The paid attendance of 11,742 was a Baum Stadium record, while the 10,217 fans actually at the games was the sixth-highest in UA history.

The Tigers scored seven runs before the Razorbacks got on the board.

Blake Austin hit a two-run home run and Arkansas starter Chris Oliver lasted only three innings. Despite giving up six earned runs, Oliver's season ERA dropped to 3.05.

Oliver was not sharp during his time on the mound. He walked five batters and gave up five hits before being taken out of the game after loading the bases with no outs in the fourth inning.

The loss broke Oliver's streak of three consecutive wins - all three of which came against ranked opponents.

Arkansas' only runs of the game came on a two-run double by Blake Baxendale in the sixth.

Auburn's starter in the second game, Michael O'Neal, pitched eight innings and gave up two earned runs on seven hits.

Game 1 marked Arkansas' first extra inning game of the season.

It was also the Razorbacks' first walk-off win this season, as Tyler Spoon singled in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat Auburn 4-3 in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.

Spoon's single was Arkansas' third hit of the inning after Eric Fisher's lead-off double and freshman Josh Alberius' first career hit.

The Razorbacks held a 2-1 lead going into the sixth inning thanks to a sacrifice fly by Jake Wise and an RBI-single by Baxendale in the second and third innings, respectively.

Auburn took the lead with a two-run sixth inning. The Tigers capitalized on another error, as well as a sacrifice fly.

The game went to extras after an RBI-single by Wise tied the game in the eighth and neither team scored in the ninth.

Jalen Beeks gave up two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings of work before Dave Van Horn brought in Jacob Stone, who didn't allow a hit in 3 1/3 innings. It was Michael Gunn, however, who earned the win.

He faced two batters in the 10th inning, including Damek Tomscha, who struck out with the bases loaded to end Auburn's threat.

Arkansas returns to action Tuesday with its final nonconference game of the season. The Razorbacks will play Missouri State in Springfield, Mo., with the first pitch scheduled for 4:05 p.m.

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