Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas.
Diamond Hogs rout South Alabama
Arkansas starter Jalen Beeks delivers a pitch during the third inning against South Alabama Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas scored four runs in the first inning and easily beat South Alabama 12-1 Friday at Baum Stadium.
KJ Wilkerson and Brett McAfee had a pair of 2-run hits in the first inning to give the Razorbacks a 4-0 lead. Joe Serrano added three doubles as Arkansas recorded 14 hits.
The Razorbacks scored five runs in the third inning. Tyler Spoon, Wilkerson and McAfee reached on singles and eventually came around to score.
Serrano's double with the bases loaded capped Arkansas' scoring in the third inning and opened up a 9-1 lead for the Razorbacks.
He finished the day 4-for-4 at the plate and walked once. The four hits were a career-high for Serrano, who also scored twice.
The Razorbacks tacked on another three runs in the fifth inning, as the first four Arkansas batters reached with a hit. Spoon's sacrifice fly scored the 12th and final run of the day for the Razorbacks.
Jalen Beeks struggled with his command in the second inning, but recovered to throw six strong innings and improve to 3-0. He walked a pair of batters to lead off the second, but a double play lessened the effect of back-to-back singles by the Jaguars. Only one run scored.
The run was Beeks' first earned run of the season, giving him a 0.51 ERA on the year and snapping his 16-inning scoreless streak, dating back to the Manhattan Regional last season.
Freshmen James Teague and Chris Falwell each made their first appearance in a Razorback uniform and pitched one scoreless inning in relief. Dominic Taccolini, another freshman, also pitched one scoreless inning out of the bullpen.
The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday beginning at noon.