Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Hogs roll in midweek finale
Arkansas center fielder Tyler Spoon heads to first as a run scores against Grambling State during the third inning Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Four pitchers combined to throw Arkansas' second shutout of the season Wednesday in an 8-0 win over Grambling State at Baum Stadium.
Alex Phillips and Jackson Lowery each pitched three innings, Dominic Taccolini pitched two innings and Landon Simpson threw the final inning as the Razorbacks (11-7) won their third straight game. Arkansas took control of the game early and didn't allow the Tigers to threaten after nearly blowing a four-run lead in the final two innings Tuesday.
Eric Fisher recorded a career-high four hits and reached base in all five at-bats to lead the Razorbacks' effort on offense. Clark Eagan, Brian Anderson and Tyler Spoon also had multi-hit games as Arkansas recorded 12 hits.
Andrew Benintendi gave the Razorbacks a first inning lead, scoring on a Tyler Spoon single after a leadoff walk. Spoon scored later in the inning on Fisher's RBI double.
Arkansas added three more runs in the third inning to extend its lead to 5-0. Eagan walked to leadoff the inning and scored on a triple by Brian Anderson. Spoon's second RBI single plated Anderson and Spoon scored on a sacrifice fly by Jake Wise.
The Razorbacks scored three more times in the sixth inning. KJ Wilkerson and Wise were hit by pitches in consecutive at-bats with the bases loaded after an Anderson RBI single.
Arkansas was hit by a pitch five times Wednesday bringing its season total to 38 through 18 games. The Razorbacks were hit by 36 pitches in 61 games a year ago.
Arkansas returns to SEC play Friday with a home game against Alabama (13-6).