Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas.
Diamond Hogs Win First SEC Series
Chris Oliver, University of Arkansas pitcher, finished 2-2 with a 2.25 ERA in 14 games this season for the Razorbacks.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas used another strong performance on the mound to beat Alabama 1-0 Sunday at Baum Stadium and win its first SEC series this season.
Chris Oliver faced two batters over the minimum in seven innings of work, followed by two perfect innings by Michael Gunn.
The Razorbacks got their only run of the game in the second inning, when KJ Wilkerson hit a triple off the left field wall and Bobby Wernes' ground out allowed him to score.
Arkansas managed five hits during the game and also got on base with two walks and three hit by pitches, but couldn't come up with a timely hit to add to its lead. Seven runners were left on base, including six in scoring position.
Oliver earned his second win of the season to improve to 2-2. He gave up four hits and one walk while striking out six.
By throwing two perfect innings, Gunn picked up his third save. He struck out half of the batters he faced.
The performance by Oliver and Gunn followed a complete game win by Trey Killian Saturday, meaning Arkansas allowed only one run in 18 innings after giving up 17 Friday night.
Arkansas returns to action Tuesday with a doubleheader against Mississippi Valley State at Baum Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m.