Diamond Hogs Sweep Doubleheader

By: Andrew Hutchinson
Published: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Brian Anderson was the only Arkansas player with multiple hits in a 3-0 loss at Auburn on Thursday.
Photo by Andy Shupe
Brian Anderson was the only Arkansas player with multiple hits in a 3-0 loss at Auburn on Thursday.

— Arkansas broke its streak of being swept in three straight doubleheaders by sweeping Mississippi Valley State Tuesday at Baum Stadium.

The Razorbacks beat the Delta Devils 6-0 in the first game and 12-1 in a shortened second game.

In the first game, Arkansas got on the board in the second inning when KJ Wilkerson knocked in Tyler Spoon with a single after Spoon led off the inning with a double.

Spoon stretched Arkansas' lead to 2-0 in the third inning with an RBI-single. He finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate.

After the Razorbacks scored a run in the fourth inning, it doubled its lead in the fifth inning. Brian Anderson and Tyler Spoon reached on back-to-back singles to lead off the inning, then Eric Fisher knocked them in with a double.

Fisher later scored on a fielder's choice.

The Delta Devils threatened in the eighth inning. Making his third appearance of his career, Chris Falwell retired the first two batters he faced.

The next three batters reached on singles to load the bases, but Falwell recovered to force a ground out and end the inning.

Colin Poche earned the win for Arkansas, pitching five innings and striking out six while giving up three hits and one walk.

In the second game, the Razorbacks jumped on Mississippi Valley State by scoring three runs in the first inning thanks to an RBI-double by Anderson and a pair of sacrifice flies by Spoon and Fisher.

After an RBI-single by Kalik May in the second inning snapped Arkansas' 25 2/3 inning scoreless streak, the Razorbacks scored nine unanswered runs, including seven in the last two innings.

Anderson, who went 4-for-5 on the day, hit an inside-the-park home run in the sixth inning to push Arkansas' lead to 8-1. It was the first inside-the-park home run hit by the Razorbacks since Danny Hamblin hit one in 2007.

The Razorbacks' scoring was capped in the seventh inning with a two-run hits by Andrew Benintendi and Joe Serrano. The game ended because of an agreement between the teams that it would end with a run-rule if either team led by 10 or more runs after seven innings.

Arkansas will have a chance to sweep the midweek series against Mississippi Valley State Wednesday at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

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