Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas.
Diamond Hogs avoid sweep
Arkansas second baseman Brian Anderson (1) forces out Mississippi's Will Jamison (4) and throws to first for a double play at Oxford-University Stadium in Oxford, Miss. on Sunday, May 4, 2014. Arkansas won 11-1. (AP Photo/Oxford Eagle, Bruce Newman)
FAYETTEVILLE The bottom of the lineup came through for Arkansas Sunday afternoon in Oxford, Miss.
The Razorbacks' six- through nine-hole batters combined for nine hits in Arkansas' 11-1 victory over No. 11 Ole Miss.
Bobby Wernes and Michael Bernal, the eight- and nine-hole batters, each had an RBI-single in the second inning. Bernal's hit gave the Razorbacks a 2-1 lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Wernes finished the day 3-for-5 with three RBI-singles, while Bernal had a pair of hits. Clark Eagan and Blake Baxendale, the six- and seven-hole batters, also had two hits apiece.
The Rebels took an early lead when Will Allen grounded out to Bernal in the first inning, allowing Braxton Lee to score and put Ole Miss up 1-0.
Right-hander Chris Oliver settled in, however, and didn't allow another run. He scattered five hits in seven innings of work to improve to 6-4 on the season.
Baxendale's second hit of the game was a two-run single in the ninth inning to extend the Razorbacks' lead to 10-1. He started the game at catcher because Jake Wise was injured in Saturday's game.
When KJ Wilkerson replaced Baxendale as a pinch runner in the ninth inning, coach Dave Van Horn was forced to use pitcher Jackson Lowery behind the plate to catch for Michael Gunn.
Arkansas doesn't have any midweek games and returns to action with a three-game series against Texas A&M at Baum Stadium beginning Friday.