Arkansas sweeps Eastern Illinois doubleheader
A small but enthusiastic crowd calls the Hogs Monday March 2, 2015, during the baseball Razorbacks game against Eastern Illinois University. The Hogs' baseball game scheduled for Wednesday has been cancelled due to expected winter weather.
FAYETTEVILLE A four-run fifth inning propelled Arkansas to a sweep of Monday's doubleheader against Eastern Illinois.
Bobby Wernes hit a solo home run - the first of his career with the Razorbacks - to start the inning and Arkansas went on to win 8-1.
Arkansas has cancelled its Wednesday game against Louisiana Tech and scheduled another game against Eastern Illinois Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for noon.
After three straight walks by Eastern Illinois' starter, Garrison Stenger, Arkansas added a run on Andrew Benintendi's sacrifice fly. One batter later, Tyler Spoon hit a double off the left field wall to give the Razorbacks a 4-1 lead.
The next inning, Arkansas doubled its run total on a grand slam by Michael Bernal. It was Arkansas' first grand slam since Brian Anderson hit one last season against Missouri on May 15.
Four different pitchers saw action for Arkansas, as starter Zach Jackson lasted only 1 1/3 innings and struggled with his command.
He walked four batters before Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn brought in Jackson Lowery, who gave up an unearned run and struck out three in two innings of work. James Teague replaced Lowery and faced only two batters, walking one and getting the second to ground out.
The best performance of the day came from the arm of Josh Alberius, who retired all nine batters he faced and picked up the win.
Game 1 - Arkansas 4, Eastern Illinois 1
Arkansas scored two runs in the second inning and made the lead stick to beat Eastern Illinois in the first game of Monday's doubleheader.
Bobby Wernes knocked a 2-run single through the left side of the infield to get the Razorbacks on the board and Arkansas added two runs in the sixth inning to win 4-1.
The Panthers scored on a sacrifice fly by Mitch Gasbarro in the top of the sixth to pull within one run and had a chance to tie it, but Dominic Taccolini managed to get out of the jam.
Demetre Taylor and Brant Valach grounded out and flew out, respectively, to strand the potential game-tying run on third.
Taccolini earned the win allowing just one run on two hits and two walks, while striking out four batters in six innings of work. Jacob Stone earned the save - his first of the season - despite giving up a hit and walking a batter.
Despite the win, Taccolini struggles with his command. On top of his two walks, he hit a pair of batters and also had two wild pitches.
Wernes reached base all three times he went to the plate, finishing 2-for-2 with a triple and a walk. It was his third triple of the season. He is batting .524 this season.
Arkansas' other two runs came on a balk by Eastern Illinois and an RBI-single by Clark Eagan.
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