FAYETTEVILLE – White scored all five of its runs in the top of the third and Randall Fant
threw seven shutout innings as White defeated Cardinal, 5-1, on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Baum Stadium. The victory clinches the series for White, four games to two.
For the second straight start, Fant was fantastic on the mound to earn the win. The senior southpaw struck out seven and gave up just two hits in seven scoreless innings. Over his two starts in the Cardinal-White Series, Fant tossed 15 shutout innings, allowed just six hits and struck out nine.
Out of the White bullpen, Brandon Moore
tossed a scoreless eighth inning, while Ryne Stanek
finished the game in the ninth, striking out one and allowing a run.
Jalen Beeks started for Cardinal and took the loss. Beeks allowed five runs on three hits and walked two in 2.1 innings.
The Cardinal bullpen was effective on Saturday as Jackson Lowery, Colin Poche and Barrett Astin
combined to throw 6.2 shutout innings. Lowery struck out two and allowed just one hit in 4.1 innings. Poche did not allow a run in 0.2 of an inning, while Astin fanned two in 1.2 scoreless innings of work.
Offensively, the White team was led by Willie Schwanke, who had a game-high three hits and drove in two runs. Brett McAfee was 1-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. Jake Wise
also drove in a run in the victory.
, Joe Serrano
and Tyler Spoon
each had a hit in the loss for Cardinal. Fisher drove in the only run of the game for Cardinal.
White scored all five of its runs in the top of the third. Isaac Hellbusch walked to start the inning and advanced to second on a single to center field by Michael Gunn
. Terry Tatum was hit by a pitch to load the bases. McAfee then grounded a double inside the third base bag and down the left field line, plating Hellbusch and Gunn. A walk to Jacob Mahan
loaded the bases for the second time in the inning. Wise drove in a run on a groundout to short with Tatum scoring on the play. A two-RBI single to right by Schwanke scored Mahan and McAfee to put White in front 5-0.
The Cardinal team offense was held in check for much of the game, but managed to score a run in the bottom of the ninth. Spoon drew a leadoff walk, but was retired at second after Morris grounded into a fielder’s choice to third. After a fly out to center by Serrano, Dominic Ficociello
walked to put runners on first and second with two out. Fisher grounded a single through the right side of the infield to score Morris for Cardinal’s only run of the game. Stanek got Blake Baxendale to strike out swinging to end the game and clinch the series for White.
The conclusion of the Cardinal-White Series wraps up the fall season for the Razorback baseball team. Arkansas opens the 2013 regular season on Friday, Feb. 15, against Western Illinois at Baum Stadium. First pitch is set for 3:05 p.m.