FAYETTEVILLE – Eight Arkansas pitchers combined to allow just one run and five hits, while five different Razorback starters had two hits as No. 4 Arkansas completed a two-game sweep of BYU with an 8-1 win on Wednesday afternoon at Baum Stadium.
The Razorbacks close their 10-game, season-opening homestand with a 9-1 record, while BYU falls to 4-4 on the season.
Junior DJ Baxendale
started for Arkansas and earned his third win of the season. Throwing on a predetermined pitch count, Baxendale struck out one in a perfect first inning of work.
, Colby Suggs
, Ty Wright
, Chris Oliver
, Mark Reyes
, Barrett Astin
and Nolan Sanburn
followed out of the bullpen after Baxendale. Milhorn threw two innings, giving up a run, while the rest of the Razorback pitchers tossed a scoreless inning.
The Arkansas pitching staff was dominant throughout the two-game series. In the two games, Arkansas pitching combined to allow just one run on five hits. Arkansas struck out 17 over the two games and issued just two walks.
The Arkansas offense put together its sixth double-digit hit total of the season, finishing the game with 13 hits. Five different Razorback starters had two hits in the win, led by Jimmy Bosco
, who reached base all four times he came to the plate, finishing the game 2-for-2 with his first Razorback homer, two RBI, three runs scored and two walks. Dominic Ficociello
went 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of RBI and two runs scored. Bo Bigham
and Matt Vinson
each had two hits with a RBI and a run scored. Tim Carver
finished with a 2-for-4 performance and a run scored.
A day after only giving up three hits, the Arkansas pitching staff limited the BYU offense to just five hits on Wednesday. Stephen Wells had the only RBI for the Cougars, while Kelton Caldwell, Wes Guenther, Jarrett Jarvis, Wells and Brock Whitney each had one hit.
BYU starter Desmond Poulson took the loss, giving up six runs on seven hits and striking out two in 3.2 innings.
Arkansas grabbed the early lead, scoring three times in the bottom of the first. Carver led off the game with a double to left center. After a walk to Bosco, a wild pitch moved each runner into scoring position. A walk to Ficociello loaded the bases. Sam Bates
drew a bases loaded walk to bring in the game’s first run. Matt Reynolds
brought in Bosco on a sacrifice fly to center field to put Arkansas in front 2-0. Vinson plated Ficociello with a single to right-center field to close the scoring in the inning.
The Razorbacks tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the second. With two outs, Bosco walked and was along for the ride on Ficociello’s first home run of the season, a two-run blast into the visitor’s bullpen behind the right field wall.
BYU scored its only run in the top of the third. Caldwell led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a groundout to second by Guenther. After Adam Law reached on a fielding error by Reynolds at third, Wells singled to center field, scoring Caldwell from second base.
The Razorbacks would score one run in each of the three middle innings. In the fourth, Bosco drove in a run with a single to right field, scoring Bigham. Bigham drove in the Razorback run in the fifth, scoring Vinson on a single to left-center field. Bosco was again responsible for the Arkansas run in the home half of the sixth as he led off the inning with a solo blast to the right of the batter’s eye in center field. The homer was his first as a member of the Razorbacks.
BYU would manage just one hit over the final three innings as the back of the Arkansas bullpen shut down the Cougars to preserve the win.
Arkansas travels away from Baum Stadium for the first time in 2012 this weekend as the Razorbacks will participate in the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park. Arkansas will face Texas Tech on Friday at 12:05 p.m., Houston on Saturday at 12:05 p.m. and No. 21 Texas on Sunday at 11:05 a.m.