FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Five Arkansas pitchers combined for the Razorbacks’ second shutout of the weekend as No. 4 Arkansas completed a three-game sweep of Binghamton with a 6-0 win in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday at Baum Stadium.
After the sweep, Arkansas is 14-2 on the season, while Binghamton falls to 0-6.
The Razorbacks posted their third shutout of the season and second of the weekend. Arkansas last posted two shutouts in a weekend series February 18-20, 2011, when the Razorbacks blanked Delaware State twice.
started for Arkansas and earned his first win of the season, striking out four and allowing four hits in six scoreless innings. The Razorback bullpen handled the rest with Ty Wright
, Colby Suggs
, Michael Gunn
and Barrett Astin
combining to throw three scoreless innings.
Binghamton starter Jake Lambert was saddled with his second loss of the season. Lambert allowed three runs on six hits and fanned two in six innings.
and Joe Serrano
each recorded two hits to lead Arkansas offensively. Bigham scored twice and added a RBI, while Serrano also drove in a run. Tim Carver
extended his hitting streak to 13 games, going 1-for-2 with a run scored. Carver has also reached base in all 16 games this season.
Shaun McGraw had a pair of hits to pace the Binghamton offense. Bill Bereszniewicz and Zach Blanded also had one hit for the Bearcats.
Arkansas grabbed the lead with a run in the bottom of the first. Carver was hit by a pitch to start the inning and moved to second on a bunt single by Serrano. A ground out by Dominic Ficociello
moved the runners to second and third. Jacob Mahan
then grounded out to second to score Carver.
The Razorbacks stretched the lead to 2-0 with a run in the bottom of the third. Brian Anderson
reached on a hit by pitch to begin the frame and advanced to third on a single to right-center by Carver, who was thrown out at second trying to stretch his single into a double. A bunt single up the first base line by Serrano brought Anderson across home plate for Arkansas’ second run of the game.
Arkansas again tallied a single run in the home half of the fourth. Bigham led off the inning by reaching on an infield single and then stole second base. With one out, Jake Wise
drew a walk to put runners at first and second. A double steal moved the runners to second and third. Jacob Morris
plated Bigham with a sacrifice fly to center field to put the Razorbacks in front 3-0.
The Razorbacks doubled their lead with three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Carver was hit by a pitch to start the inning and moved to second on a stolen base. A ground out to short by Serrano advanced Carver to third. Ficociello then drew a walk and advanced to second on a passed ball. Mahan hit a chopper back to the pitcher, who caught Carver in a run down and threw him out at home for the first out of the inning. Bigham drove in Ficociello with an infield single between shortstop and third base. Mahan, who was running on the play, reached third on the throw to first by the Binghamton shortstop. A walk to Matt Vinson
loaded the bases with two out. Wise brought home Mahan with a single to right field. A wild pitch scored Bigham from third base for the third run of the inning.
Arkansas continues its home stand Tuesday and Wednesday with a two-game series against Gonzaga. Game times are set for 6:05 p.m. on Tuesday and 3:05 p.m. on Wednesday. Tuesday’s game will be televised by CST. General admission tickets for Tuesday’s game are available for just $5 when fans purchase the tickets online using the new print at home feature. Fans can use the promo code “PRINTATHOME” to receive this special offer.