FAYETTEVILLE – The top-ranked Arkansas baseball team posted a pair of shutouts on Tuesday as it swept a doubleheader from New Orleans. The Razorbacks won game one, 14-0, and completed the sweep with a 3-0 victory in game two of the twinbill.
With the two victories, the Razorbacks improve to 4-1, while the Privateers drop to 0-5 with the loss.
Tyler Spoon was Arkansas’ top offensive performer in the doubleheader, going 3-for-8 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. Matt Vinson also had three hits and scored a run, while Brian Anderson crossed home plate five times in the two games.
On the mound, six Arkansas pitchers combined to allow five hits in 16 shutout innings. The Razorbacks combined for 15 strikeouts over the two games.
Game 1 Recap
Arkansas put together its best offensive performance of the young season, while Colin Poche and Cade Lynch combined on a one-hit shutout as the Razorbacks defeated New Orleans, 14-0, in a run-rule shortened game.
The Razorbacks scored 10 runs in the first three innings of the game, including a five-run first inning. Eight of Arkansas’ nine starters had at least one hit in the win.
Jacob Mahan drove in a game-high four runs and went 3-for-5, while Tyler Spoon hit the first home run of his collegiate career and went 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Willie Schwanke also hit the first home run of his Razorback career and had three RBI and three runs scored. Brian Anderson scored four runs in the win.
On the mound, Poche made his collegiate debut and earned the win. The Flower Mound, Texas, native allowed just one hit and struck out six over his five innings. Lynch finished up the game by striking out three and throwing two shutout frames in his season debut.
New Orleans starter Daniel Martinez took the loss after giving up eight runs on eight hits in 1.2 innings.
At the plate, Dan Perkins managed the only hit of the game for the Privateers.
Arkansas wasted little time jumping on Martinez, putting together a five-run first inning. Vinson led off the inning with a single to left field. With one out, Spoon launched an opposite field home run over the wall in right field to put the Razorbacks in front 2-0. Eric Fisher followed with a single and back-to-back walks to Anderson and Schwanke loaded the bases with one out. Mahan drove in the third run of the inning on a groundout. A wild pitch scored Anderson and a two-out single by Brett McAfee plated Schwanke to close the scoring in the inning.
The Razorbacks continued the onslaught in the bottom of the second. Joe Serrano started the inning with a single and then took second on a wild pitch. Spoon drove in his third run of the game with a line drive single to center field, scoring Serrano. A one-out single by Anderson advanced Spoon to second. After a fly out by Schwanke, Mahan lined a single up the middle to score Spoon. A walk to Wise loaded the bases and a walk to McAfee scored Wise from third.
Arkansas added two more runs in the home half of the third. Serrano reached on a fielding error by the UNO third baseman to begin the inning. With one out, Fisher hit a ground ball to the shortstop, who tried to start a double play, but his throw to second was high and went down the right field line, allowing Fisher to reach and advancing Serrano to third. Anderson was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Schwanke, who drew a walk to score Serrano. Mahan brought home fisher with a RBI single through the right side of the infield to give Arkansas a 10-run lead.
The Razorbacks added two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. In the fifth, Mahan drove in a run on a RBI groundout and McAfee doubled to left center to score Schwanke. In the sixth, Schwanke launched a two-run homer over the bullpen in right field for the first home run of his collegiate career to close the scoring.
Game 2 Recap
Four Arkansas pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout as the Razorbacks completed a doubleheader sweep of New Orleans with a 3-0 victory.
Landon Simpson started on the mound for his first collegiate appearance and earned the victory, tossing three scoreless innings and allowing three hits. Colby Suggs, Michael Gunn and Jalen Beeks came in in relief of Simpson and preserved the shutout. Suggs tossed a hitless inning, while Gunn was sensational, striking out six and allowing just one hit in four innings. Beeks earned the first save of his Razorback career with a perfect ninth inning.
New Orleans starter Blake Prest took his first loss of the season after giving up a run on five hits and striking out one in five innings.
Matt Vinson had two hits to lead the Razorback offense in the game. Jake Wise drove in two runs and had a hit, while Gunn and Jacob Morris each had a hit and a run scored.
Arkansas got on the scoreboard first with a run in the bottom of the second. With one out, Gunn doubled to the gap in left center and came around to score on a two-out single up the middle by Wise.
The Razorbacks added another run in the bottom of the sixth. Brian Anderson walked to begin the inning and advanced to second on a ground out by Gunn. After Jordan Farris walked, each runner moved up a base on a wild pitch. Wise drove home Anderson with a RBI ground out to short to give Arkansas a 2-0 lead.
Arkansas plated its third run of the game in the seventh. Morris reached on a bunt single with one out and then stole second. Fisher walked with two out to put two runners on base. Morris and Fisher executed a double steal attempt and the throw to second by the UNO catcher went into center field, allowing Morris to score on the play.
Gunn and Beeks pitched the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, to seal the win and give Arkansas a doubleheader sweep.
Arkansas concludes its season-opening home stand this weekend with a three-game series vs. Evansville. Game times are set for 3:05 p.m. on Friday and 1:05 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Single-game tickets are $10 for reserved and $8 for general admission, while season tickets are $190 for adults and $140 for University of Arkansas staff, youth and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased by calling 1-800-982-HOGS (4647) or by visiting the online ticket center at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.