BERKELEY, Calif. – The No. 24 Arkansas baseball team (7-3) fell 2-1 to San Francisco (6-6) on Friday afternoon at Evans Diamond on the campus of the University of California in the first game of the Cal Baseball Classic.
Junior right-handed pitcher Jalen Beeks
(3-1) threw a complete game on the mound and was efficient all afternoon, facing the minimum in eight of nine innings and pitching seven perfect innings. He gave up four hits and two runs, with just one earned, on 110 pitches, including 75 strikes. The team captain from Prairie Grove also tied his single-game career high with six strikeouts, the third time in four starts this season he has punched out six. Beeks has allowed just two earned runs in 26.2 innings pitched this season, an ERA of 0.68.
San Francisco scored both of its runs in the top of the fourth inning. After a leadoff single, sacrifice bunt and another single, the Dons added a third single to score the first run but the runner on first was thrown out trying to get to third. Consecutive singles and a throwing error to move one runner to third scored the second run before a strikeout to end the inning. Arkansas scored its run in the sixth when Krisjon Wilkerson
hit a two-out double down the right-field line to score Tyler Spoon
from first. The Razorbacks threatened again in the eighth, but a diving stop by the second baseman behind the bag robbed Wilkerson of another RBI and ended the inning.
Spoon led the Razorbacks at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance, tying his single-game career high for hits, and one run scored. Wilkerson’s double was the only extra-base hit of the game for either team.
Arkansas continues play at the Cal Baseball Classic on Saturday against Tulane. The Razorbacks and Green Wave are set for a 3:30 p.m. CT first pitch.
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Coach Van Horn Quotes
Head Coach Dave Van Horn (on LHP-Jalen Beeks)
– “He pitched well enough to win. He had one inning where he got into trouble and made a mistake with two outs, and that was one of the few mistakes he made. We didn’t back him up very well with the offense. It goes back to putting together some timely hits."
Head Coach Dave Van Horn (on Friday’s game)
– “We only scored one run and had a couple of opportunities. They got a big two-out hit to score their second run. We couldn’t get the big two-out hit. They made a great play in the eighth. The ball was hit hard up the middle and the pitcher got just enough of his glove on it to knock it down to the second baseman, who made an incredibly nice diving play. That’s the way it goes. We had a couple of other opportunities and we didn’t do much. It was a disappointing day for us offensively, and we need to get it going."
• Jalen Beeks
pitched Arkansas’ first complete game since June 5, 2011, when Ryne Stanek
threw a complete game vs. Charlotte in the NCAA Tempe Regional.
• Jalen Beeks
threw a career-high 9.0 innings. His previous single-game long outing was 6.0 innings, which he did in a win vs. Appalachian State and a victory vs. South Alabama earlier this season.
• Jalen Beeks
recorded the 50th strikeout of his career with his fifth strikeout of the game, which came in the fifth inning. Beeks ended the game with 51 career strikeouts.
• Tyler Spoon
’s three hits tied his single-game career high. Spoon has recorded three hits in a game six times, most recently May 23, 2013, vs. LSU in the SEC Tournament.
• Arkansas was hit by a pitch in the first inning, extending the Razorbacks’ SEC-leading total to 24 through the first 10 games this season. The Razorbacks have had at least one hit by pitch in nine games this season and multiple hit by pitches in seven games. Arkansas was hit by a pitch 36 times in 61 games last season.
How They Scored
• Arkansas 0, San Francisco 1; Top 4th: Zack Turner singled to left field to score Nico Giarratano from second base.
• Arkansas 0, San Francisco 2; Top 4th: Bob Cruikshank singled to center field to score Zack Turner from third base.