FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The sixth-ranked Arkansas baseball team completed the doubleheader sweep of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Sunday afternoon with a 28-2 mauling of the Panthers in front of 4,794 fans at Baum Stadium.
The 28 runs were the fourth-most in school history and the most since scoring 30 runs at South Carolina on March 30, 1997. The Hogs also pounded out 22 hits, which was the most since collecting 25 hits at Centenary on March 23, 2005. UA scored runs in every inning except the second and batted around in the order four times in eight at bats.
The Hogs improved to 6-2 with the win while Wisconsin-Milwaukee falls to 0-2.
Brad Secrist led the way at the plate with a 5-for-7 performance in his first career start, five runs scored and three RBI. His five runs scored were the most since Scott Crossett and Jack Welsh scored five runs each against Centenary on March 1, 2000. The five hits were the most since Clint Arnold collected five hits on May 22, 2005.
Secrist was not the only freshman to have a big game at the plate with shortstop Tim Smalling going 4 for 6 with four runs scored and two RBI. Jeff Nutt and Jacob Julius led the way with five RBI apiece. Julius hit the game’s only home run with two-run shot in the third inning.
Casey Coon doubled and drove in three runs in the game to finish with five hits and eight RBI in Sunday’s doubleheader.
Duke Welker (2-0) earned the win on the mound, allowing just two runs on two hits over five innings. He fanned six and issued four walks. Shaun Seibert came in out of the bullpen and worked four-scoreless innings, striking out six and walking two.
UWM starter Dan Luczak (0-1) took the loss, giving up nine run on six hits in two innings. He walked seven and struck out three. The Panthers used six pitchers in the game and issued 14 walks.
Arkansas won the first game of the doubleheader, 8-3, with Coon going 4 for 4 with five RBI.
The Razorbacks and Panthers will conclude the three-game series on Monday at 1:05 p.m.