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No. 24 @RazorbackBSB Shuts Out Tulane

No. 24 @RazorbackBSB Shuts Out Tulane
BERKELEY, Calif. — The No. 24 Arkansas baseball team (8-3) blanked Tulane (9-4) 4-0 on Saturday afternoon at Evans Diamond on the campus of the University of California during the second day of the Cal Baseball Classic.
Freshman right-handed pitcher Zach Jackson (1-0) earned the win after a career-long, 3.2-inning outing in relief. The Berryhill, Okla., native struck out two while allowing three hits and no runs. Jackson has thrown 12.1 innings this season over four appearances without allowing an earned run. Junior right hander Jacob Stone earned his first save as a Razorback. Stone finished the final 2.1 innings after being called from the bullpen with two runners on and two outs in the seventh inning. Left-handed pitcher Colin Poché made his first start of the season and allowed just one hit in 3.0 shutout innings.
Junior Joe Serrano drove in three of Arkansas’ runs. The Tucson, Ariz., native knocked in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the fifth inning and added another RBI on a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Michael Bernal scored two runs, and Jake Wise scored the other run and led the Razorbacks with two hits during the game.
Arkansas wraps up the Cal Baseball Classic schedule Sunday with a doubleheader against host Cal. Game one begins at 3 p.m. CT.
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Coach Van Horn Quotes
Head Coach Dave Van Horn (on Saturday’s game) — “We did a good job of getting some runners on and setting up some situations. We had a nice hit-and-run that worked, a sacrifice fly, and we laid down a sacrifice bunt and the runner ended up getting driven in later in that inning. We just did a tremendous job. We responded after not playing very well yesterday. I’m proud of the guys. They played hard."
Head Coach Dave Van Horn (on RHP-Zach Jackson) — “He did a tremendous job. He’s young and has great stuff. He has a sinking fastball in the low-90s, a plus breaking ball and a plus change-up, and he had to use them all. He threw enough strikes to get them to chase a few. He ran out of gas a little at the end. We had him up a couple of times (in the bullpen) during yesterday’s game. He’s just learning how to be a reliever, and he probably ran out of gas a little bit sooner than normal. We’re proud of him."
Game Notes

The Razorbacks registered their first shutout since May 17, 2013, when Arkansas won 1-0 at Auburn.

Tulane was shut out for the first time since April 7, 2013, at Southern Miss, a span of 36 games.

Arkansas relief pitchers have thrown 27.2 consecutive scoreless innings without allowing an earned run, a streak that stretches back to the eighth inning vs. Eastern Illinois on Feb. 22. Zach Jackson and Jacob Stone combined for 6.0 shutout innings Saturday.

Zach Jackson bettered his single-game career-long outing with 3.2 innings pitched, surpassing the 3.0 innings he had recorded twice, the last time Feb. 23 vs. Eastern Illinois.

Zach Jackson earned the first win of his Razorback career.

Jacob Stone set single-game career highs in innings pitched and strikeouts with three punchouts over 2.1 innings pitched. His previous longest outing was 1.2 innings vs. Eastern Illinois on Feb. 23, and his highest strikeout total was one, last done vs. South Alabama on March 1.

Jacob Stone recorded his first save as a Razorback.

Michael Bernal was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning, extending the Razorbacks’ SEC-leading total to 25 through the first 11 games this season. The Razorbacks have had at least one hit by pitch in 10 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 1, Tulane 0; Top 2nd: Brett McAfee doubled to left-center field to score Brian Anderson from second base.

Arkansas 3, Tulane 0; Top 5th: Joe Serrano singled to left field to score Michael Bernal from third base and Jake Wise from second base.

Arkansas 4, Tulane 0; Top 7th: Joe Serrano hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Michael Bernal from third base.

Download: Arkansas Game 11 Box Score.pdf

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