FAYETTEVILLE - The No. 24 Arkansas baseball team (7-2) dropped both games of its doubleheader Saturday against South Alabama (5-5) at Baum Stadium. The first game was 2-1 in favor of the Jaguars, with game two ending 5-3.
Junior right-handed pitcher Chris Oliver started game one of the twin bill and threw 5.0 innings allowing just one run on four hits while striking out three. Freshman right hander Zach Jackson (0-1) took the loss in game one after 2.2 no-hit innings. Jackson allowed one unearned run and recorded three strikeouts. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Trey Killian (0-1) made his season debut as the starter in game two and was given the loss after allowing four runs on five hits with two strikeouts in 2.2 innings.
Joe Serrano, Krisjon Wilkerson and Brett McAfee each recorded three hits between the two games. McAfee drove in the Razorbacks' only run of game one with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth. Tyler Spoon and Andrew Benintendi accounted for the runs in the second game as Spoon laced a two-RBI triple in the bottom of the fifth and Benintendi logged a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth after the Razorbacks loaded the bases courtesy of two hit by pitches and one walk.
Arkansas is scheduled to conclude its season-opening 10-game home stand with a Monday matinee against IPFW. First pitch is set for 3:05 p.m.
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Coach Van Horn Quotes
Head Coach Dave Van Horn (on relief pitchers) - "To me, the positive of the day was some of the young pitchers, guys like Zach Jackson who came in and threw the ball extremely well. We're just trying to get those guys that have really good stuff a little more experience. I made a comment to them after the game that they're moving up the ladder."
Head Coach Dave Van Horn (on today's games) - "We had our opportunities, but they got us to chase the ball down in the zone with runners on and we hit into a couple of double plays on balls we probably shouldn't have swung at. Give credit to them, they did a great job. We had a lot of runners out there and sometimes that's just the way the game works. We're still a work in progress. We've got to do a better job in some situations."
The Razorbacks' relief pitchers threw 10.1 innings Saturday without allowing an earned run. Zach Jackson, Jacob Stone and Michael Gunn pitched in relief in game one and Colin Poché, Jackson Lowery and Landon Simpson came out of the bullpen in game two.
During the series, nine Arkansas relief pitchers did not allow an earned run in 13.1 innings pitched.
Arkansas was hit by a pitch twice during game two Saturday, extending the Razorbacks' SEC-leading total to 23 through the first nine games this season. The Razorbacks have had at least one hit by pitch in eight games this season and multiple hit by pitches in seven games. Arkansas was hit by a pitch 36 times in 61 games last season.
Brian Anderson made his 100th collegiate start in game one Saturday.
Joe Serrano extended his reached-base streak to nine games with two hits in game one and one hit in game two. Serrano is the only Razorback to reach base in all nine games this season.
Joe Serrano led Arkansas with a .538 batting average and four RBI during the series.
How They Scored
Arkansas 0, South Alabama 1; Top 3rd: Matt Wojciechowski singled up the middle to score Cameron Cummings from third base.
Arkansas 0, South Alabama 3; Top 3rd: Erik Hindmon doubled to center field to score Hayden Jones from second base and Matt Wojciechowski from first base.
Arkansas 0, South Alabama 4; Top 3rd: Cole Gleason singled to left field to score Erik Hindmon from third base.
Arkansas 2, South Alabama 4; Bottom 5th: Tyler Spoon tripled to center field to score Bobby Wernes from third base and Joe Serrano from second base.
Arkansas 2, South Alabama 5; Top 6th: Drew LaBounty scored from third base on an error.
Arkansas 3, South Alabama 5; Bottom 9th: Andrew Benintendi hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Krisjon Wilkerson from third base.