FAYETTEVILLE (ArkansasRazorbacks.com) – 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."