Razorbacks stay hot, roll past Tide to open series
HOOVER, AL (U of A) – The No. 23 University of Arkansas baseball team (27-18, 12-10) used a career outing from Trey Killian to roll past Alabama (23-22, 8-14) 5-1 Thursday evening at the Hoover Met.
Killian was dominate on the mound, tossing 6.1 innings and giving up just one run, while adding a career-high tying nine strikeouts. He struck out six of the first nine outs he recorded and cruised to his fourth quality start of the year.
With Arkansas leading 2-1 in the seventh, Michael Bernal broke the game wide open, following a Brett McAfee double with a two-run blast to left field for his fourth home run of the year to make it 4-1. Chad Spanberger was inches away from his first collegiate home run in the ninth, but was robbed at the fence and the sacrifice fly gave the Razorbacks a 5-1 victory.
Zach Jackson, the newest member of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, came on in the seventh inning and worked 2.1 scoreless innings with five strikeouts to earn his fifth save of the year.
Andrew Benintendi continues to swing a red hot bat, going 2-for-4 with a double and run scored, while McAfee and Bernal added two hits apiece and scored two runs.
Arkansas will go for its sixth consecutive SEC series win Friday evening with first pitch slated for 6 p.m. on SEC Network. Dominic Taccolini will get the start on the mound.