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Jackson's performance carries Hogs over Kentucky

(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)

Lexington, KY (UofA) – The Arkansas baseball team earned the series win over No. 12 Kentucky Saturday afternoon after, yet, another great performance on the mound by the Hog pitching staff and some timely hits by the offense. Zach Jackson went a complete seven innings in the first game of Saturday’s double-header, helping Arkansas (25-15, 7-11) get the 2-0 victory.

Clark Eagan’s solo home run in the 5th of game two broke a 3-3 tie and looked to be what was going to push Arkansas over the top for the sweep, but the Wildcats (24-15, 10-8) rallied for two runs in the seventh and final inning to take the 5-4 victory.

Eagan finished game two with two hits, his second multiple-hit game of the series and his home run was his first since Feb. 28 against No. 23 Texas Tech in the Houston College Classic. The Wisconsin-native now has three home runs on the year and leads the team with 50 hits, compiling a .316 batting average.

Just one day after the dominating performance from junior pitcher Dominic Taccolini, Jackson followed suit with his own near spotless performance, striking out a career-high eight batters and allowing just two hits in a career-long outing. It was his third win of the year and first for him as a starter this season.

Luke Bonfield’s RBI double in the fourth was all Arkansas needed in the first game. Chad Spanberger followed with an RBI groundout for insurance.

With the seven-inning shutout for Jackson and the scoreless first inning by Keaton McKinney, Hog pitchers held opponents to no runs over 21-straight innings, going back to the Creighton game on Tuesday.

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