The Arkansas Razorbacks improved to 12-2 on the season after taking a three-game series sweep ofBinghamton(0-6). The Hogs completed a double header Saturday winning both games- 5-3, 6-0.
D.J. Baxendale took the mound for the Hogs in the first game on Saturday throwing 5.0 innings, striking out three, walked one, and gave up three runs, two earned. Baxendale earned his third win of the season and his seventh straight dating back to the 2011 season.
Relief pitcher Brandon Moore completed four innings of work to earn his first save of the season. He only allowed one hit while striking out five.
Arkansas Head Coach Dave Van Horn’s move of second baseman/shortstop Tim Carver to the top of the order has continued to pay dividends for the Hogs’ offense. Carver went 2-4 with two doubles, and two runs in the opening game on Saturday.
Carver’s first inning double became a RBI for third baseman Matt Reynolds when Reynolds hit his third homerun of the season to give the Hogs an early 2-1 lead.
Left fielder Sam Bates (5) and right fielder Jimmy Bosco (2) both went yard for the Hogs in game two of the Bearcats series.
In Saturday’s second game Randall Fant earned his first win of the season when he shutdown Binghamton for six innings allowing no earned runs while scattering four hits. Four relievers combined to throw three scoreless innings to preserve the Razorback sweep- Ty Wright, Colby Suggs, Michael Gunn, and Barrett Astin.
Carver extended his hitting streak to 13 games in the series finale. He also stole his eighth base of the season and picked up his 12th run scored on the year.
Left fielder Joe Serrano and second baseman Bo Bingham both collected two hits in pacing the Hogs’ to eight total hits in game three of the series.
Dominic Ficociello was back at first base for the Hogs after sitting out the early day game. Fic went 1-3 with a run scored and 13 putouts on the field without an error.
The Bearcats pitching became erratic in the final game when two pitchers (Lambert and Palumbo) hit three different Razorback players a total of four times- Carver (2), Brian Anderson, and Jacob Morris.
The Hogs opened the first three games of their 10-game home stand by shutting out the Bearcats twice.
Arkansas takes on Gonzaga March 13-14 before starting conference play against Alabama March 16-18.