Through the first three games, no one is questioning the No. 4 Razorbacks' ability to score runs.
Arkansas scored at least one run in the first five innings Sunday and easily beat Villanova 17-1 at Baum Stadium in a game stopped during the eighth inning because of curfew. The win capped a three-game series sweep in which the Razorbacks outscored the Wildcats 41-7.
"You never know what's going to happen offensively at the beginning of the season," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "We felt like we could swing the bat and have options. Seventeen different hitters got to hit. We have a lot of competition amongst the players to get at-bats.
"It was real nice."
Sam Bates' two-run home run - his second in as many games - gave the Razorbacks a four-run cushion after Bo Bigham, Jacob Mahan and Dominic Ficociello reached on singles. Mahan's hit scored Bigham and he scored moments later on a pair of throwing errors following Ficociello's first hit of the season.
Bates, who missed a considerable amount of time last season with mononucleosis, finished the weekend 5-for-9 at the plate with 9 RBIs. As a team, Arkansas recorded 43 hits in its first three games from 14 different players.
"As a unit we just put good approaches together the whole weekend," Bates said. "We were patient at the plate and really fed off each other."
The Razorbacks recorded 17 hits on Sunday and led 15-0 after the fifth inning. Jake Wise's two-run home run on the final pitch of the game capped the scoring. The game was called after 3 hours, 10 minutes because of a travel curfew for the opposing Wildcats.
Barrett Astin didn't give up a hit in five innings on the mound Sunday. The sophomore right-hander struck out seven batters and walked three.
All of Astin's walks came in the third inning, but he worked around his only trouble by striking out Villanova left fielder Matt Fleishman, who hit a grand slam Friday.
"The one inning where he got a little wild, we haven't really seen that in him," Van Horn said of his starter. "For a split-second he lost a little confidence and wasn't really letting it go. He had to face their best hitter and he really showed us something by going and getting him, and getting us back to the dugout.
"I thought Barrett had tremendous stuff. The first couple of innings he was hitting his spots and had a lot of movement on his pitches."
Arkansas reliever Trent Daniel gave up the first hit in the sixth inning and Jeff Harvill allowed Villanova's only run in the seventh.
Freshman left-hander Michael Gunn finished the game with 1 2/3 innings on the mound, allowing one hit and striking out two batters.
The Razorbacks never trailed during the three-game series, which provided Van Horn an opportunity to play 29 players on the 35-man roster.
"We haven't been in any stressful situations," Van Horn said. "Those are coming and we know it, so this was kind of nice to go play somebody else.
"I'm real pleased with the weekend. It probably couldn't have gone any better."
Arkansas will host Northwestern State on Tuesday in the first of a two-game midweek series. The first pitch for that game is scheduled to be thrown at 3:05 p.m.
Sophomore right-hander Brandon Moore will start for the Razorbacks on Tuesday, while freshman right-hander Greg Milhorn will get the Wednesday start on the mound.