The No. 4 Razorbacks hit three home runs in a 5-3 win over Binghamton in the first game of a doubleheader, then used superb pitching to shut down the Bearcats 6-0 in the final game. Arkansas, which also recorded a shutout on Friday, swept the series.
After hitting seven home runs in the series' first two games, the Razorbacks (14-2) manufactured runs to complete the sweep. Arkansas scored one run in each the first, third and fourth innings before a three-run seventh put the game out of reach.
"The first two games of the series, we drove in all of our runs with home runs," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "The second game today was a different type of lineup. It was more of a line-drive, bunt, hit-and-run type of lineup with the exception of a couple of guys.
Arkansas scored runs on a fielder's choice, bunt and sacrifice fly to build a 3-0 lad on Binghamton starter Jake Lambert. The Razorbacks then scored three runs off reliever Mark Palumbo in the seventh on RBI hits from Bo Bigham and Jake Wise, and Bigham later scored on a wild pitch.
"The last game, we kind of just tried to get people on base, move them around, bunt, run," said Arkansas shortstop Tim Carver, who finished the doubleheader 3-for-6 and extended his hit streak to 13 games, "whatever we could to get the offense rolling."
Randall Fant pitched six scoreless innings to earn his first win of the season in the series finale. The junior left-hander allowed just four hits and struck out four batters after struggling in his previous two starts this season.
Ty Wright, Colby Suggs and Michael Gunn each pitched 2/3 innings in relief before Barrett Astin recorded the final three outs in the ninth inning. None of the Razorbacks' relievers gave up a hit to the Bearcats (0-6).
"We decided to run the game from about the sixth inning on like we would run a game that was really tight by matching up against right-handed batters and bringing in lefties to get lefties out," Van Horn said. "They all did a good job."
Arkansas needed just two pitchers in the first game of the twinbill on Saturday, despite DJ Baxendale struggling early.
Baxendale and the Razorbacks fell behind 1-0 in the first inning, but Matt Reynolds' two-run home run gave Arkansas a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the inning.
Sam Bates followed one at-bat later with a solo shot of his own, marking the second time in as many games the Razorbacks had back-to-back home runs.
After Binghamton scored a run to tie the game 3-3 in the top of the fifth, Jimmy Bosco hit a two-run home run in the bottom half of the inning to give Arkansas the final margin.
The Razorbacks scored their first nine runs of the series on home runs.
"We have some power and we know that, but we can't always rely on that," Van Horn said. "It's good to see and I'm happy for those guys. They get a good pitch to hit drive it out of the park. All coaches like doubles and home runs."
The bats bailed out Baxendale, who picked up his seventh straight win on the mound without his best outing. Arkansas' junior right-hander threw five innings, allowing three runs on six hits, and striking out three batters.
"There were a couple of jams I got in to. I thought I did OK and the defense made some plays behind me," Baxendale said. "The hitters really swung the bat and got us the lead."
Brandon Moore took over in the sixth inning and earned the save. Moore pitched four shutout innings, allowing just one hit and striking out five batters.
"Brandon did a good job," Baxendale said. "He came in and immediately started pounding the zone. He was able to get them off-speed with the change-up and mixed in some sliders. He did a great job today."