The No. 4 Razorbacks (19-2, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) swept the Crimson Tide in both teams' conference series opener and improved their win streak to nine games.
"We felt if we could get the lead and be aggressive, it would put a lot more pressure on them," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said.
"It's about being aggressive and hitting pitches that are in the zone. most of those early hits were right up the middle and we emphasized that the last few days in batting practice."
"I thought we hit the ball really well," Van Horn said. "We were playing with a monsoon blowing straight in. We had a couple that would have gone out of the park had it not been for the wind, but we did a good job."
Matt Reynolds, Sam Bates and Matt Vinson all had RBIs in the first inning to give Arkansas a 3-0 lead. The Razorbacks added another run when Dominic Ficociello hit into a double play in the second, and two more in the third on a fielder's choice and throwing error.
Alabama (8-12, 0-3) committed three errors on Sunday, while the Razorbacks committed none. In addition, Arkansas made several nice defensive plays, including a double play to strand a runner in scoring position in the third inning and multiple one-hop picks by Ficociello at first base.
"We made some really nice plays," Van Horn said. "We took care of the baseball. We had a couple of diving plays, picks out of the dirt, a couple of nice backhands by our middle infielders and just really did a nice job there.
"That was the difference in the game."
Alabama cut the lead to 6-3 on RBIs by Hunter Gregory and Jared Reaves in the fifth inning. The Crimson Tide chased Arkansas starting pitcher Randall Fant in the frame, marking the third time in four starts this season Fant was pulled in the fifth.
The left-hander pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and striking out four. Pitching his first game in two weeks, Nolan Sanburn picked up the win by throwing 2 2/3 innings of relief.
"It's easier to pitch when you have guys that are making plays behind you," Sanburn said. "Plays on any ball or anything behind you in the field are going to be made."
Cade Lynch and Barrett Astin each pitched one scoreless inning apiece to close the game. Astin, who threw 3 1/3 innings in a win Friday, earned his sixth save overall and third in the last five games.
In 20 innings on the mound this season, Astin has not allowed a run.
"He knew today with the wind blowing in and a three-run lead, just let them hit it," Van Horn said. "He got three outs on five pitches.
"He's had a good week. We'll probably get him some down time this week and get him ready for next weekend."
The Razorbacks are scheduled to host Nevada in a two-game midweek series beginning Tuesday, but that series could be interrupted because of expected heavy rains. Van Horn said Arkansas, which is on spring break this week, wouldn't be opposed to playing a doubleheader if needed on Wednesday.