Junior reliever Brandon Moore (1-0) put up three goose eggs while the Arkansas offense clicked into high gear to open the three-game set with the Purple Aces.
"Brandon did a tremendous job of slowing down the game," said Dave Van Horn, UA coach. "Stanek was wild. It wasn't a good outing. We brought in a different kind of pitcher to consistently throw strikes and to slow the game down.
"More got some quick innings and was our MVP on the mound today. The way the game was going, we were in trouble. But he's been that guy for us, someone who can do a little bit of everything for us."
The Hogs, 5-1, spurted away when Spoon drove home two with a single and was credited with another RBI when he ran his way into the third out of the inning, but stayed in a rundown just long enough for Joe Serrano to scoot home.
Farris, true freshman from Ventura, Calif., set the final score when he blasted a hanging breaking ball into the bullpen in left for a three-run homer in the seventh.
Stanek got a no decision after three innings with poor location. Temperatures at game time were at 35 degrees, but later warmed to 39. He gave up two runs in the second and was lifted after 76 pitches. He threw 51 in the first two innings. He picked a runner off second -- a play called by Wise -- to help avoid serious trouble in the first.
"It was cold, but he grew up in Kansas City and he's dealt with it before," Van Horn said. "He's started slow the last two years. We just want him to get through it the next two weeks and get ready for SEC play. He's got to get command. We had a meeting and talked about location, but that didn't work.
"He'll be fine. He's healthy. It's just a matter of time until he breaks out."
The Purple Aces took a 2-0 lead on a Kevin Kaczmarski single in the top of the second, but the Razorbacks tied the game when Jake Wise hit a two-run home run in the bottom half of the inning.
Wise, who finished with three hits, gave Arkansas the lead on a RBI single in the fourth and scored on a passed ball to extend the advantage to 4-2.
Two runners scored on Spoon's single and Joe Serrano added another run when Spoon was caught in an inning-ending rundown between first and second base. Evansville added two runs in the top of seventh to pull within 7-4 before Farris' first career home run.
Farris got his first start at second base. He took over for Jacob Mahan, who has played while Dominic Ficociello mends an injured muscle.
"Jacob has been swinging the bat, but we wanted to get him in there with a little more athletic ability," Van Horn said about the former wideout. "Farris is still raw. He was a football guy and we didn't get on him until April. A lot of people thought he was going to play football. That was a big home run."
Moore earned the win by pitching 3 2/3 innings of relief. The right-hander allowed one earned run on four hits and struck out two.
Jalen Beeks added 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief and Chris Oliver recorded the final three outs. Arkansas (5-1) combined to record 11 strikeouts.
Evansville (1-3) dropped its third consecutive game after a season-opening win at Arkansas-Little Rock last Friday. Purple Aces starter Kyle Freeland was handed the loss after allowing four runs on seven hits in five innings. The left-hander struck out five.
The teams will play in the second of the three-game series on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. Right-hander Barrett Astin will start the game on the mound for Arkansas.