The Hogs took advantage of a school record 19 walks. Hellbusch had five RBI on a busy night. The freshman from Deer Creek, Okla., started the night as the designated hitter, but caught the final two innings.
The Hogs (12-5) were awarded six bases loaded walks. Alabama A&M's Bulldogs (2-16) sent four pitchers to the mound with few of them finding the strike zone. That quartet combined to throw 234 pitches in just eight innings. Many of them bounced to the plate.
"We did a good job of taking our walks," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "I didn't know we had that many. We made them throw strikes and they were having a hard time."
Freshman hitting star Tyler Spoon went hitless in seven plate appearances. He entered the game with hits in his first 16 games. He popped out in the eighth to see his hitting streak end. He did have three RBI, a sacrifice fly and two bases loaded walks.
Perhaps the most significant news of the night was a start by second baseman Dominic Ficociello, his first since the trip to Arizona. He's been battling an oblique injury sustained in preseason. He's still been unable to swing from the left side. He batted righthanded even against righthanded pitchers against A&M.
Freshmen infielders Willie Schwanke and Jordan Farris each had three hits to lead a 14-hit Arkansas attack.
"Our freshmen hitters had a good night," Van Horn said. "Hellbusch has swung it good against lefthanders. He had a hit against the Gonzaga lefty. Some of our young guys have done well when they've had the opportunity."
Van Horn substituted liberally, but left Spoon in for the duration to let him to try to extend his hitting streak.
"Tyler didn't get many strikes to swing at," Van Horn said. "He's aggressive and he wasn't given much tonight."
Ficociello said it was the first time he went right against right since early in his high school days.
"It's good to be back," he said. "I felt pretty good. I was seeing it well, but I was just a little off.
"I felt comfortable even against righthanders, something I haven't done in awhile. I might have done it once or twice my freshman year in high school and I don't even remember why."
Ficociello isn't sure when he can swing lefty.
"When?" he said. "Honestly, I don't have an answer. It's definitely not something I want to rush. Thats what I did a week ago when we got back from Arizona.
"The last thing I want to do is hurt it again and miss a lot of time. I will listen to the doctors, trainers and Coach Van Horn."
Arkansas and Alabama A&M meet again Wednesday at 3:05 p.m.
Reliever Thomas Altimont, the third UA pitcher, got the victory, his first decision. Freshman Colin Poche started, but left after walking in one run in the second inning. Landon Simpson pitched the last three innings to earn his first save.
Isaac Hellbusch is greeted at home plate after a home run.
Willie Schwanke had three hits and walked twice.
Dominic Ficociello returned to the lineup with two RBI on a sacrifice fly and a ground out.
Tyler Spoon didn't see many strikes in a walk-filled night.