The Razorbacks (13-5) won their sixth straight game with a strong collective pitching performance from seven different pitchers. Arkansas allowed only two hits and struck out 13 in its fourth shutout of the season.
Chris Oliver earned the win by pitching three innings on a predetermined pitch count. The sophomore allowed just one hit and struck out five in his first start. Tyler Wright and Colby Suggs each pitched more than one inning, while Trent Daniel, Michael Gunn, Jalen Beeks and Barrett Astin recorded two outs apiece.
Arkansas took a 2-0 first inning lead on sacrifice flies from Tyler Spoon and Michael Gunn. Leading 4-0, the Razorbacks blew the game open with a five-run fifth.
Thirteen position players logged playing time, with 10 recording at least one hit. Brian Anderson led Arkansas with four hits. The Razorbacks scored 20 runs in a win over the Bulldogs (2-17) on Tuesday.
Arkansas, ranked No. 15 nationally, will open Southeastern Conference play Friday night with the first game of a three-game home series against No. 6 Ole Miss. Freshman right-hander Trey Killian will start the conference opener on the mound against the Rebels at Baum Stadium.
Killian, the reigning SEC freshman of the week, has thrown 21 innings this season, striking out 22 and walking just one. He threw seven innings without allowing a hit in a start last Saturday against San Diego State, but was taken out of the game because of a pitch count.
In four appearances, Killian has a 0.86 earned run average. The Mountain Home native will be matched up against Rebels junior right-hander Bobby Wahl, who is 4-0 this season with a 1.99 ERA. Wahl was a preseason all-American and played for the USA Collegiate National Team last summer.
Senior left-hander Randall Fant will start Saturday and junior right-hander Ryne Stanek on Sunday for the Razorbacks (13-5), which have won six straight games. Ole Miss is 17-1 this season and will face Louisiana-Monroe tonight at home.
Brett McAfee makes a play at shortstop.
Brian Anderson went almost to the line to make this clean play and throw for the out.
Colby Suggs went just over one inning.
Joe Serrano digs for first after a single.
Photos by Marc F. Henning, Hawgs Illustrated