COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Tyler Spoon drove home five runs with three hits and Brian Anderson homered as Arkansas -- with nine runs in the fourth inning -- smacked No. 6 South Carolina, 15-3, to open an SEC baseball series Friday night.
No. 17 Arkansas (15-7, 2-2) rode the starting pitching of Barrett Astin to a 9-0 lead and broke out with 13 hits. It was the most runs in an SEC game for the Hogs since scoring 17 on Easter three years ago against Kentucky. Carolina (18-4, 2-2) scored all of its runs in the sixth.
Spoon now has 31 RBI on the season. He said the fourth inning was a matter "of not settling. We just stayed patient and kept driving in runs."
Spoon said the key for the Hogs will be not to focus on the victory Friday night. He doesn't want to consider it a break-out performance, just one victory.
Arkansas broke the game open with a nine-run fourth. The first two runs of the inning scored on back-to-back bases loaded walks. Morris then drove home a pair with a ground-rule double to the left-center field alley to make it 4-0. A wild pitch scored the fifth run of the inning and Spoon drove in his first two runs of the game with a single to left. Anderson capped the scoring in the inning with his first home run of the season, a two-run blast over the wall in left field to make it 9-0.
Arkansas retooled its infield for the trip to Columbia, starting Anderson at short, Jacob Mahan at third, Dominic Ficociello at second and Willie Schwanke at first.
Arkansas responded with five runs in the top of the seventh. With the bases loaded and two out, Mahan hit a liner back to the mound that hit off South Carolina pitcher Joel Seddon and went into left field, scoring a pair of runs. Spoon then followed later in the inning with his second two-RBI single of the game and the fifth run of the inning scored on a fielding error.
Mahan had two hits, two RBI and three runs scored for the Hogs. Joe Serrano had two hits. Anderson had two hits, two runs scored and two RBI. Jacob Morris had one hit, two runs scored and two RBI.
Arkansas and South Carolina continue the series Saturday at 2:15 p.m. The Razorbacks will start junior righty Ryne Stanek (1-1, 3.32), while the Gamecocks will throw senior left hander Nolan Belcher (4-1, 1.25). Saturday's game will be televised on FSN and will also be available on ESPN3.com.
Arkansas 15, South Carolina 3
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