Ryne Stanek pitched eight shutout innings and Arkansas beat Alabama 6-0 Friday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
Stanek nearly pitched his second complete game in as many road starts for the Razorbacks (23-8, 8-3 Southeastern Conference). The junior didn't allow an earned run and garnered SEC pitcher of the week honors for a complete game at South Carolina two weeks ago.
The right-hander (3-2) allowed only four hits and struck out five after failing to make it out of the fifth inning in a loss last week to Mississippi State. Michael Gunn pitched the final inning for Arkansas.
After scoring just three runs on 12 hits in a win over the Crimson Tide on Thursday, Arkansas gave its pitcher better run support in the series-clinching win. The Razorbacks scored two in each the second and third innings to quickly take control of the game - their 16th win in 19 games and fifth straight on the road.
Jake Wise's RBI single in the second gave Arkansas the lead for good and Jacob Morris added a sacrifice fly RBI later in the inning. Brian Anderson doubled and Matt Vinson singled to extend the lead to 4-0 in the third.
That score held until the seventh when Anderson singled to score Joe Serrano, who led off the inning with a single. Morris added his second sacrifice fly to score Wise in the eighth.
Anderson Vinson, Wise, Serrano and Eric Fisher all had two hits for Arkansas. Dominic Ficociello led all batters with three hits.
Arkansas stranded the bases loaded in the ninth inning. The Razorbacks stranded 12 runners in all, bringing their two-game total against the Crimson Tide to 25.
Alabama starter Jon Keller pitched six innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits. The left-hander struck out seven for the Crimson Tide (19-14, 7-4).
The series win was Arkansas' first at Alabama since 2005. The two teams will play the series finale Saturday at 1:05 p.m.
Arkansas 6, Alabama 0
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