BERKLEY, Calif. - Joe Serrano drove in three runs and three pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout as Arkansas downed Tulane 4-0 Saturday afternoon in the Cal Baseball Classic in Berkeley, Calif.
Struggling catcher Jake Wise added two of his team's nine hits as the win ended a three-game losing streak for the Razorbacks (8-3), including a 2-1 loss to San Francisco Friday.
"We did a good job of getting some runners on and setting up some situations," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "We had a nice hit-and-run that worked, a sacrifice fly, and we laid down a sacrifice bunt and the runner ended up getting driven in later in that inning.
"We just did a tremendous job. We responded after not playing very well yesterday. I'm proud of the guys. They played hard."
Arkansas starter Colin Poche pitched three innings while walking four, fanning one and having two balks as the Razorbacks got their first shutout since June 11, 2012.
Winner Zach Jackson (1-0) relieved in the fourth and allowed three hits while pitching into the seventh and turned it over to Jacob Stone, who picked up his first save while hurling no-hit ball over the last 2 1/3 inning.
"He did a tremendous job," Van Horn said of Jackson. "He's young and has great stuff. He has a sinking fastball in the low-90s, a plus breaking ball and a plus change-up, and he had to use them all. He threw enough strikes to get them to chase a few. He ran out of gas a little at the end.
"We had him up a couple of times (in the bullpen) during yesterday's game. He's just learning how to be a reliever, and he probably ran out of gas a little bit sooner than normal. We're proud of him."
Tulane starting pitcher Randy LeBlanc got the loss for the Green Wave as he gave up five hits and three runs while pitching into the fifth inning.
Arkansas took a 1-0 lead into the second inning when Bret McAfee doubled home Brian Anderson.
The Razorbacks moved that advantage to 3-0 when Serrano delivered a two-run single in the fifth that chased home Wise and Michael Bernal.
Serrano's third RBI came when he lofted a sacrifice fly to right in the seventh that scored Bernal.
Tulane (9-4), which downed host Cal 10-5 on Friday, started the season 6-0, but has now lost four of its last seven.
Arkansas will complete play in the event on Sunday with a 3 p.m. doubleheader against host Cal.
Arkansas 4, Tulane 0
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