Arkansas Pounds Ole Miss, 11-1

Arkansas backed Chris Oliver's solid starting pitching with a season-high 16 hits to blast No. 10 Ole Miss, 11-1, to win the final game of the SEC series in Oxford.

OXFORD, Miss. -- Bobby Wernes and Joe Serrano each had three hits as Arkansas pounded a season high 16 hits -- all singles -- to romp No. 10 Ole Miss, 11-1, to salvage the final game of the SEC baseball series Sunday afternoon at Oxford University Stadium.

Clark Eagan, Michael Bernal and Blake Baxendale also had two hits for the Hogs. Wernes drove in three and Eric Fisher and Baxendale both had two RBI.

Arkansas starter Chris Oliver (6-4) was masterful in seven innings of work, allowing only one run, in the first. He threw 99 pitches, 55 for strikes.

Oliver gave up a lead-off walk in the eighth and came out after throwing a first-pitch ball to the second batter. Jacob Stone finished the eighth, then Michael Gunn worked a perfect ninth. Oliver scattered five hits and struck out five against three walks.

In his last four starts against ranked opponents, Oliver is 4-0 with wins over No. 1 South Carolina, No. 8 LSU, No. 11 Vanderbilt and now No. 10 Ole Miss.

Ole Miss starter Sam Smith (5-4) took the loss. He lasted just three innings, giving up five runs.

Oliver benefited from three Arkansas double plays to bounce back from a lackluster start against Auburn in the series finale on Saturday night the previous weekend.

The Hogs (30-20, 11-13) have not been swept in their last 25 SEC series. They snapped a three-game losing streak. They had lost 3-2 and 7-4 in the first two games of the series.

Ole Miss (35-14, 15-9) retains the SEC West lead, one game ahead of Mississippi State (14-10). The Bulldogs swept Auburn. The Rebels had won five straight league games.

Wernes, batting just .197 coming into the weekend, went 7 for 14 on the series. The Hogs surpassed their previous high hit total of 14 against South Alabama in non-conference play.

Arkansas was playing without catcher Jake Wise, senior captain. Wise was injured on a play at the plate early in the Saturday game. He was held out with concussion-like symptoms after taking a blow to the head. He is expected back Friday when the Hogs play host to Texas A&M at Baum Stadium. There are no midweek games for the Hogs because of final exams.

Blake Baxendale subbed for Wise, but sustained a hamstring injury in the fifth inning while running to first base. He continued to catch and added a two-run single in the ninth, but came out for a pinch runner at that point. Relief pitcher Jackson Lowery caught the ninth.

Ole Miss scored in the first when Oliver hit Braxton Lee with his first pitch, Austin Bousfield followed with a single, they moved up on a double steal on a strikeout and Lee scored on a ground out.

Arkansas answered with two runs in the second with a two-out rally to move on top of the Rebels. Tyler Spoon was hit by a pitch before Baxendale would deliver a two-out single. Back-to-back RBI singles from Wernes and Bernal brought the two runners home and Arkansas led 2-1.

The Razorbacks pushed three more runs home in the third, using back-to-back singles to put the first two batters on and a sac bunt from Brian Anderson to move them into scoring position.

Eric Fisher then drove them both in with a single through the right side. A bunt single from Spoon advanced Fisher to second and a throwing error on the play allowed Fisher to scamper to third. He then scored the third run of the inning on a ground ball to first from Clark Eagan.

The Razorbacks then got on the board again in the eighth, pushing two runs home before adding four more runs in the ninth to claim the victory in the series finale.

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