HOOVER, Ala. - Arkansas will be spending a few days at the SEC Tournament after getting off to a shining start on Tuesday.
Trey Killian and Zach Jackson combined on a seven-hit shutout and Eric Fisher's second-inning homer gave the Razorbacks the only run they would need as seventh-seeded Arkansas downed 10th-seeded Texas A&M 4-0 Tuesday afternoon in the event's opening round.
"I'm real proud of the guys for coming out and fighting today to pick up a win over a really good Texas A&M team," Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said.
Killian (4-8), who lowered his ERA to 2.18, went the first six innings while allowing four hits while Jackson finished up with the final three frames.
Killian has allowed one earned run or less in seven of his 13 starts this season.
"Trey Killian just came out and pretty much does what Trey does every time he gets on the mound," Van Horn added "He just did a tremendous job on a short week's rest, like Menhaden. They were toe to toe. I am real proud of my team for coming out and playing hard."
The Razorbacks (36-21) – winners of seven of their last eight games – advance to the double-elimination portion of the bracket and will face second-seeded Ole Miss Wednesday at around 12:30 p.m.
Fisher, who went 2-of-4 on the day, launched his ninth homer of the season in the second off A&M starter and loser Daniel Mengden (4-8) to give Arkansas a 1-0 lead.
"Eric hit a changeup in the right spot, got it out of there and gave us a chance to relax," Van Horn said..
The Razorbacks then added three insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on Alex Gosser's RBI single, Clarke Eagan's RBI hit by pitch and a bases-loaded walk to Andrew Benintendi.
Texas A&M (33-24), who lost for the third time in four games against Arkansas this season, is eliminated from the event, whose first day is a single-elimination format.
Eric Fisher gets congratulated by teammates Bobby Wernes and Tyler Spoon after his second-inning homer.
Arkansas 4, Texas A&M 0
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