Hogs rout North Dakota to win series

Arkansas beat North Dakota 13-2 in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas recorded 11 extra-base hits and beat North Dakota 13-2 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at Baum Stadium.

The Razorbacks recorded four doubles, three triples and four home runs, including one inside the park. Arkansas (2-0) has combined to score 24 runs in its first two games of the season.

Bobby Wernes' two-run triple in the second inning gave the Razorbacks a lead that was never in jeopardy. Wernes added a second RBI triple in the eighth inning to become the first Arkansas player since 2003 to have multiple triples in one game.

The Razorbacks extended the lead to 4-0 in the fourth inning. Andrew Benintendi led off the inning with a solo home run to right field and Rick Nomura had an inside the park home run two at-bats later.

Nomura hit a fly ball that the North Dakota center fielder misread. A throw to the plate was on time but bobbled by catcher Brett Harrison.

North Dakota pulled within 4-2 on a Jeff Campbell's two-run home run in the sixth inning, but the Razorbacks responded with a six-run inning in the bottom of the sixth.

Arkansas hit three consecutive doubles to begin the inning and Brett McAfee added a solo home run. Carson Shaddy hit a solo home run in the seventh for the Razorbacks.

The offense overshadowed a good performance by sophomore starter Dominic Taccolini. The right-hander struck out eight batters in six innings and at one point retired 11 consecutive batters.

Lance Phillips pitched one inning and Parker Sanburn threw two innings in relief. The Razorbacks combined to strike out 13 batters for the second consecutive game.

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