Arkansas sophomore Andrew Benintendi launched his nation’s best 14th homer and he and his teammates used a 15-hit attack to down Stephen F. Austin 15-3 Wednesday afternoon.
Starting pitcher Jacob Stone (3-2) hurled five scoreless innings to get the win as the Razorbacks (21-16, 7-8) completed a two-game midweek sweep of the Lumberjacks (12-25) before 1,534 fans at Baum Stadium.
The win pushes Arkansas to 8-2 in the month of April and gives them some momentum headed into this weekend’s series at No. 1 Texas A&M (33-3, 12-3).
The series will open up Friday with no television, but Saturday’s game will be televised on ESPNU, followed by Sunday's being broadcast on the SEC Network.
“Obviously happy with the two-game series,” Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. “We scored a lot of runs, swung the bats, got to play a couple of catchers, couple different position players.”
The win also helped the Razorbacks finish up a seven-game home stand with a 6-1 record.
“Overall the home stand was a big success. I think we were 6-1,” Van Horn said. “We knew 10 days ago when we were getting ready to start this home stand that it was time for us to kick it into gear and get over the hump.
“The team is playing pretty well right now so I’m pretty confident.”
After not scoring in its first two innings, Arkansas tallied at least a run in its final six at-bats.
Benintendi, who has five homers in his last seven games, was 2-of-4 with four runs scored, a couple of RBIs and three stolen bases while Bobby Wernes also had two hits and drove home a career-high four runs.
Brett McAfee was 4-of-5 on the day with a trio of RBIs - both career-highs - while both Joe Serrano and Clark Eagan each had a pair of hits.
Stone fanned three and walked one while going the first five innings for the win.
Photos by Jason Ivester
Jacob Stone pitched five scoreless innings to get the win for Arkansas.
Arkansas' Bobby Wernes looks on after a baseball got away when second baseman Nick Ramos, who later homered.
Joe Serrano is caught in a rundown.
Arkansas 15, Stephen F. Austin 3
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