Razorbacks Complete Sweep Of Crimson Tide

Andrew Benintendi swats his 15th homer and drives in three runs while pitcher Keaton McKinney fires a two-hitter as Arkansas downs Alabama 4-0 to complete a weekend sweep in Birmingham, Ala.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Because Andrew Benintendi brought his big bat and Keaton McKinney his big arm, the No. 23 Razorbacks broke out the brooms on Saturday.

Benintendi hit his SEC-leading 15th homer and drove in three runs and McKinney threw exactly 100 pitches in a complete game, two-hitter as Arkansas downed Alabama 4-0 Saturday at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

The win gave the Razorbacks (29-18, 14-10) a three-game sweep of the Crimson Tide (23-24, 8-16) and gave them a 15-4 record since April 1.

Benintendi had an RBI single in the third off Alabama losing pitcher Geoffrey Bramlett (6-3), solo homer in the sixth and a sacrifice fly in the eighth for Arkansas.

Rick Nomura added a solo shot in the ninth for the Razorbacks, who have now won 10 of their last 12 games, 15 of 19 and 18 of its last 24.

McKinney, who fanned two, walked one and faced just 30 batters, is the first Razorback pitcher since Brett Eibner in 2009 to throw a shutout and go the distance.

He allowed a hit to Taylor Poe in the third and one Chandler Avant in the ninth, but Avant was erased when Mikey White lined into a double play to end the game.

“It’s just been a struggle,” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard told AL.com after the game. “Pitching kept us around games and offensively, it’s a real battle now.

“We’re not putting many quality at-bats together. Tip your hat to the kid, he pitched a good game. At the same time, you’ve got to have more offensive firepower than we have right now.”

Arkansas will host Tennessee next Friday night at 6:35 in the opener of a three-game series at Baum Stadium.



Rick Nomura and Andrew Benintendi both homered on Saturday.


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