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Arkansas 8, Texas A&M 0

Arkansas cruised to a series win over Texas A&M on Saturday.

Chad Spanberger's power was on display once again Saturday in College Station, Texas.

The junior first baseman homered twice in Arkansas' 8-0 blowout win over Texas A&M, helping the Razorbacks clinch the series and the No. 4 seed in next week's SEC Tournament.

Both were solo shots and gave Arkansas its fourth and eighth runs of the game. Although his 4 for 13 stat line doesn't jump off the page, Spanberger had an excellent weekend.

In addition to his two long balls Saturday, he also hit the game-winning two-run home run in the 10th inning Thursday. His only other hit was an RBI double in Friday's game.

The other six runs on Saturday came on RBI hits by six different Razorbacks.

Eric Cole and Luke Bonfield got things started with run-scoring singles in the third inning. Arkansas added to its lead with RBI singles by Jake Arledge and Dominic Fletcher in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively.

Finally, back-to-back doubles by Carson Shaddy and Jax Biggers gave the Razorbacks their other two runs.

The offensive explosion came after consecutive games in which the Razorbacks failed to convert on scoring opportunities. They went just 3 for 20 (.150) with runners in scoring position in the first two games against the Aggies, but were 5 for 13 (.385) in the series finale.

It was more than enough offense for Blaine Knight and Kevin Kopps, who combined for Arkansas' fourth shutout victory of the season.

Knight, whose start was pushed back to give him an extra day of rest, scattered three hits across six scoreless innings, while Kopps gave up two hits and a walk during the three-inning save.

Texas A&M's best opportunity to score came in the eighth inning, when the Aggies put runners on second and third. The game was already in hand, but Kopps preserved the shutout by striking out Cole Bedford on three pitches.

By winning the game, Arkansas (39-15, 18-11 SEC) secured the No. 4 seed in the SEC Tournament, giving it a first-round bye and an extra day off. It also puts the Razorbacks in a great position to host their first NCAA regional since 2010.

All of this comes the year after Arkansas finished three games under .500 and last in the SEC, missing the postseason for the first time during head coach Dave Van Horn's tenure.


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