Another sweep for Arkansas

AUBURN, Ala. – Three-game sweeps are usually hard to come by in Southeastern Conference baseball. Arkansas made it look rather easy Sunday.

Breaking out tons of offense against a worn down Auburn pitching staff, Arkansas struck early and often. And once the bats started rolling, Arkansas never let up, taking a 12-6 win against Auburn in front of a crowd of 2,312 in Plainsman Park.

The victory moves the Hogs to 6-0 in the SEC and gives Arkansas back-to-back three-game sweeps in conference play for the first time since 1999.

"Once we won the series (on Saturday), my comment to the team was for those that are new to this league, being 2-0 two Sundays in a row having a chance to sweep is very slim and none," Razorbacks coach Dave Van Horn said. "And I heard some of the older guys saying, 'Yeah you're right.'

"And I told them if you have a chance to sweep, especially on the road, don't sleep on it all happy. Get ready to get after it. So it's a good start for us but we're realistic. We just talked about we have 24 more (conference) games to go. This league can change real quick and we know that."

Arkansas (16-4, 6-0) picked up where it left off the day before, scoring four first-inning runs Sunday to set the tone. And just like Saturday, every run came with two outs as the Razorbacks put the Tigers in an early hole.

"We got behind the eight ball right out of the gate," Auburn coach John Pawlowski said. "Especially against this (Arkansas) club. They played really well and we kicked it around a little bit, and consequently we didn't have enough firepower to overcome them."

While the Razorbacks' offense was having a field day with Auburn pitchers Paul Burnside, Scott Shuman and Rus Harper -- pounding out a season-high 17 hits -- Arkansas' Drew Smyly made sure the Tigers couldn't do the same. Smyly (2-0) worked an effective 5 1/3 innings and allowed just one earned run as the Hogs built a 12-2 lead by the seventh inning.

"It makes it more fun and better for everybody (when we're scoring runs)," Smyly said. "Everybody is just relaxed and having fun playing baseball when everybody comes out working like that."

Ben Tschepikow had four hits and Chase Leavitt and Ryan Cisterna added three hits each for Arkansas, who swept a road SEC series for the first time since 2007 at Tennessee.

"This is huge," Tschepikow said. "Sweeping two weekends in a row is very big, it's a very good start for us. Any time you sweep an SEC team on the road or at home, it's huge. Now we've done that and it just shows we have a lot of character and a lot of fight, and it shows we've got a pretty good team. But we've got to keep getting better day in and day out, with practice, warmups, everything has to keep getting better.

"It's a good start for us, but there's a lot of games left so we just have to keep our heads high and stay positive and keep getting better."

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