Arkansas plays long ball in sweep
Arkansas crushes three HR in game one to back Baxendale
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas pitcher DJ Baxendale earned his fifth win of the season, while Jimmy Bosco and Matt Reynolds each homered and drove in two runs to lead the fourth-ranked Razorbacks to a 5-3 win against Binghamton in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.
The Razorbacks improved to 13-2, while the Bearcats fell to 0-5.
A day after hitting four home runs, the Arkansas offense pounded out three more round-trippers, which accounted for all five of Arkansas’ runs. Sam Bates hit his second homer of the weekend and fifth of the season. Bosco belted his second homer of the season, while Reynolds hit his third homer of the year. Bosco and Reynolds each tied for the team high with two RBI. Reynolds added two hits, while Derrick Bleeker and Tim Carver also had two hits each. Carver extended his hitting streak to a career-long 12 games and stretched his consecutive games reaching base streak to 15.
Baxendale earned the win to improve to 5-0 on the season. The junior right-hander gave up three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits and struck out three in five innings of work. Dating to last season, Baxendale has won seven consecutive starts.
Brandon Moore was outstanding out of the bullpen, pitching four shutout innings to earn his first save of the season. Moore struck out five and gave up just one hit in his four innings of work.
Binghamton starter Jay Lynch took the loss to drop to 0-2 on the season. Lynch allowed five runs on 10 hits in 4.1 innings.
The Bearcats were led at the plate by Zach Blanden, John Howell and Jake Thomas, who each had two hits. Thomas drove in two runs, while Howell scored a pair of runs.
In the nightcap, five Arkansas pitchers combined for the Razorbacks’ second shutout of the weekend to complete a three-game sweep of Binghamton with a 6-0 win.
After the sweep, Arkansas is 14-2. Binghamton is 0-6.
The Razorbacks posted their third shutout of the season and second of the weekend. Arkansas last posted two shutouts in a weekend series February 18-20, 2011, when the Razorbacks blanked Delaware State twice.
Randall Fant started for Arkansas and earned his first win of the season, striking out four and allowing four hits in six scoreless innings. The Razorback bullpen handled the rest with Ty Wright, Colby Suggs, Michael Gunn and Barrett Astin combining to throw three scoreless innings.
Binghamton starter Jake Lambert was saddled with his second loss of the season. Lambert allowed three runs on six hits and fanned two in six innings.
Bo Bigham and Joe Serrano each recorded two hits to lead Arkansas offensively. Bigham scored twice and added a RBI, while Serrano also drove in a run. Tim Carver extended his hitting streak to 13 games, going 1-for-2 with a run scored. Carver has also reached base in all 16 games this season.
Shaun McGraw had a pair of hits to pace the Binghamton offense. Bill Bereszniewicz and Zach Blanded also had one hit for the Bearcats.