Fant's strong start leads No. 11 Arkansas past No. 8 Mississippi 10-1
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Randall Fant allowed just one run over six innings, while Joe Serrano had three hits and Tyler Spoon drove in three runs to lead No. 11 Arkansas to a 10-1 win against No. 8 Ole Miss on Saturday afternoon at Baum Stadium.
Arkansas improves to 14-6 overall and 1-1 in the Southeastern Conference, while Ole Miss drops to 19-2, 1-1 in league play.
Fant (1-0) earned his first win of the season, striking out five and giving up just one run over six innings of work.
Jalen Beeks and Colby Suggs combined to throw three shutout innings of relief. Beeks tossed two scoreless frames, while Suggs threw a perfect ninth inning. With the three shutout innings today, the Arkansas bullpen has allowed only one unearned over the last 22.1 innings.
At the plate, the Arkansas offense had 11 hits in the victory. Serrano had a team-high three hits for the Razorbacks with a RBI and a run scored. Tyler Spoon drove in three runs and went 1-for-4 with a run scored. Eric Fisher was 2-for-5 with a run scored, while Jacob Mahan went 1-for-2 with a RBI and three runs scored.
Ole Miss starter Mike Mayers (2-1) took his first loss of the season. Mayers gave up seven runs, five earned, on nine hits and struck out five over 5.1 innings.
The Rebels were led offensively by Auston Bousfield, who had three hits and scored a run. Sikes Orvis went 1-for-4 with a RBI, while Stuart Turner had a pair of hits.
For the second straight day, the Razorbacks struck first, scoring once in the bottom of the first. Mahan drew a four-pitch walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Serrano. A ground out to short by Spoon advanced Mahan to third. After a walk to Brian Anderson, Vinson reached on an infield single to first, scoring Mahan for the game’s first run.
Arkansas added two more runs in the home half of the second. Fisher began the inning with a single to right field and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jacob Morris. A single to left by Brett McAfee put runners on the corners with one out. Mahan then laid down a bunt that got past Mayers for an infield single, scoring Fisher from third and advancing McAfee to second. A base hit to right by Serrano loaded the bases for Spoon, who beat out an attempted double play at first to score McAfee and put the Razorbacks in front 3-0.
Ole Miss got a run back in the top of the fourth. Bousfield and Turner started the inning with back-to-back singles. With one out, Orvis singled up the middle, plating Bousfield from second.
Arkansas stretched the lead to 5-1 with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Spoon was hit by a pitch to start the inning and advanced to second on a single to left by Anderson. Vinson laid down a sacrifice bunt back to the mound, but the pitcher’s throw to first was wild, allowing both Spoon and Anderson to score on the error and giving the Razorbacks a four-run edge.
The Razorbacks added two more runs in the sixth and three in the seventh. In the sixth, Spoon drove in two runs with a double to the right-center field gap. In the seventh, Morris scored from second on a wild pitch, Serrano drove in a run with a RBI single to left and a throwing error by the left fielder allowed another run to score.
Ole Miss put two runners on the eighth, but Beeks was able to work out of the jam. In the ninth, Suggs induced three ground balls to end the game and give Arkansas the 10-1 win.