Photo Courtesy: UA Athletics (Walt Beazley)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Brian Anderson went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with a homer and three RBI, while Ryne Stanek worked seven shutout innings as No. 14 Arkansas evened its series against Tennessee with an 11-1 win on Saturday night at Baum Stadium.
Arkansas improves its record to 33-17 and 16-9 in Southeastern Conference play with the win, while Tennessee drops to 20-27 overall and 7-17 in league play.
The series wraps up on Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Arkansas will start senior left hander Randall Fant (4-1, 2.27), while Tennessee will start freshman righty Aaron Quillen (2-3, 6.04). The series finale will be televised by CST. Only general admission tickets remain for Sunday's game. General admission tickets are $8 and can be purchased on gameday at Baum Stadium, while supplies last.
Arkansas recorded 11 runs on 12 hits against the Tennessee pitching staff. Anderson paced the Razorbacks at the plate with his second four-hit game of the season, finishing a double shy of the cycle. Anderson was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with his fourth homer of the season, three RBI and four runs scored. Dominic Ficociello had a pair of hits and drove in two runs, while Jordan Farris went 1-for-4 with two RBI. Brett McAfee and Tyler Spoon each had a hit and a RBI. Arkansas scored in every at bat during the game, marking the first time the Razorbacks had scored in every plate appearance since April 7, 2010, in a 32-8 win over Saint Louis in seven innings.
Stanek (7-2) picked up his seventh win of the season, striking out nine and giving up five hits in seven scoreless frames. The junior right hander lowered his overall ERA to 1.70 and to 1.10 in nine conference starts. Colin Poché finished the contest, striking out three and giving up one hit in 1.1 innings. Tennessee starter Nick Williams (2-4) took the loss after giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits and striking out three in 2.2 innings.
Arkansas scored single runs in each of the first three innings. Ficociello brought home the first run of the game with a one-out RBI single in the first inning. In the second, McAfee tripled with one out and came in to score on a wild pitch. A sacrifice fly by Spoon in the third inning scored Anderson to put the Razorbacks in front 3-0.
The Razorbacks tacked on a pair of runs in the fourth on a two-out, two-run homer to straightaway center field by Anderson, his fourth of the season. Arkansas plated another run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly to center by Jordan Farris. Two more Razorbacks crossed the plate in the sixth as Anderson had a RBI triple to right-center and Ficociello hit a sacrifice fly to the wall in left field.
The Razorbacks stretched the lead to 9-0 in the seventh on a sacrifice fly to center field by McAfee. Tennessee broke up the shutout with a run in the top of the eighth as Vincent Jackson doubled to the gap in left-center field, scoring Jeff Moberg.
Arkansas closed the scoring with two runs in the eighth, both coming on a bases loaded infield single by Farris. The first run scored on the single, while the second run came in after a throwing error by the Tennessee third baseman. Tennessee finished the game with seven hits, led by Scott Price and Christin Stewart, who each contributed two hits. Jackson went 1-for-4 with a RBI for the Volunteers.
Chad Crunk: Media Relations