Arkansas bats chase Bulldogs back to Georgia 11-3

Courtesy -- Arkansas Communications

FAYETTEVILLE — The No. 15 Arkansas Razorbacks swept the Georgia Bulldogs 11-3 Saturday at Baum Stadium, completing their first Southeastern Conference series sweep since March 17-19 when the Razorbacks swept Mississippi State.

It is the first time since 2012 the Razorbacks have put together two series sweeps in league play.

Arkansas was aided by a second inning that saw them explode with seven runs and chase starting pitcher Chase Adkins off the mound early. The Razorbacks had six hits and took advantage of two Bulldogs errors. Five of the hits were singles until Chad Spanberger hit a three-run homer, his eighth home run of the season.

“That was a great inning for us offensively,” said head coach Dave Van Horn. “They made a mistake and we jumped all over it. After that we really got it rolling. We worked the count a lot and got the pitch count up.”

Spanberger, a critical part of the seven-run inning, was very pleased with the result.

Said Spanberger: “It was awesome. I don’t remember how it started, but the two-out hits were nice. We just really put the ball into play and let them makes some plays for us. Turned out well for us.”

It was more of the same from Spanberger as he went 2-of-5 from the plate, making it 14 out of the last 15 games that the junior has hit safely. Part of that number is a 10-game hitting streak Spanberger has had since the April 2 encounter at Alabama.

 

The Hogs were unstoppable at the plate as they had 14 hits on the afternoon. Five Razorbacks had multi-hit games: Carson Shaddy, Eric Cole, Jax Biggers, Luke Bonfield, and Spanberger.

Bonfield matched Spanberger for team-high RBI with three apiece. On the season, it is Bonfield’s 10th game with multi-RBI and Spanberger’s ninth.

The Hogs are 29-8 on the season and 11-4 in SEC play. They commence a two-game series with the Memphis Tigers at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday from Baum Stadium. The game will conclude on Wednesday at 6:30 at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock. Both games can be heard on Fox Sports Radio 1400 with pregame at 6:00 each night and Phil Elson on the play-by-play.

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