The No. 24 Arkansas baseball team lost both games of Saturday’s doubleheader to the South Alabama Jaguars.
In the first game of the day, the Razorbacks failed to score until the bottom of the ninth inning when they cut the Jaguars’ lead in half, but ultimately lost 2-1.
Junior right-hander Chris Oliver started the game for Arkansas, pitching five innings and allowing one run on four hits with three strikeouts.
The loss went to freshman Zach Jackson, who tossed 2.2 no-hit innings, but allowed one unearned run.
“To me, the positive of the day was some of the young pitchers, guys like Zach Jackson who came in and threw the ball extremely well,” head coach Dave Van Horn said. “We’re just trying to get those guys that have really good stuff a little more experience. I made a comment to them after the game that they’re moving up the ladder.”
The Razorbacks finally got on the board in the final frame when Brett McAfee hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Clark Eagan from third.
In the second game of the day, sophomore right-handed pitcher Trey Killian made his season debut as the starter. Killian took the loss after giving up four runs on five hits in 2.2 innings of work, and the Razorbacks lost 5-3.
The Razorbacks scored twice in the fifth inning, when Tyler Spoon hit a triple into center field to score Bobby Wernes and Joe Serrano.
The Hogs again cut into their deficit in the ninth inning when Andrew Benintendi hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Krisjon Wilkerson.
Arkansas had a chance to do more damage in the inning with the bases loaded and Brian Anderson, who has the second highest batting average on the team at .371, at the plate, but Anderson flied out to right to end the game.
“We had our opportunities, but they got us to chase the ball down in the zone with runners on and we hit into a couple of double plays on balls we probably shouldn’t have swung at,” Van Horn said of the Hogs’ performance. “We had a lot of runners out there and sometimes that’s just the way the game works out. We’re still a work in progress. We’ve got to do a better job in some situations.”
Arkansas is scheduled to play IPFW at 3:05 Monday to wrap up its season-opening home stand before heading to California for the Cal Baseball Classic next weekend.