Arkansas pounds out 12 hits at Bama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Arkansas held Alabama to four hits and shelled out 12 in taking a 3-1 victory Thursday night from Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

Arkansas improves to 22-8 and 7-3 in conference play. The loss drops Alabama to 19-12 overall and 7-3 in the SEC.

Arkansas reliever Jalen Beeks (4-0) earned the win after allowing one hit and one walk with three strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball. Beeks took over for starter Barrett Astin, who allowed one unearned run in 4 1/3 innings. Colby Suggs threw 39 pitches in the ninth inning and recorded his fourth save of the year.

The Razorbacks strung together three hits in the second, including a bunt single by Jacob Morris to score Matt Vinson from third. Joe Serrano followed by hitting a single into right field, but Willie Schwanke was gunned out by Miller at home plate, keeping the score at 1-0. Arkansas threatened again in the third when they put runners on the corners with one out, but Sullivan came up with a big strikeout and fly out to work out of the jam.

Arkansas added a pair of runs in the fifth, as a pair of errors by Alabama aided to the Razorback’s inning. Serrano reached on a two-base error to open the inning then scored on a mishandled Tyler Spoon single to left field. Jake Wise eventually scored the second Razorback run of the inning to go up 3-0 when White lost control of the ball after getting the first out of a possible inning-ending double play.

The Tide responded in the bottom of the frame. Cameron Carlisle reached safely after legging out an infield single to first, and then Mikey White reached first on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second on an Andrew Miller single. An error on the Razorbacks’ first baseman Schwanke as Georgie Salem reached first on a possible inning-ending double play allowed White to score and cut the lead to 3-1.

Alabama rallied in the eighth and ninth innings, getting a pair of runners aboard in both innings. Alabama had runners on first and second in the eighth with one out, but back-to-back strikeouts ended the threat.

Tide senior righty Charley Sullivan (3-2) was charged with the loss in his eighth start of the year, going five innings and allowing three runs (one earned) on eight hits, with two walks and three strikeouts.