CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Arkansas second baseman Brian Anderson probably played his final games as a Razorback on Sunday. The draft-eligible junior made it a memorable one, too.
Anderson went 3 for 3 and was hit by two pitches in Arkansas’ elimination game win against Bucknell. He followed it by going 3 for 4 against the Cavaliers, reaching base seven straight times at one point between the two games.
Anderson was one of the top offensive players in the Charlottesville Regional, going 8 for 13 with a home run, triple, two RBIs and three runs in four games.
Arkansas didn’t get production from the bottom of its lineup during the first two games of the Charlottesville Regional. The 7-8-9 trio of Bobby Wernes, Jake Wise and Michael Bernal went a combined 1 for 17 against Liberty and Virginia.
So Van Horn shook things up in the elimination game against Bucknell.
Clark Eagan started at third base in place of Wernes, who left Saturday’s game with a back injury. He moved K.J. Wilkerson into the seventh spot in the lineup as designated hitter, while Alex Gosser hit eighth in place of Wise.
Both played a role in Arkansas’ strong start, collecting RBI singles during the four-run fourth inning. Wilkerson, Gosser and Bernal went a combined 4 for 11 against Bucknell, turning in the best performance from the bottom of the lineup this week.
“it worked out good early for sure,” Van Horn said after the Bucknell win. “The first inning, some of the new guys got a chance to hit and they hit.”
Bullpen vs. starters
Arkansas had leaned on its starting pitching this season, but the group suffered through a rough regional.
The four starters — Chris Oliver, Trey Killian, Jalen Beeks and Zach Jackson — combined to allow 11 runs in 16 innings. It included Beeks’ strong outing against Bucknell, when he didn’t allow a run in five innings.
Arkansas’ relievers, meanwhile, pitched well all week. A bullpen that included Michael Gunn, Jacob Stone, Dominic Taccolini, Jackson Lowery and Landon Simpson combined to throw 18 straight shutout innings during the regional.
The streak ended in the ninth inning Sunday.
Shutout No. 10
Beeks and Lowery combined for Arkansas’ 10th shutout this season. It also was the second by the Razorbacks in the postseason, joining a 4-0 win against Texas A&M in the SEC Tournament opener on May 20.
The 10 shutouts is tied for the second-highest total in school history. The 2012 Razorbacks also posted 10 shutouts.
The 1977 Razorbacks hold the school record with 13 shutouts.
Arkansas won for the 40th time in Sunday’s elimination game against Bucknell, reaching the mark for the fifth time in the past six seasons.
The Razorbacks have now won 40 or more games seven times under Van Horn, reaching the mark in 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. The most Arkansas has won in a single-season under Van Horn is 46 games (2012).