FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The University of Arkansas baseball team (13-12, 2-5) pounded out 15 hits and scored 10 runs to knock off Ole Miss (13-13, 3-4) 10-3 Thursday evening in the SEC series opener at Baum Stadium.
A pair of three-run innings fueled the offensive output as Joe Serrano and Brett McAfee tallied three hits apiece, while Tyler Spoon tied a season high with three runs batted in.
Arkansas' big inning came in the fifth frame when Cullen Gassaway and Spoon delivered back-to-back RBI doubles as part of a four-hit inning to turn a 2-2 tie into a 5-2 Razorback lead.
Ole Miss had a golden opportunity in the seventh inning with the bases loaded and no outs, but Zach Jackson went to work and struck out three straight batters to leave the bases loaded and slam the door on Ole Miss.
Arkansas stole all the momentum and capitalized in the bottom half of the seventh, scoring three more runs on two hits and the benefit of three Ole Miss errors to put the game out of reach and make it 8-3.
The Razorbacks added two more insurance runs in the eighth inning as Clark Eagan tripled home a run and Spoon capped his three-RBI game with a sacrifice fly to give Arkansas all the runs they would need in a 10-3 victory.
Dominic Taccolini (5-2) picked up the win in 5.2 innings of work, allowing three hits and three runs, while striking out seven. His five wins is now tied for the SEC lead.
Jackson was dominant once again, throwing 2.1 innings and striking out six of the seven batters he retired. Lance Phillips closed out the game with a scoreless ninth inning.
Arkansas and Ole Miss will play game two of the three-game series Friday evening with first pitch slated for 6:03 p.m. at Baum Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on SEC Network with Dave Neal and Kyle Peterson on the call.