FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The University of Arkansas baseball team (14-13, 3-6) used a three-run fifth inning to rally past Ole Miss (14-14, 4-5) 5-2 and capture the series from the Rebels Saturday afternoon at Baum Stadium.
Bobby Wernes had the play of the day as he stole home with two outs in the fifth inning to tie the game as part of a three-run inning to give Arkansas a lead it would never relinquish.
After Wernes swiped home, Joe Serrano ripped a single up the middle on the next pitch to plate Michael Bernal and give the Razorbacks a 3-2 advantage.
Arkansas manufactured a run in the sixth inning with a bases loaded walk by Bernal, before Tyler Spoon added some insurance in the eighth inning with a solo home run to left field for his third long ball of the season to seal the 5-2 victory.
Jackson Lowery (2-0) came on in relief and earned the win in 3.0 innings of work and added a career-high tying five strikeouts. Zach Jackson picked up his second save of the year after tossing the final 2.1 innings and giving up just one run, while striking out three. Jackson has recorded strikeouts on nine of the last 14 outs he has recorded dating back to his six-strikeout performance in the series opener.
Keaton McKinney got the start and did his job, lasting 3.0 innings and giving up just one hit and one unearned run, while adding four strikeouts before giving way to Lowery.
To go along with his steal of home, Wernes added his fourth consecutive multi-hit game and reached base three times in the game. Chad Spanberger went 1-for-2 at the plate and drove in the first run of the game to get Arkansas on the board.
Arkansas returns to action Tuesday afternoon, welcoming Missouri State to town for a single game at Baum Stadium. First pitch is set 6:30 p.m. on SEC Network Plus and the WatchESPN app.