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Arkansas rolls past Stephen F. Austin

1402 days ago
Arkansas Athletics

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The University of Arkansas baseball team (21-16) scored runs in six different innings to roll past Stephen F. Austin (12-24) 8-2 Tuesday evening at Baum Stadium.

The Razorbacks have won six of their last seven games and seven of nine games during the month of April as Arkansas is in the midst of its final home midweek series of the year.

Carson Shaddy led the way at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two runs batted in, while Bobby Wernes added two hits of his own, including his team-leading fifth triple of the year and scored two runs.

Tyler Spoon and Brett McAfee added two hits apiece in the victory, while Luke Bonfield recorded his first career extra-base hit with an RBI double in the fifth inning.

Arkansas continues to produce at the plate, scoring 52 runs in the last seven games, including double-digit hits in seven of the last nine games.

James Teague (3-2) picked up his second consecutive victory, tossing a career-long 7.0 innings and giving up one run on six hits, while striking out four. Josh Alberius and Kyle Pate came on to close the game, working an inning apiece to seal the victory.

Arkansas and Stephen F. Austin will cap the two-game midweek series tomorrow afternoon with first pitch slated for 3:05 p.m. at Baum Stadium.

Arkansas Head Coach Dave Van Horn opening statement: "I just thought we played a solid game. It started on the mound with James Teague. He came out in the first inning and got through it pretty quick. Their starter, Day, had some control problems. We ended up only scoring one run with the bases loaded, but it was a good start. We punched in two in the second and Teague continued to throw up zeroes for us."

Van Horn on tonight's offensive performance: "Up and down the lineup guys got big hits, drove in runs and scored runs. We never put together that big inning. We didn't get that big hit, that bases loaded double, but we got some big hits. We got a two-out single from Wernes. We got a two-out double, drove in a run. We just kept punching in runs. When you're scoring five and six innings in a game, you've got a good chance to win it."

Junior right fielder Tyler Spoon on James Teague: "It's been awesome. That's the guy we saw in the fall that we thought was going to be a stud and he is. He's turned out to be a great pitcher. We feel like we're going to win the game when he's out there on the mound now. He's just confident and he's throwing a lot of strikes, a lot of different pitches. We're really excited for him."

Spoon on winning six of the last seven games: "It feels great. I think we started out really slow this year but we knew it was just going to be a matter of time. We have the pieces. We're just putting it together and got it rolling. We feel really confident as a team. We could play anybody right now and have a really good chance. It's good to see us play well."

Sophomore RHP James Teague on his longest career outing: "I think as the year has gone on I've gotten in better shape. I've kind of learned how to throw for my body better. Just getting in shape as the year goes on and just getting a lot of ground balls helps. You're not throwing six of seven pitchers per batter, you're getting ground balls and getting outs. I think that had a lot to do with it."

Game Notes

The Razorbacks improve to 12-2 when holding opponents to two runs or less and 19-1 when leading after 6.0 innings. Arkansas has recorded double-digit hits in seven of the last nine games and 20 contests of the year. Eight different Razorbacks reached base in the game, including seven players multiple times. Arkansas turned its 42nd double play of the year, good for second in the SEC. Bobby Wernes had his 5th triple of the season and notched his 15th multi-hit game of the year. Brett McAfee registered his 20th multi-hit game of the year. James Teague lasted a career-long 7.0 innings and retired 18 of 22 batters over the first six frames.