HOUSTON -- Junior Dominic Taccolini picked up his second victory of the season and Zach Jackson picked up his second save in as many opportunities Friday night as the No. 18 Razorbacks beat No. 24 Rice, 5-2, at Minute Maid Park to remain undefeated at 6-0.
Taccolini, who allowed two runs in the fourth inning after the Hogs had taken the initial 2-0 lead, was really in control for the majority of the night, scattering five hits with six strikeouts and only one walk. Jackson picked up the three inning save after coming in to pitch in the seventh, striking out four and only allowing one hit. The save was his 13th of his career
At the plate, Carson Shaddy finished 2-for-4 with two RBI, including the key sacrifice fly in the seventh that gave the Hogs a much needed insurance run heading into the final innings.
Clark Eagan and Austin Catron both had two-hit ball games, as well, as Eagan had two doubles in the game. Arkansas only managed seven hits in the game, but benefitted from late walks given up by Rice starting pitcher, Jon Duplantier, and a wild pitch that broke the 2-2 tie in the seventh.
Arkansas is back at Minute Maid Park Saturday afternoon for its second game of the Houston Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic, as it will face No. 9 Houston (4-1) at 3:30 p.m. The game can be seen on MLB Network except in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma. Fans in those states can view the game on ROOT Sports Southwest.