FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Junior starting pitcher Dominic Taccolini earned his third victory of the year Friday afternoon, pitching a strong five innings and only allowing two runs to help the 12th-ranked Razorback baseball team to a 5-2 win over Eastern Illinois. The win for Arkansas (9-1) is its ninth of the year and third-straight start for Taccolini where he has given up two runs or less.
Offensively, junior Jake Arledge and freshman Grant Koch led all Arkansas batters with two hits each. Koch smacked his first career home run in the third inning to get the scoring started for the Hogs, which was followed by a two-run shot from Carson Shaddy, his team-leading fifth of the year. Shaddy finished the game 1-for-4 with two RBI, while Koch was 2-for-3 with the lone RBI off the home run.
Taccolini earned the win to move to 3-0 on the year. Eastern Illinois starting pitcher, Matt Wivinis, was saddled with the loss to move to 0-3.
The Razorbacks and Panthers return to the field for game two of the series on Saturday with first pitch slated for 12 p.m.