FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Five-run fifth and sixth innings capitalized by a two home run day by senior Michael Bernal had the 18th-ranked Arkansas baseball team clicking on all cylinders Saturday night, defeating Auburn, 14-5, to claim the series victory and second conference victory of the year.
Bernal, for the second time this season, slugged two homers in the game, both coming in back-to-back at-bats in the fourth and fifth innings to help the Hogs break the game wide open. The El Paso, Texas-native finished the game 2-for-4 with four RBI, breaking a 13-game homerless streak he had coming in to Saturday's game.
After Bernal's big flies, Arkansas (17-6, 2-3 SEC) already had a commanding 8-0 lead, but he wasn't the only one to get in on the home run action. Sophomore Luke Bonfield slugged his fourth home run of the year, capping the five-run sixth inning, as part of a 1-for-3 night. He along with Chad Spanberger, who added his third home run of the year in the eighth inning made it a four home run night for the Hogs.
Saturday marked the fifth game that Arkansas has hit three or more home runs this year and the four long balls was the most in a game by an Arkansas team since clubbing four against Tennessee back in 2012.
Sophomore pitcher Keaton McKinney had his best outing of the year, going six innings strong and allowing no runs on just three hits for his first victory of the year.
The Razorbacks and Tigers will conclude the series Sunday as the Hogs will try to go for the sweep with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. at Baum Stadium.