FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Five Razorbacks recorded 2 hits or more in game one of a doubleheader with No. 2 Texas A&M Saturday as senior Rick Nomura led all Hog batters with 3 hits of his own to help Arkansas (26-17, 7-13) take the series opener with the Aggies 9-5 at Baum Stadium.
Nomura finished game one of the day going 3-for-4 at the plate with 2 RBI. It was his double in the second inning that put the first two Arkansas runs on the board. The Hogs went on to outscore the Aggies 6-1 over the next four innings, taking an 8-4 lead.
Razorback starting pitcher Dominic Taccolini (5-2) earned his second win in as many starts, going 6 innings strong, allowing 5 earned runs on 9 hits with 6 strikeouts. The Hog bullpen pitched the final three innings as James Teague, Jordan Rodriguez, Josh Alberius and Blaine Knight all combined to give up just one hit with no runs crossing the plate.
The Razorbacks and Aggies will play the series-deciding game Sunday at 1 p.m. at Baum Stadium. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.