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February 20, 2013

BASEBALL: No. 1 Arkansas takes pair from New Orleans

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The top-ranked Arkansas baseball team posted a pair of shutouts on Tuesday as it swept a doubleheader from New Orleans. The Razorbacks won game one, 14-0, and completed the sweep with a 3-0 victory in game two of the twinbill.

With the two victories, the Razorbacks improve to 4-1, while the Privateers drop to 0-5 with the loss.

Tyler Spoon was Arkansas’ top offensive performer in the doubleheader, going 3-for-8 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. Matt Vinson also had three hits and scored a run, while Brian Anderson crossed home plate five times in the two games.

On the mound, six Arkansas pitchers combined to allow five hits in 16 shutout innings. The Razorbacks combined for 15 strikeouts over the two games.

Game 1 Recap

Arkansas put together its best offensive performance of the young season, while Colin Poche and Cade Lynch combined on a one-hit shutout as the Razorbacks defeated New Orleans, 14-0, in a run-rule shortened game.

The Razorbacks scored 10 runs in the first three innings of the game, including a five-run first inning. Eight of Arkansas’ nine starters had at least one hit in the win.

Jacob Mahan drove in a game-high four runs and went 3-for-5, while Tyler Spoon hit the first home run of his collegiate career and went 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Willie Schwanke also hit the first home run of his Razorback career and had three RBI and three runs scored. Brian Anderson scored four runs in the win.

On the mound, Poche made his collegiate debut and earned the win. The Flower Mound, Texas, native allowed just one hit and struck out six over his five innings. Lynch finished up the game by striking out three and throwing two shutout frames in his season debut.

New Orleans starter Daniel Martinez took the loss after giving up eight runs on eight hits in 1.2 innings.

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