The Arkansas baseball team all but locked up an NCAA tournament at-large bid Tuesday with a 4-0 win over Texas A&M in the first round of the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala.
Sophomore Trey Killian tossed 6.0 scoreless innings with five strikeouts to earn his second straight win, while Zach Jackson came on and worked 3.0 perfect innings to earn his second save of the year.
It was the ninth shutout of the year for the Arkansas pitching staff.
Eric Fisher opened the scoring early with a solo home run down the right field line in the second inning to give Arkansas a 1-0 lead. The long ball was his team-leading ninth of the year. Fisher now ranks third in the SEC in home runs.
“Eric hit a changeup in the right spot, got it out of there and gave us a chance to relax,” Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. “Trey Killian just came out and pretty much does what Trey does every time he gets on the mound. He just did a tremendous job on a short week’s rest, like Mengden. They were toe to toe. I am real proud of my team for coming out and playing hard.”
The Razorbacks went quietly from there until the seventh inning when a hit and run single by Bobby Wernes sparked a three-run frame to create a cushion for Arkansas.
Freshman Alex Gosser lined a single to right field to plate the first run of the frame, while Clark Eagan was hit by a pitch and Andrew Benintendi walked with the bases loaded to send the Razorbacks to a 4-0 victory.
The Razorbacks advance to the second round of the tournament and will take on No. 2 seed Ole Miss Wednesday at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. First pitch is slated for 12:30 p.m. with Chris Oliver taking the mound for Arkansas.
The tournament now becomes double elimination.