FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The 15th-ranked Arkansas baseball team ran away with a 14-4 victory over Georgia Thursday night at Baum Stadium, blasting five home runs and getting another strong performance from pitcher Blaine Knight.
Arkansas won its ninth conference game of the season and 27th game of the year to remain in a tie for first in the SEC Western Division. It is the seventh straight win on opening night of a three game series and the Razorbacks have beat their opponents by a combined 46 runs over those seven games.
It was the second game this year that the Hogs hit five home runs and it all came from different parts of the lineup. Chad Spanberger started it off with a solo shot in the first inning. Then, Carson Shaddy and Luke Bonfield followed as part of a seven-run third inning. Jax Biggers’ long ball came in the fifth when he slugged his third home run of the year into the right field bullpen and Alex Gosser got in on the action with a solo shot to right field in the eighth, the first of his career.
Thursday marked the 14th game this year that Arkansas has notched more than one home run in a game and sixth with three or more. Arkansas continues to lead the league with 50 home runs, eclipsing its total of 49 from last season.
Knight gave up just three hits in six innings while striking out five and allowing only one run. It’s the fifth-straight win for Knight, all in conference play, and his fifth straight appearance of six or more innings and five or more strikeouts.
With the win, Knight stays undefeated in conference play (5-0) and moves his overall record to 6-1 with an ERA of 1.89.
Spanberger led the way, offensively, driving in three RBIs and scoring three runs on a 2-for-3 night at the plate. Since the Missouri series (March 24-26), the junior has hit safely in 12-of-13 games, and has eight multi-hit games during that span.
Bonfield drove in three RBIs of his own, all on the home run, on a 1-for-4 night. It’s his seventh multi-RBI game of the year and fourth game with three or more.