March 22, 2013
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Around the Bases
Spoon, Anderson spark
Arkansas to win at South Carolina
By Phil Stanton
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Tyler Spoon and Brian
Anderson both had good games in one inning.
The Arkansas pair each had two hits, two runs and
two RBI in a nine-run fourth in downing South Carolina 15-3
Friday evening in the SEC series opener in front of 7,616 chilly
fans at Carolina Stadium.
Spoon had a leadoff single to right center in the
fourth and Anderson followed with a base hit to left center just
past the glove of diving shortstop Joey Pankake. Matt Vinson
beat out a bunt for a base hit to load the bases. Dominic
Ficociello struck out looking before consecutive walks to Willie
Schwanke and Jake Wise forced in the first two runs. Jacob
Morris roped a ground-rule double to left center to bring home a
pair to make it 4-0. A wild pitch brought home a fifth run for
Arkansas. Spoon’s two-run single chased starter Evan Beal and
Anderson deposited Forrest Koumas’ first pitch over the wall in
left as the Razorbacks took a 9-0 lead.
After three scoreless frames, Beal (2-1, 3.2 IP,
6 H, 4 BB, 6 K) had allowed one run in his first 19 innings of
the season. He surrendered eight in the top of the fourth.
“Congratulations to Arkansas,” said South
Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook. “I guess you can see why they
were the preseason No. 1 team in the country. The game got away
from us there in the fourth inning. We had a number of walks and
couldn’t make a pitch to get out of the inning. You can’t do
that on Friday night in this league and expect to win.”
Barrett Astin (2-1, 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 5 K)
tossed five scoreless innings before the Gamecocks put up three
in the sixth. LB Dantzler and Grayson Greiner both had RBI
doubles and scored for the Gamecocks (2-2, 18-4).
Arkansas (2-2, 15-7) had another big inning in
the seventh as Jacob Mahan and Spoon delivered two-run singles
in a five-run frame as the visitors pushed the lead to 14-3.
Mahan doubled and scored the final run in the ninth for the
Spoon finished with three hits, two runs and five
RBI. Mahan had two hits, three runs and two RBI.
This was the first game in which South Carolina
gave up double-figure runs this season. Previous high was seven
in second game of season, 8-7 home win over Liberty.
Arkansas now owns a 33-28 lead in the all-time
series with South Carolina. The Gamecocks had won two straight
(both at the 2012 College World Series) and eight of the past 11
meetings with the Razorbacks.