FAYETTEVILLE - The No. 25 Arkansas baseball team won its 20th consecutive season opener with a 12-2 defeat of Appalachian State on Friday in front of an announced attendance of 7,203. The win also was the program’s 400th victory inside Baum Stadium.
Starting pitcher Jalen Beeks threw six shutout innings, allowing just three hits, to earn the win in his first start as a Razorback. The junior team captain from Prairie Grove, Ark., threw 72 pitches, 50 for strikes, in an efficient six-inning effort. Juniors Jackson Lowery and Lance Phillips also threw one shutout inning each in relief.
Juniors Brian Anderson, Krisjon Wilkerson and Joe Serrano led the way offensively for Arkansas. Anderson was 3-for-5 at the plate with two doubles and three RBI, all of which came on a bases-clearing double in the 4th inning that chased Appalachian State starter Jamie Nunn. Wilkerson was also 3-for-5 and hit a two-run homer in the 3rd inning to give Arkansas a 5-0 lead. Serrano was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and also registered an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the 5th to push the Razorback advantage to 9-0.
Arkansas returns to action Saturday at 12:05 p.m. for the middle game of the season-opening, three-game series with Appalachian State. The teams conclude the series Sunday at 1:05 p.m.