FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After scoring a combined 46 over the previous two games, the third-ranked Razorback baseball team only needed three runs to secure a sweep over Bucknell Sunday afternoon, winning 3-1 at Baum Stadium.
Arkansas’ hitters scattered nine hits over the course of the game and got a key home run from junior Eric Cole in the seventh inning to provide the insurance run. Cole finished the game a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with his lone run and RBI coming off his first long ball of the year.
On the mound, redshirt junior right-hander Keaton McKinney made his first appearance since 2016 after having to go through Tommy John surgery last year. The Iowa native looked good through two innings, giving up just one run on one hit with two walks and two strikeouts. He was limited to a pitch count as he faced eight batters and threw 44 pitches.
Following him, fans got to see the arms of sophomore Matt Cronin, freshmen Caleb Bolden and Jackson Rutledge, and junior Jake Reindl, respectively. Cronin ended up earning the win after throwing a scoreless third inning. Bolden had the longest outing with three innings of work and one hit allowed. Reindl ended up with the save as he battled back from a lead-off double in the ninth and struck out the final batter.
The opening weekend sweep was Arkansas’ fifth straight dating back to 2014. The 49 runs produced over the three-game stretch is easily the most by an Arkansas team over its first three games of the year since 1997 when the Hogs plated 60 runs against ULM, Missouri Southern, and Iowa.