FAYETTEVILLE — No errors. Thirty hits. Twenty-five runs. Three runs allowed.

FAYETTEVILLE — No errors. Thirty hits. Twenty-five runs. Three runs allowed.


It was a pretty successful Saturday for Arkansas baseball.


The Razorbacks pelted North Dakota with 11 extra-base hits for a 12-2 win in game one of a doubleheader with North Dakota then racked up another 14 knocks in the 13-2 nightcap victory.


It’s the sixth season-opening three-game sweep for the Razorbacks in the last eight years.


The lineup spread the spoils in the morning opener with 16 total hits. Andrew Benintendi, Brett McAfee and Carson Shaddy each blasted home runs over the wall and Rick Nomura added one of the inside-the-park variety. Clark Eagan, Joe Serrano, Tyler Spoon and Tucker Pennell doubled. And Spoon tripled while Bobby Wernes did the same twice. The only Arkansas starter without an extra-base hit was Luke Bonfield, who singled, anyway.


"I didn’t know we had that many (extra-base hits)," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "I think we had five in one inning but I didn’t know we ended up with that many for the game. … We talked about it before the season. We’re going to try to hit a lot of doubles and so far it’s been good."


Dominic Taccolini allowed an infield single and the following two-run home run to Jeff Campbell in the sixth inning but was otherwise dominant. He worked those six innings, didn’t allow any more runs, a total of four hits with zero walks and eight strikeouts.


North Dakota was outclassed. Its outfielders dropped four fly balls and the team committed five errors on the whole day. Arkansas plated its first two runs in the opener after a pair of them.


McAfee reached in the second inning when Cooper Maas fielded the cleanly fielded the grounder but threw the ball well over the head of first baseman Jeff Campbell. Wernes hit his first triple in the next at-bat and he, too, would score when Tucker Pennell reached on a hot-shot grounder to shortstop called an error.


Arkansas, which had 73 errors last season — third most in the SEC — didn’t have a single one over the opening three-game set.


"You don’t expect to go three games without making an error, usually something will happen. But we played pretty good defense," Van Horn said. "We just played well and didn’t give them anything. They gave us a lot and we took advantage of it."


Arkansas scored two more in the fifth on Benintendi’s leadoff and Nomura’s inside-the-park home runs and another six in the sixth as the Razorbacks batted around.


Eagan and Spoon had the biggest days overall. The duo started both games — Spoon in rightfield and Eagan at first base then leftfield — and combined to go 10 for 17 with five runs, seven RBIs, two doubles and a triple.


Chad Spanberger and Cullen Gassaway each recorded the first starts in their Arkansas career in the second game. Spanberger went 3 for 5 as the designated hitter with four RBIs and a triple. Gassaway started at first and went 3 for 4 with a double, RBI, two runs and a walk.


Zach Jackson started the late game and threw four innings, recorded eight strikeouts and allowed the lone North Dakota run.


Van Horn didn’t put too much into the sweep of North Dakota, a team predicted ninth in the Western Athletic Conference. The first real test comes next weekend when the Razorbacks travel to Mobile, Ala., to play Central Florida, South Alabama and Maryland over three days, Feb. 20-22.


"We’ve got our hands full next weekend and they know that. It’s going to be a major challenge playing a couple of ranked teams plus the home team in their ball park in South Alabama," Van Horn said. "I know Friday, I think we’ll face a pitcher that was, I don’t know, about 10-2 with 1.50 ERA last year, so it’ll be a big weekend to see where we’re at."


BAUM BITES: Shaddy’s home run in Saturday’s opener was the first of his career, in his second game … Parker Sanburn made his Arkansas debut in the opener, throwing two innings without giving up a hit and striking out three. Sanburn’s older brother, Nolan, pitched for Arkansas from 2011-2012. … Wernes was the first Razorbacks player since 2003 with two triples in a game (Ryan Fox). … 2B Max Hogan, INF Matt Campbell, OF Jack Benninghoff, OF Krisjon Wilkerson, INF Kevin Silky, OF Darien Simms and pitchers Ryan Fant were the only players on the roster not to play in the series.