Van Horn earns 1,000th win as UA sweeps DH
FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn earned his 1,000th career win on Saturday as No. 19 Arkansas swept a doubleheader vs. San Diego State at Baum Stadium. The Razorbacks won game one of the doubleheader, 8-2, and completed the sweep with a 4-1 win in the nightcap.
With the doubleheader sweep, the Razorbacks won all four games of their weekend series vs. San Diego State. Arkansas improves to 11-5 with the twinbill sweep, while San Diego State dropped to 7-9 with the pair of losses.
Coach Van Horn reached a major career milestone with the win in the first game of the doubleheader. Coach Van Horn earned his 1,000th career victory in Arkansas' 8-2 victory. The Razorback skipper now has a career record of 1,001-468 in 25 years of coaching, while his record at the UA is 416-228.
Tyler Spoon had a hit in each game of the doubleheader to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. Spoon went 3-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and two runs scored in the first game and 1-for-4 in the second game. Jacob Mahan went 4-for-6 in the doubleheader with a RBI and a run scored, while Eric Fisher went 3-for-7 with a RBI and two runs scored.
Game 1 Recap: Killian tosses seven no hit innings as Arkansas wins 8-2
Freshman right hander Trey Killian worked seven no hit innings and struck out seven as Arkansas defeated San Diego State, 8-2, in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.
Killian (2-1) was outstanding on the mound en route to earning his second win of the season. Killian opened the game by retiring the first 17 batters he faced until a two-out walk in the top of the sixth. In the seventh, Killian had a runner reach via an error, but he induced a 4-6-3 double play from the next batter and then struck out the last batter of the seventh to keep the no hitter intact. He left after the seventh, striking out seven and just issuing the one walk in seven innings.
Tyler Wright retired both batters he faced in the top of the ninth, including one strikeout.
San Diego State starter Ryan Doran (2-2) took the loss, giving up three runs on eight hits and striking out two in five innings.
At the plate, Arkansas recorded 12 hits, its most hits in a game since the Razorbacks had 15 hits in the series finale vs. Evansville on Feb. 24. Four different players had multiple hits in the game, led by Jacob Mahan and Tyler Spoon, who each had three hits. Mahan was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a RBI and a run scored, while Spoon was 3-for-4 with his third homer of the season, two RBI and two runs scored. Brian Anderson went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Eric Fisher also had two hits and scored a run.
San Diego State managed just two hits in the game. Tim Zier had a hit and a RBI, while Mitch Bluman also added a hit.
Arkansas struck first with two runs in the bottom of the second. With one out, Fisher doubled to the right-center field gap and he advanced to third on a ground out by Jordan Farris. Brett McAfee drove home Fisher with an RBI infield single. Mahan then sliced a double down the left field line and into the corner, scoring McAfee from first base to put the Razorbacks on top 2-0.
The Razorbacks added another run in the bottom of the fifth when Spoon led off the inning with his third homer of the season, a solo blast over the wall in left field.
Arkansas broke the game open with five runs in the bottom of the sixth. Farris drew a leadoff walk. McAfee laid down a sacrifice bunt, but the third baseman couldn't field it, allowing McAfee to reach on an E5. Farris was able to take third on the play when the Aztecs failed to cover the bag after the error. A walk to Mahan loaded the bases for Joe Serrano, who was hit by a pitch to make the score 4-0. Spoon then grounded a single into left field to score McAfee and keep the bases loaded for Anderson, who followed with a two-RBI single to center field to stretch the lead to 7-0. Jake Wise closed the scoring in the inning with a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Spoon.
The Aztecs didn't manage their first hit in the game until one out in the top of the eighth when Bluman singled to right field off Colby Suggs. San Diego State would avoid the shutout by scoring twice in the top of the ninth on a RBI single by Zier and a RBI groundout by Justin Gheorghe.
Game 2 Recap: Four-run seventh lifts Arkansas to doubleheader sweep
Arkansas broke a scoreless tie with four runs in the bottom of the seventh as the Razorbacks defeated San Diego State, 4-1, in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.
Randall Fant, Michael Gunn and Barrett Astin combined to allow just one run on seven hits in the contest. Michael Gunn (1-0) earned his first win of the season, retiring all three batters he faced in his one inning of relief.
Randall Fant started on the mound for the Razorbacks and pitched well, tossing six shutout innings and giving up four hits with three strikeouts. Barrett Astin closed the game by giving up a run on three hits and striking out a pair in two innings.
San Diego State reliever Bubba Derby (1-1) took the loss after allowing four runs on five hits in 1.2 innings. Aztec starter Ethan Miller threw six scoreless innings and struck out five, but received a no decision.
Along with earning the win, Gunn also reached base all three times at the plate, going 2-for-2 and also drawing a walk. Jacob Morris had a two-RBI triple and scored a run, while Eric Fisher and Brett McAfee also had a RBI in the victory.
Danny Sheehan had two hits and drove in a run to lead the Aztecs offensively. John Spirk added a hit and scored a run.
Neither team was able to get much going offensively until the bottom of the seventh, when Arkansas broke through with four runs. With one out, Gunn walked and Jake Wise singled to right to put runners on first and second. Fisher then lined a single to center field, scoring Matt Vinson, who had pinch ran for Gunn, from second base and advancing Wise to third. Fisher was able to take second on the throw to the plate. Morris then ripped a triple into the left-center field alley, scoring both Wise and Fisher to make the score 3-0. McAfee then laid down a perfect safety squeeze bunt back to the pitcher. The SDSU pitcher attempted to bare hand the ball and throw home, but he was unable to make the play as Morris was safe at home and McAfee reached on an infield bunt single.
San Diego State didn't go quietly in the ninth, scoring a run and getting the tying run to the plate. Spirk led off the inning with a single to right and then stole second with one out. Jake Romanski lined a single to center field to advance Spirk to third. Sheehan drove in a run with a single to right-center to trim the lead to 4-1. With Tyler France at the plate as the tying run, Astin induced a 6-4-3 double play to end the game and give Arkansas the series sweep.
Arkansas continues its nine-game homestand on Tuesday and Wednesday as it faces Alabama A&M in a two-game series. Tuesday's game is set for a 6:35 p.m. start, while first pitch for Wednesday's game is at 3:05 p.m. Tickets for both games are available by visiting the online ticket center at ArkansasRazorbacks.com, calling 1-800-982-HOGS (4647) or on gameday at Baum Stadium, while supplies last.