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Hogs' pitching dominant in 2-0 win in NLR, Memphis bunt breaks up no-hitter

Razorbacks beat Memphis 2-0 at Dickey-Stephens Park (KATV Photo)

A two-run blast by Chad Spanberger and a stellar start by sophomore Kacey Murphy on the mound led the 14th-ranked Razorback baseball team to a 2-0 victory over Memphis Wednesday night at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

One night after plating 16 runs against the Tigers, the Razorbacks only needed the two off Spanberger’s fifth inning home run to finish the midweek sweep in front of 8.974 fans. Six hits were totaled in the game by the Hogs, two each by Spanberger and sophomore Jax Biggers.

The win ups Arkansas’ record to 31-8 for the season, and drops Memphis to 21-17. It’s the sixth win in a row for the Hogs as they go into their weekend series at Auburn and 11th-straight during midweek games.

Murphy held Memphis hitless until the seventh inning and only walked one batter in the fourth. The lone hit came on a bunt single by Chris Carrier with one out, but he was picked off in the next at-bat to complete the seventh scoreless frame for Murphy.

"For a midweek ballgame and have (Kacey) Murphy come out and give us seven strong innings, it kept us in the ballgame against one of their better pitchers. He gave us a chance to win and we had enough offense to win the game. I think Murphy gained a lot of experience and confidence with this. Overall, it was a good night for us," Dave Van Horn said.

Watch the video above to see his reaction to the bunt.

Murphy finished with seven innings pitched and seven strikeouts. The inning total is a career-high and the strikeouts are the third most in a game this year.

Redshirt senior Josh Alberius came in to pitch the eighth and ninth innings, needing only 15 pitches to get the final six outs and his second save of the year.

The combined one-hitter is the first for a Razorback team since Colin Poche’ and Cade Lynch achieved the feat over seven innings against New Orleans on February 19, 2013.

Arkansas travels to No. 9 Auburn this weekend.

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