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Murphy baffles A&M for series clincher on Senior Day

Murphy baffles A&M for series clincher on Senior Day (KATV photo)

The sixth-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks got another strong outing from their starting pitcher Saturday afternoon as junior lefty Kacey Murphy twirled 7.1 scoreless innings on 108 pitches to help the Hogs to a 3-1 victory over No. 20 Texas A&M.

The win is Arkansas’ (35-15, 16-10 SEC) ninth in a row at home and 14th of the year by two runs or less. Saturday’s win also clinches the series over the Aggies (34-16, 12-14 SEC) and guarantees that Arkansas will finish the 2018 regular-season undefeated in series played at Baum Stadium.

The Razorbacks are now 29-3 in home games this year, including one game played at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock, Arkansas. 28 of those wins, however, have come at Baum Stadium and puts this year’s team just three away from tying the record for most wins at Baum Stadium in a single season.

For the second day in a row, the Arkansas starting pitcher handcuffed the Texas A&M offense as Murphy went a career-long 7.1 innings, scattering just four hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

It’s the sixth start in a row that Murphy has worked five or more innings and his fifth in his last six with five or more strikeouts.

Junior Barrett Loseke finished off the game’s final 1.2 innings to pick up his third save of the year. He wasn’t able to preserve the shutout as Texas A&M got a sacrifice fly in the ninth to cut the lead the two. However, Loseke did strike out the final batter with two runners on, giving him 22 strikeouts in his last six outings.

Arkansas and Texas A&M will finish the three-game series on Sunday with first pitch at Noon at Baum Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and it will be the final home game of the 2018 regular season.

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