Arkansas sweeps Grand Canyon in doubleheader

Courtesy -- Arkansas Communications

By Mark Lane (@therealmarklane)

 

FAYETTEVILLE — The Arkansas Razorbacks dispatched the Grand Canyon Antelopes 11-2 and then 6-1 Wednesday at Baum Stadium.

The first game was postponed in the bottom of the second inning on Tuesday and then resumed Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. with Luke Bonfield at the plate.

The most impressive performance of the day came from sophomore lefty Kacey Murphy who struck out a career-high 10 batters over four innings in the second game of the doubleheader. The Rogers Heritage product struck out the side from the second through the fourth inning and only had two outs recorded in the field, a double play that ended the first inning.

“It’s my job, I go out there and I’m told to throw strikes,” said Murphy. “It’s my first priority and things just happen the way they do. Fill it up, get ahead, and strikeouts are just a plus.”

The 10 strikeouts by Murphy is his third such game this year with six or more strikeouts and is the most since his nine-strikeout game against ULM on March 8, his first career start.

Arkansas now carries a 24-6 record into their weekend series with the LSU Tigers, who are 20-10 on the year and 5-4 in the Southeastern Conference. Arkansas’ 24-6 start is their best since 2010, when the Hogs also started 24-6 that season. The Razorbacks ultimately finished 43-21.

“We’re over that stretch where we found a lot of different ways to win, whether it’s been hitting the ball out of the park,” said head coach Dave Van Horn. “There’s been some games where we’ve pitched well or made plays defensively. That’s kind of what it’s all about. You have to be able to do a little bit of everything to go on a run like this. The team’s confident and they seem to pick each other up well.”