Hogs edge USC Trojans 8-6

Arkansas past Kent State

LOS ANGELES — Junior Jack Kenley hit a career-high three RBI to lead the Arkansas Razorbacks past the USC Trojans 8-6 Friday night at Dedeaux Field.

Kenley had two hits on the evening along with sophomore Casey Martin. Kenley also batted in Christian Franklin in the top of the ninth inning for an all important insurance run.

“He played great defense and then he got two really big hits, which were both big two-out hits that got us within one in the fourth and in the ninth that doubled our lead,” said Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn. “The difference between a two-run lead and a one-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth on the road is huge. It was great to see him swing the bat so well. We’ve seen it in practice and in scrimmages a lot. Now, he’s taken it to the field.”

Redshirt junior Isaiah Campbell went 5.1 innings and allowed six runs with just three being earned. The Diamond Hogs committed errors in the third inning that led to four runs for the Trojans. Campbell returned to his stride and fanned three in the fourth and fifth innings. The win improves Campbell’s record to 2-0 on the year and has at least five innings with five strikeouts in both of his games.

Junior Matt Cronin earned his second save in as many days as he pitched a perfect ninth with a strikeout on 11 pitches.

Said Van Horn: “Bottom line, we found a way to come back and win the ballgame tonight. It started off well, but we had a bad defensive inning. We left a lot of runners out there, but we got three or four really big two-out hits. Just proud of the team, fighting back to win. It was really good to see Campbell come back after giving up a few runs in the third and give us two quality innings that really helped us save our bullpen.”

Arkansas and USC will finish up Saturday with game three set for an 8:00 p.m. first pitch at Dedeaux Field.