Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and Biletnikoff Award.
Diamond Hogs finish off Evansville
Trey Killian delivers a pitch during Arkansas' 10-2 win over Evansville on Feb. 24, 2012 at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas' freshmen continue to come through in a big way early this season.
Pitchers Trey Killian and Colin Poche combined to allow three hits in seven innings Sunday as the No. 1 Razorbacks completed a three-game sweep of Evansville with a 10-2 win at Baum Stadium.
Killian didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning in his first start on the mound. With a 3-0 lead, the right-hander gave up two runs in the frame before Poche came in to retire Michael Eckstein, stranding a runner.
After retiring all nine batters he faced last weekend, Killian retired the first 12 he faced Sunday. Poche also added to an impressive start to the year, adding 2 1/3 scoreless innings to his five shutout innings in a Tuesday win against New Orleans.
Jacob Mahan's solo home run extended Arkansas' lead to 4-2 in the sixth before the Razorbacks scored five more in the seventh. One day after failing to come through with timely hits and stranding 12 runners, Arkansas recorded a season-high 15 hits.
The Razorbacks (7-1) gave Killian some breathing room with a two-run first inning and extended the lead to 3-0 on a Jake Wise RBI single in the fourth. Wise, the catcher, finished with 3 RBIs.
Evansville starter Kyle Lloyd pitched six innings, allowing four runs on eight hits. The Purple Aces fell to 1-5 this season.
Arkansas will next play No. 20 Arizona State on Thursday in Surprise, Ariz.
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