Arkansas sweeps doubleheader with South Carolina

By: Matt Jones
Published: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Arkansas second baseman Carson Shaddy runs the bases after hitting a home run during a game against South Carolina on Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Fayetteville.
Photo by Andy Shupe
Arkansas second baseman Carson Shaddy runs the bases after hitting a home run during a game against South Carolina on Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Fayetteville.

Game 2

Arkansas 3, South Carolina 0 - Final

Matt Cronin worked around a two-out single to record his ninth save of the season. He is four shy of Colby Suggs' record for saves in a season, set in 2013.

The entire doubleheader lasted 5 hours, 2 minutes. We'll have much more from this game after postgame interviews.

Arkansas 3, South Carolina 0 - End 6th Inning

Justin Row made a great leaping grab to rob Jordan McFarland of a hit to end the sixth. Here comes Matt Cronin looking for his second save of the day.

Arkansas 3, South Carolina 0 - Bottom 6th Inning

Carson Shaddy just hit his second home run of the day - a two-run shot to left field to give the Razorbacks some insurance runs. Luke Bonfield had reached with a leadoff walk and Hunter Wilson pinch ran for him.

Arkansas 1, South Carolina 0 - Middle 6th Inning

Matt Cronin retired all three batters he faced in the sixth. Twelve consecutive South Carolina batters have been retired.

Cronin has been electric all week. He hasn't allowed a base runner in three appearances.

Arkansas 1, South Carolina 0 - End 5th Inning

Jordan McFarland reached on an infield hit, advanced to second on a sac bunt and to third on a balk, but was stranded when Casey Martin popped up to first base and Eric Cole flied out. The Razorbacks have stranded four.

Matt Cronin, who earned the save in Game 1, is coming in to pitch the sixth. He threw only 13 pitches earlier today.

Arkansas 1, South Carolina 0 - Middle 5th Inning

The Razorbacks got the old Isaiah Campbell on the mound today. He has given up just two hits and a walk through five innings, and struck out Hunter Taylor on a 91 mph fastball to end the top of the fifth.

There are some Arkansas pitchers moving around in the bullpen, but none throwing. Campbell's pitch count is 66.

Arkansas 1, South Carolina 0 - End 4th Inning

Carson Shaddy drew a one-out walk, but was stranded when Grant Koch struck out looking. South Carolina was three-up and three-down in the fourth.

Like the first game, this game is moving along at a brisk pace.

Arkansas 1, South Carolina 0 - End 3rd Inning

The Razorbacks have hit a few hard in the second game without a lot to show. Luke Bonfield's drive to left was caught and stranded Casey Martin in the third inning. Martin walked.

Isaiah Campbell has had a good three innings for Arkansas, allowing two hits and a walk.

Arkansas 1, South Carolina 0 - Middle 2nd Inning

Dominic Fletcher made a great diving catch to rob South Carolina of at least one run, and possibly two, to end the second inning. Fletcher sprinted to his left and dove to catch a line drive by Jacob Olson.

The Gamecocks had put two on with two out after Justin Row reached on an infield fly that fell between several fielders, and Matt Williams walked.

Arkansas 1, South Carolina 0 - End 1st Inning

Luke Bonfield isn't the fastest runner, but he showed off some improved speed in the first. He reached on an infield hit, stole second and scored on a Heston Kjerstad hit to center field. Both hits came with two outs.

South Carolina is throwing right-hander Cody Morris in this game. Morris enters with a 6-2 record and 4.04 ERA.

Arkansas 0, South Carolina 0 - Middle 1st Inning

Isaiah Campbell retired all three South Carolina batters he faced in the first inning. The Razorbacks would love to see a solid performance out of him after he has struggled in four of his last five outings.

Arkansas is going with the same lineup as Game 1, including Casey Martin in the leadoff spot.

Game 1

Arkansas 2, South Carolina 0 - Final

Justin Row slapped a single to left -- well in front of Heston Kjerstad -- for a clean single to break up Kacey Murphy's perfect game. Row was the lead-off batter.

That was Dave Van Horn's cue to pull Murphy after 70 pitches. Murphy exited to a standing ovation from the Baum Stadium crowd.

Lefty Matt Cronin is on to try for his eighth save. Murphy did throw to first on pick-off attempts twice to give Cronin a little time to heat up in the bullpen. Carlos Cortes lined out with center fielder Dominic Fletcher retreating to near the warning track. Madison Stokes was called out on strikes. Row was given second without a throw. McFarland was not holding him at first. Jonah Bride fouled off a pair of two-strike pitches then popped to Heston Kjerstad in shallow left field.

Arkansas 2, South Carolina 0 - End 6th inning

Kacey Murphy fanned Riley Hogan to end the top of the sixth. He's still sailing. He's thrown 64 pitches and not allowed a base runner.

Carson Shaddy was hit by pitch to open the sixth. Dominic Fletcher doubled past the third baseman to put runners at second and third. It was just the fourth hit for the Hogs. With the infield in, Grant Koch bounced out on a checked swing for the first out of the frame. The runners held. Jordan McFarland fouled off two pitches -- one a liner down the line in right -- before striking out. Carolina lifted the starter for John Gilreath to get the lefty-lefty matchup with Jax Biggers. It's Gilreath's 14th appearance, second on the team. Shaddy scored on a wild pitch for a 2-0 lead. Biggers popped out to first in foul territory.

The game is scheduled for seven innings as Murphy returns for the top of the seventh.

Arkansas 1, South Carolina 0 - End 5th inning

Kacey Murphy added another 1-2-3 inning. The Hogs stranded another runner. Casey Martin walked, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Luke Bonfield tapped out to third, with Martin holding. Martin advanced to third on a wild pitch but Heston Kjerstad bounced out to second to end the threat.

Arkansas 1, South Carolina 0 - End 4th Inning

Jax Biggers just stranded two more when he flied out to right to end the fourth. He has stranded four today after stranding five Thursday.

Kacey Murphy continues to deal for the Razorbacks. He has not allowed base runner through four innings, and has been aided by some good defensive plays behind him.

Arkansas 1, South Carolina 0 - End 3rd Inning

Eric Cole reached on a one-out error in the third, but never advanced after a Luke Bonfield strikeout and Heston Kjerstad groundout.

In the top of the inning, Jax Biggers made a great defensive play to make the second out. Biggers ran to his left, then made a great throw to first that hopped into the glove of Jordan McFarland.

Kacey Murphy hasn't allowed a hit through three innings.

Arkansas 1, South Carolina 0 - End 2nd Inning

Jax Biggers flied out to left field to end the inning. Biggers has stranded seven in his last five at-bats.

Arkansas 1, South Carolina 0 - Bottom 2nd Inning

Carson Shaddy hit a one-out solo home run to left-center field to put Arkansas on top. Shaddy, batting fifth, hit a fly ball into the stiff west wind.

The Razorbacks have since put two on with two out after a Grant Koch walk and Jordan McFarland single.

Arkansas 0, South Carolina 0 - End 1st Inning

Neither team reached base in the first. Arkansas went down on a groundout, a strikeout looking and a flyout to center field.

Arkansas 0, South Carolina 0 - Middle 1st Inning

Kacey Murphy struck out two during a perfect first inning for the Razorbacks. Murphy got Carlos Cortes to go around on a 3-2 pitch for the second out, then caught Jonah Tull looking at a 3-2 slider over the plate to end the inning.

Pregame

It is a cold, blustery day in Fayetteville. The wind is howling from the west and the temperature is 41 degrees as we near first pitch.

Both games today are seven innings, in compliance with SEC rules that pertain to the final day of a series. The second game will begin about 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first.

Game 1 will pit South Carolina ace right-hander Adam Hill against Arkansas lefty Kacey Murphy.

The Razorbacks have shaken up their batting order for Game 1, moving Casey Martin into the leadoff role and Jax Biggers to the 9-hole. Other notable changes include Luke Bonfield batting third and Carson Shaddy batting fifth.

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