Hogs sweep, now face Ole Miss

Arkansas set for Rebels in Su­pers

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Nate Allen Ra­zor­back Re­port

FAYET­TEVILLE — Su­per pitch­ing Sun­day night fol­low­ing su­per pitch­ing Satur­day night con­sec­u­tively pitched the Arkansas Ra­zor­backs past TCU to win the Fayet­teville Re­gional fourteam dou­ble-elim­i­na­tion cham­pi­onship at Baum-walker Sta­dium and on to host a best 2 out of 3 Su­per Re­gional against the Ole Miss Rebels next week­end at Baum-walker.

Fel­low SEC West mem­ber Ole Miss, win­ner of the Ox­ford Re­gional it hosted, and Arkansas, 44-17, and the SEC West cocham­pion with Mis­sis­sippi State, will play to be one of the Elite Eight in the Col­lege World Se­ries at Omaha.

Arkansas fresh­man left-handed starter Pa­trick Wick­lan­der, five in­nings, Cody Scrog­gins (2.2 in­nings) and Ja­cob Kostyshock, (1.1 in­nings) com­bined to throw a five-hit shutout with 14 strike­outs against a walk to beat TCU 6-0 Sun­day night be­fore 10,242 paid at Baumwalker.

Satur­day night win­ning starter Isa­iah Camp­bell, a four-hit­ter for eight in­nings, and re­liever Matt Cronin for the ninth, beat TCU ace Nick Lodolo 3-1.

Arkansas opened the tour­na­ment Fri­day af­ter­noon be­hind fresh­man Con­nor Noland be­queath­ing a

6-1 lead af­ter

5.1 in­nings to beat the Cen­tral Con­necti­cut Blue Devils 11-5.

Wick­lan­der threw a three­hit­ter for his five in­nings and stranded run­ners at sec­ond and third af­ter yield­ing a sin­gle and a dou­ble in the fourth and weath­er­ing a 30-minute pregame de­lay be­cause of light­ning that didn’t start the al­ready lat­es­tart­ing game un­til 8:30 pm.

“My thought process was is it’s a big game, just

do what I can, throw up as many ze­roes as pos­si­ble,” Wick­lan­der said. “Whether there was a de­lay or not, just have to keep my head on right, just throw up as many ze­roes as I could.”

Arkansas Coach Dave Van Horn lauded the lefty and right-han­ders Scrog­gins and Kostyshock that fol­lowed.

“I thought it was just an out­stand­ing job by Pa­trick Wick­lan­der,” Van Horn said. “Com­ing out as a fresh­man, packed crowd, a night game, had a lit­tle de­lay. And he just came out and did a tremen­dous job. He only walked one. He did get be­hind some hit­ters, but he found a way to fight back from 3-1, 3-2 to get outs, strike­outs. Our bullpen with Scrog­gins and Kostyshock was great and we had timely hit­ting and great (er­ror­less) de­fense.”

Though hand­cuffed by Arkansas, third-seeded

TCU cuffed sec­ond-seeded Cal­i­for­nia 13-2 Fri­day night and on Sun­day af­ter­noon pounded out 16 hits to beat the sur­pris­ing Blue Devils

9-5 in Sun­day af­ter­noon’s loser’s bracket fi­nal af­ter fourth­seeded CCSU elim­i­nated Cal­i­for­nia 7-4 on Satur­day night.

How Arkansas’ arms de­fused TCU’S other games ex­plo­sive bats im­pressed TCU Coach Jim Schloss­na­gle, whose Horned Frogs of the Big 12 fin­ish a 34-28 sea­son.

“They smother you with strikes, at least they did in the games I saw,” Schloss­na­gle said of Van Horn’s Ra­zor­backs, the na­tional run­ner-up at last year’s Col­lege World Se­ries. “Some guys are pitch­ing off their break­ing balls and they all have power arms. What you ex­pect from a team that played for a na­tional ti­tle last year and cer­tainly is set up to do the same thing. The best team and the team that played the best won this tour­na­ment.”

Arkansas had strug­gled of­fen­sively late in its SEC West co-cham­pi­onship sea­son and in the SEC Tour­na­ment.

But the Hogs hit Cen­tral Con­necti­cut hard Fri­day. They hit in the clutch against TCU Satur­day, par­tic­u­larly Casey Opitz’s game-break­ing 2-run sin­gle.

Sun­day they hit TCU starter Jared Janczak, a

2017 All-amer­i­can off a TCU Col­lege World Se­ries team but strug­gling with in­juries, for three first-in­ning runs ig­nited by Casey Martin’s sin­gle break­ing an 0 for 20 slump, and Matt Good­heart’s sin­gle, Do­minic Fletcher’s 2-run dou­ble and Jack Ken­ley dou­bling Fletcher home.

Janczak set­tled in from there un­til the fifth when Good­heart’s two-out, 2-run home run also scored Trevor Ezell who had sin­gled.

Jack Ken­ley sin­gled home an­other run in off re­liever Augie Mihlbauer in the eighth.

“A lot of good base­ball play­ers,” Schloss­na­gle said. “They are fun to watch when you are in the stands. It’s not that fun in the other dugout.”

CRAVEN WHITLOW/NATE Allen Sports Ser­vice

Arkansas ju­nior Jack Ken­ley slides into sec­ond in a 6-0 shutout over the TCU Horned Frogs in the Fayet­teville Re­gional fi­nal late Sun­day night at Baum-walker Sta­dium in Fayet­teville. Ken­ley led the Ra­zor­backs with a .600 av­er­age in the re­gional.

CRAVEN WHITLOW/NATE Allen Sports Ser­vice

Arkansas ju­nior Ja­cob Kostyshock cel­e­brates af­ter striking out the fi­nal bat­ter in a 6-0 win over the TCU Horned Frogs Sun­day night at Baum-walker Sta­dium in Fayet­teville. The Ra­zor­backs swept the re­gional and will play Ole Miss in the Su­per Re­gional in Fayet­teville.

CRAVEN WHITLOW/ Nate Allen Sports Ser­vice

Arkansas fresh­man pitcher Pa­trick Wick­lan­der throws a pitch in a 6-0 vic­tory over TCU Sun­day night at Baum-walker Sta­dium in Fayet­teville. Wick­lan­der picked up the win pitch­ing five shutout in­nings.

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