In college baseball, as the weekend develops so does the offense. Pitching runs out and the scoring takes off.
It didn't work out that way in San Diego this weekend when Arkansas won three of four from San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Hogs took the series finale, 5-2, on Sunday afternoon to win three of four from the Aztecs. The only SDSU victory came Saturday night when the Aztecs rallied for two in the bottom of the ninth for a 3-2 triumph. The Hogs won the first two by 12-4 and 11-6 counts.
Arkansas led all the way. The Hogs got two in the third, two in the fifth and a solo run in the seventh, but had to fight off the Aztecs in the eighth.
Cade Lynch, Barrett Astin and Trent Daniel supplied the pitching for the Hogs in the finale. Lynch, sophomore, from Jonesboro, blanked the Aztecs on three hits through six innings. Lynch threw 102 pitches, 65 for strikes. Astin got three outs in the seventh, but struggled in the eighth when SDSU rallied for two runs. Daniel gave up one hit in the eighth, but pitched a perfect ninth for the save.
"It was basically a pitcher's duel," Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. "It looked like it was going to get crazy on our end. We couldn't get a big hit to put the game away. James (McCann) hit that home run to make the score 5-0, but we knew it was still going to be a tight game. They got it going with some walks and a sacrifice fly in the eighth. I thought we played great defense all weekend."
Lynch is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in five appearances covering 20 innings. The sophomore transfer was making his third start. He has 26 strikeouts against only seven walks and has allowed only three runs.
"Once Cade (Lynch) got through the first inning, we felt good," Van Horn said. "If he starts out a little slow, he'll zoom through the next few innings. Anytime he got into trouble, he always found a way to make pitches. I'm proud of him. He had a really good outing."
McCann scored three runs, had two hits and cracked his first home run of the season. A native of nearby Santa Barbara, Calif., McCann was steady throughout the weekend. He's raised his average to .367, third on the team.
Collin Kuhn, also playing well on the weekend, had two RBI in the game. He knocked in the game's first run with a groundout and later knocked in one run with a sacrifice fly. Eric Fisher added a sacrifice fly for the Hogs. Another UA run scored on a wild pitch.
The 13-2 Hogs travel home Monday, then play host to Kansas on Tuesday with a 3:05 p.m. start. They open conference play Friday night at Auburn.
Arkansas 5, San Diego State 2
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