Ryne Stanek struck-out a career-high seven batters and Barrett Astin worked around a ninth inning jam to lift the No. 4 Razorbacks to a 3-1 win over Texas Tech at Minute Maid Park.
Astin allowed two runners to reach with nobody out in the top of the ninth inning, but struck-out three consecutive batters to end the contest.
"He showed us something there," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "He threw the ball real well."
"He was out; no doubt about it," Van Horn said. "That's life on the road. You've got to learn to live with it and overcome."
Astin earned his second save of the season pitching two innings in relief of Stanek, who improved to 3-0 this year.
The sophomore starter pitched seven innings and was dominant early. After allowing a lead-off single in the first inning, Stanek retired eight consecutive batters.
"I wasn't really nervous; I was really excited more than anything," Stanek said. "Playing in a venue like this is awesome. We were playing a good team and it was a good test for us. I just wanted to do what I could to help us compete and win."
Stanek got plenty of help from his defense. Arkansas turned double plays in the first and fourth innings, and shortstop Tim Carver made a diving stop and throw to rob a hit in the seventh.
"Carver made just an incredible play up the middle and (Dominic) Ficociello picked the ball out of the dirt," Van Horn said. "That was their lead-off hitter, so that was big."
Sam Bates' 2-run home run in the first inning was all the run support Stanek would need. Bates' third home run of the season was a towering one into the second level of the right field seats.
"He got all of it," Van Horn said. "It was a change-up and the pitcher left it up. If it was down, he might have swung through it or got a single. He stayed on it and crushed it."
Arkansas added a run in the fourth inning on a safety bunt by Jacob Morris, which scored Matt Reynolds from third base to give the Razorbacks a 3-0 lead.
Texas Tech's only run came in the sixth inning on Reid Redman's two-out RBI single. Stanek worked around a lead-off hit in the seventh.
The right-hander won his fifth consecutive start dating back to last season's Southeastern Conference Tournament.
"He's lights-out when he's on," Astin said. "He figured it out toward the end of last season. He's going to be good."
Stanek out-dueled Duke von Schamann, who scattered seven hits over 7 1/3 innings for the Red Raiders (8-2).
The Texas Tech right-hander had a career-high seven strikeouts retired 10 consecutive Arkansas batters before issuing his only walk with two outs in the seventh inning.
"That's a veteran guy and he just got better," Van Horn said. "He elevated his fastball and we were swinging at it out of the zone.
"He spotted it up real well."
The Razorbacks will face Houston on Saturday at noon.