After allowing just five runs while splitting the first two games of the event, the No. 4 Razorbacks' pitchers came up big time and again Sunday in a 7-3 win over No. 21 Texas at Minute Maid Park.
DJ Baxendale allowed two runs in five strong innings before giving way to his bullpen. Nolan Sanburn gave up one run on a wild pitch and Barrett Astin retired all six batters he faced as the Razorbacks beat their former Southwest Conference nemesis.
"Sanburn had good stuff, but got behind a little too much for me. Barrett was outstanding. It was incredible."
Astin entered the game with two Texas runners on base and no outs. He struck out two batters in the eighth and two more in the ninth, recording his second save in three days.
"He had a lot better stuff today," Van Horn said. "He had command of everything and the ball was moving all over the place.
"Today he was champing at the bit to get into the game. When he did…it was great to see."
Astin had struggled with his velocity in a two-inning save against Texas Tech on Friday. That wasn't an issue Sunday as the right-hander recorded four of Arkansas' 10 strikeouts.
"I think we showed how deep we can go," Astin said. "In a three-game series away from home, we showed some experience today.
"It's good to face good teams. It's good to come out with a couple of wins."
Arkansas (11-2) jumped on Texas early, recording hits in its first three at-bats. Dominic Ficociello's 2-run double scored Tim Carver and Jimmy Bosco, but Ficociello was stranded at third to end the inning.
Jonathan Walsh and Kirby Bellow each recorded RBI hits in the second and third innings for the Longhorns (4-7), but Matt Reynolds' one-out fourth inning solo home run over the 19-foot wall in left field gave Arkansas a 3-2 lead it never relinquished.
The Razorbacks chased Texas freshman right-hander Ricky Jacquez after four innings. The freshman threw 85 pitches and struck-out five.
"We felt like we were going to get him," Van Horn said. "It was just a matter of when."
Baxendale, who improved to 4-0 this season, retired all three batters he faced in the fourth and worked around a leadoff hit in the fifth. He stranded four base runners in scoring position and never trailed.
Arkansas took control of the game by scoring four runs in the top of the fifth inning off Texas left-handed reliever Dillon Peters, who recorded only one out.
Bo Bigham led off the inning with a single, advanced on a sacrifice bunt and wild pitch, and scored on a Bosco fielder's choice RBI. Joe Serrano added a pinch-hit RBI single, Matt Vinson a bases-loaded walk and Jake Wise a sacrifice fly RBI in the frame.
Arkansas had scored just three runs against Texas Tech and one run in a loss to Houston on Saturday.
"The offense came on great today," Baxendale said. "We really swung the bat well, put the ball in play and created some havoc.
"We were really disappointed with yesterday's loss and we rallied around one another. We wanted to start another win streak."