On Tuesday, the No. 4 Razorbacks cut it as close as they could.
Dominic Ficociello hit a leadoff home run in the seventh inning, giving Arkansas its only run in a 1-0 win over Gonzaga at Baum Stadium.
"You can't get any lower and win it," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "I just think our pitchers did a tremendous job.
"I felt good, but I didn't know if it would be enough. I felt they might score a run, but we had the last at-bat. Once we got past the eighth, I felt good going into the ninth."
The Razorbacks (15-2) recorded their third shutout in the last four games by throwing five pitchers. Colby Suggs earned the win with a scoreless sixth inning and Barrett Astin recorded his fourth save this season.
"After the first couple of weekends we talked and realized we weren't good enough yet," Astin said of Arkansas' heralded pitching staff. "We still aren't good enough, but we try to get better every day.
"Our arms are in shape and we compete well against the other team. We're competing against each other, too, because we have a lot of good pitchers."
Arkansas' pitchers worked out of several jams Tuesday. After inheriting two runs in scoring position from starter Chris Oliver, Razorbacks reliever Cade Lynch worked around a walk of his own to strand the bases loaded in the fourth inning.
Shortstop Tim Carver had earlier turned a double play to work around a runner in scoring position in the second inning and Suggs stranded a runner at third base in the seventh.
Gonzaga (10-4) left eight runners on-base, including four in scoring position.
Ficociello's home run was the highlight of a frustrating performance at the plate for the Razorbacks. Arkansas recorded only three hits - two by Ficociello - and had two runners picked-off at first base.
The Razorbacks' only other threat came in the fifth inning when Sam Bates reached with a walk, stole second and advanced to third on an error with no outs. But Bo Bigham struck out, and Jake Wise and Derrick Bleeker each grounded out to end the inning.
Gonzaga pitcher Billy Moon threw a complete game, striking out two batters and walking three.
"We probably hit six or seven balls hard," Van Horn said. "We probably had another four- or five-pitch at-bats where we battled but came up empty.
"They're solid. They have a very good lineup and they have one of the more physical teams we've played."
The two teams will meet again Wednesday at 3:05 p.m. in the finale of the midweek series. Junior left-hander Trent Daniel will get the start for Arkansas, while Gonzaga has yet to name its starter.