As one might think, Arkansas' pitchers took it as a personal affront when Alabama put up 17 runs on the staff last Friday night.
Whether the Crimson Tide were stealing signs or not, they lit up the Razorbacks for 15 hits and centered up many of them.
But since then, Arkansas has now allowed just one run in the last three games and actually have a 24 1/3-inning scoreless streak going after a 6-0 win over Mississippi Valley State Tuesday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader.
Colin Poche pitched five shutout frames and Tyler Spoon went 3-of-4 as the Razorbacks (14-8) dusted the Delta Devils (1-20) – who started the season 0-19 - in the opener of a three-game series.
"I think it (the Alabama loss) was a little bit of a motivator," Poche said. "We saw it as kind of a fluke. Our pitching staff should never give up that many runs. We were kind of determined the next two days to show both us and Alabama that that was not our staff and that we could do a lot better than that."
Poche (2-0) did his part by allowing three hits, fanning six and walking one as he lowered his ERA to 0.42 for the season and continued his push toward getting some weekend pitching time against SEC foes.
"I thought I threw pretty well coming off of last week," Poche said. "I thought my breaking ball was better, fastball command as good and now I just have to work on that change up a little more."
Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said in a pregame interview that is what he is looking for from Poche.
"He is starting to pitch really well, but we have just got to get him going with one more pitch and then he can do some pitching for us on the weekend," Van Horn said.
Poche has now pitched 16.2 innings this season with the five-inning stint on Wednesday his longest of the season and was followed to the mound by Jackson Lowery and Chris Falwell, who both pitched a pair of scoreless frames.
"I still had some left in the tank," Poche said. "I felt pretty good the whole game. I feel like my stuff is getting better each time out,. I have just got to keep building on it."
He talked about what the staff has done well during the streak."
"We have just done a real good job of getting ahead of hitters, keeping them off-balance and when you do that, it is tough on them," Poche said. "We have a lot of talent on this staff. When you working ahead and you have the advantage, it is going to be tough for the other team."
Poche, the only player available during the break between games, was happy to see Arkansas' batters get 10 hits and give him a nice working cushion.
In addition to Spoon's trio of hits, Joe Serrano and Brian Anderson both added a piar of hits, Eric Fisher a two-run double and Jake Wise, Krisjon Wilkerson and Jake Wise all chipped in an RBI.
"They swung it really well," Poche said of the Arkansas hitters. "They did a good job where they scored in four consecutive innings or something like that. Even balls that they were getting out on, they where hitting them hard. That's good to see."
Colin Poche talks to the media after Arkansas' win in the opener of a twinbill on Tuesday.
Arkansas 6, Mississippi Valley State 0
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