Carson Shaddy did his job as the leadoff man early, but that was about the extent of the Arkansas offense in a 6-2 loss to Gonzaga on Tuesday night at Baum Stadium.
Shaddy singled and tripled in the first two innings. He scored as part of a two-run first, but the Hogs could not take advantage of six walks by lefty starter Calvin LeBrun in something akin to Sunday's 9-0 loss to Loyola Marymount.
The Hogs (9-4) had stranded nine against LMU. They stranded eight against Gonzaga, three apiece by Tyler Spoon and Bret McAfee.
Gonzaga (8-8) didn't get a hit until the fourth, but it was enough to turn 0-2 into 3-2 and put the momentum in the visitor's dugout the rest of the night. James Teague was lifted after two walks in the fourth and reliever Josh Alberius served up a middle-of-the plate fast ball that Justin Jacobs slammed beyond the Gonzaga bullpen in right.
"It was pretty disappointing with the offense," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "It's really about driving in runs. We got two and we started with a bang. Then we had the three-hole (Spoon) caught looking.
"We had two in scoring position with a sac bunt later and didn't do anything. It was bad baseball."
The Hogs had just three hits on Sunday. They had only four against the Bulldogs, the foe at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Van Horn went with an all righthanded lineup against LeBrun, sitting Andrew Benintendi and Clark Eagan until pinch hit roles in the ninth.
"They have only one lefty and we wanted to try to knock him out and then change up our lineup," Van Horn. "We got six walks and were close a couple of times but we couldn't do it."
LeBrun, throwing a running fast ball in on the righthanders, threw 115 pitches, 64 for strikes. He had five strikeouts, three against Krisjohn Wilkerson, making his first start for the Hogs after rehabbing a broken hand.
"We are playing a lot of games in a short time and we wanted to look at some different guys," Van Horn.
After Teague and Alberius, Van Horn pitched side arm relievers Lance Phillips and Jacob Stone. Phillips gave up one run, Stone two.
Van Horn was not sure of the starting pitching for Wednesday. With the SEC opener at Vanderbilt looming Friday, no one will throw much.
"We will staff it," he said. "It will be one inning or two and then someone else."
As far as the Arkansas offense, the only RBI came from Luke Bonfield. The freshman is batting just .143, but his ground out in the first gave him his first college RBI. The other UA run scored on a wild pitch.
Gonzaga 6, Arkansas 2
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