Louisiana Tech pitched its top two pitchers to win for the first time in Baum Stadium, 3-2, Wednesday afternoon, the first loss of the season in nine games for No. 14 Arkansas.
Tyler Clancy gave the Bulldogs six strong innings, then they got two outs from Friday night starter Phillip Diehl to get out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh inning.
It was clear that the Bulldogs wanted to end their 11-game losing streak in Baum Stadium. Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said the choice of Clancy and Diehl was a clear signal.
"We knew what we had ahead of us when we saw who they were pitching," Van Horn said. "That would be like we went with Dominic Taccolini and then Zach Jackson.
"That was their Friday night guy last year (in Clancy) and he'll be their Friday night guy this year," Van Horn said. "And the second guy has been their Friday night guy. He'd just pitched six innings."
Clancy, senior lefty, had not given up a run in 11 innings before Carson Shaddy hit a solo homer in the first for the Razorbacks. He shut down No. 6 Louisiana-Lafayette in a midweek game last week. Diehl had pitched six innings on Friday night.
Shaddy hit his fourth homer of the year into the teeth of a 20 mph south breeze, just making it into the bullpen in right.
"I was definitely not trying to do that," Shaddy said. "Their guy stays away and I was just trying to stay to the ball."
As for seeing the Tech aces, Shaddy said, "The starter is really good, an SEC type guy, 88-92. It's really cool to have teams come in here with their number one guy, a compliment to us. I wouldn't want it any other way. It gets us ready for SEC play. The number two guy, he was 94 mph and is talented. I was very impressed."
Diehl got a 3-2 strikeout of Clark Eagan with the bases loaded in the seventh. Diehl had walked Shaddy intentionally to get to Eagan. Eagan thought he had drawn a walk on the 3-1 pitch, dropping the bat in the batter's box but umpire Mike Mazza raised his right arm with a late call.
"The 3-2 pitch, he came with a hard slider down," Van Horn said. "He fooled Clark. He had not shown that pitch. He was probably thinking if he throws a fast ball Clark is either going to hit it or it will be ball four. It was definitely down."
Eagan had two hits and an RBI to lead the six-hit UA attack.
Tech (6-2) got the game winner in the sixth when reliever James Teague gave up a double to nine-hole hitter Chandler Hall. A wild pitch allowed Hall to move to third. Reliever Cannon Chadwick then gave up a sacrifice fly to Ralph Gladu.
Hall had three hits and scored two runs. Gladu drove home all three Tech runs.
Shaddy said the Hogs talked about the mindset of coming back from their first loss of the season.
"We are not the Golden State Warriors," he said. "Everyone loses a game. Coach (Tony) Vitello told us it's about how you respond."
The Razorbacks (8-1) play host to Eastern Illinois at 3:05 p.m. Friday.
Attendance at Baum Stadium was 3,677.