Arkansas 6, Creighton 2

Chad Spanberger homered and drove home four with three hits to lead Arkansas to a 6-2 victory over Creighton at Baum Stadium.

Chad Spanberger cracked a two-run homer, an RBI double and an RBI single to lead Arkansas past Creighton, 6-2, Tuesday night at Baum Stadium.

The Hogs (22-15) ended a five-game home losing streak over the last two weekends. Creighton (25-8) entered as the Big East Conference leader at 5-1.

Isaiah Campbell pitched three scoreless innings to start the game, getting his third win of the season. Doug Willey got the last four outs to end the game, recording his third save.

"Campbell threw nice for two or three innings" Van Horn said. "He has a good fast ball and he's starting to develop a curve ball. He's got a chance to be good. That fast ball is downhill and can be tough, but he just needs to keep developing that breaker."

Spanberger was 3 for 3 with a walk. His four RBI tied his career high. Michael Bernal, moved to the cleanup spot, got two hits to raise his average to .307.

"That was a good night for Spanberger," Van Horn said. "It was nice to get that home run in the second and get a lead for the first time in a couple of weekends.

"He had good at bats. The first one, he took a slider down, then the pitcher missed. So it's 2-0 and he got a mistake fast ball and hit it over the fence. He hit it hard the next time for an RBI to the right of the second baseman. The next at bat, he went the other way on a two-strike pitch and drove it to the gap in left center, a great at bat."

Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn had other twists to his lineup. He moved Carson Shaddy to centerfield with Cody Scroggins starting at third base. Both made nice defensive plays. Van Horn said they'll likely play the same spots at Kentucky in the Thursday through Saturday series.

"I wanted to see that look and I liked it," Van Horn said. "I might just go with it. Why not? I know Carson has played center field. I saw him in high school and he'd catch the first game and play center in the second. He made a great break on a ball in the eighth.

"I thought Cody played well at third. The best play he made was letting a bunt go foul and that might have kept them out of a big inning, who knows."

Scroggins had two chances, handled perfectly. He started a double pla

The weekend rotation will be Dominic Taccolini on Thursday, Zach Jackson on Friday and Keaton McKinney on Saturday.

Jackson has started the last two weekends, but to end the series. He moves up a day this weekend with the early start for ESPN.

"We wanted to just go ahead and tell him he was (starting)," Van Horn said. "We wanted to ease his mind. He's got five days rest. If it goes good, we might just leave him at Friday (to open the Texas A&M series)."


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