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Arkansas 2, Memphis 0

Arkansas nearly threw a combined no-hitter against Memphis on Wednesday.

For most of Wednesday's game, Memphis could not hit Kacey Murphy. In fact, the Tigers' only hit of the game was a bunt single in the seventh inning.

Murphy was none too pleased about Memphis' Chris Carrier breaking one of baseball's unwritten rules and he eventually picked him off, helping Arkansas (31-8) complete the midweek sweep with a 2-0 win over the Tigers at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock.

The bunt brought the tying run to the plate in the form of cleanup hitter Alec Trela, but he lined out and then the pickoff ended the inning. Boos directed at Memphis cascaded down from the crowd of 8,543 and Murphy showed a lot of emotion coming off the field.

In addition to his bunt single to break up the no-hitter, Carrier drew a walk in the fourth inning. He was Memphis' lone base runner all game, as Murphy and Little Rock native Josh Alberius combined for a one-hit shutout and faced one batter over the minimum.

Murphy retired the first 11 batters of the game before the walk and was replaced after seven innings. He improved to 4-0 with seven strikeouts on only 90 pitches. Alberius needed just 15 pitches to throw two perfect innings and earn his second save of the season.

Memphis right-hander Alex Hicks, the Tigers' usual Friday night starter, also had a solid outing, scattering six hits across six innings. He kept the Razorbacks off the scoreboard until the fifth inning, when Chad Spanberger hit a two-run home run.

Spanberger went 2 for 4 to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, during which he is hitting .471 and slugging .882 with 27 RBIs and five home runs.

Arkansas returns to SEC play Friday, beginning a three-game series at Auburn. The Razorbacks lead the SEC West and are No. 12 nationally in the HawgsDaily composite poll, while the Tigers are one game back in the standings and are No. 10.

First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. and it will be streamed on SEC Network+.


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