Two seasoned veterans for the Arkansas Razorbacks, Schmidt and Walker played key roles in helping the Diamond Hogs stave off elimination Sunday afternoon at the NCAA Fayetteville Regional in a 6-0 win against Creighton in front of 6,848 in Baum Stadium.
"I thought it was just a great game," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "Nick (Schmidt) pitched a great game. He gave us a chance and we came up with some big hits."
With Schmidt (11-3) doing most of the work on the pitching mound — throwing seven shutout innings while giving up just two hits — most of the Arkansas offense was provided by Walker.
Despite entering the game on a 2-for-24 slump, the Razorbacks' left-handed hitting junior catcher had a careerlike game against the Blue Jays (45-16).
In four at-bats, Walker went a perfect 4-for-4 with two home runs — both against left-handed pitchers — and three runs scored.
"His overall batting average might be better against left-handers," Van Horn said. "He stays in there real well against left-handers and he just had a great game."
Travis Hill worked the final two innings for Arkansas on the mound, as the Razorbacks avoided going 1-2 at their own regional for a second consecutive year.
"We just didn't hit the ball well enough and didn't play good enough defense to beat a team like Arkansas in their own park," Creighton coach Ed Servais said.
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