Razorbacks Down Nebraska

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas freshman Collin Kuhn is supposed to be filling in for Chase Leavitt while the senior recovers from a hamstring injury.

But the way Kuhn has been hitting in the leadoff spot, Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn may have to find him a permanent place in the lineup when Leavitt returns.

Kuhn continued an impressive stretch Tuesday, going 2-for-4 in Arkansas' 7-3 win against Nebraska in front of 7,681 in Baum Stadium.

He led off the game with a double and scored the first run. He drove in another run with a double in the second. And he reached base a total of three times and scored two runs against Nebraska (11-6-1).

"When Leavitt comes back, he'll probably stay in the lineup somewhere whether he's hitting eight, nine or two," Van Horn said. "I made the comment last month he may end up being our leadoff hitter next year and right now he's earning it."

Kuhn was coming off a strong weekend in Arkansas' three-game sweep of Florida. It carried over to Tuesday's game against the Cornhuskers.

But Kuhn wasn't alone in his success at the plate against Nebraska, which used nine pitchers.

The Razorbacks (13-3) got four extra base hits in the first two innings off starter Erik Bird (0-1) to grab a 4-1 lead. Kuhn had two doubles, drove in a run and scored another. Ben Tschepikow also had a big hit, clubbing a two-run home run in the first inning to get the Razorbacks on the scoreboard. It was his team-leading, sixth home run this season.

Arkansas didn't score again until the seventh, when designated hitter Travis Sample provided some insurance with a bases loaded double. The hit cleared the bases and gave Arkansas a 7-1 lead.

It was the last of Arkansas' five extra base hits.

"It was really good to see Sample come through with that big hit," Van Horn said. "That's what he did all fall and it's in there. Maybe he'll break loose."

The offense set the table for an interesting night on the mound for Arkansas' pitching staff.

The Razorbacks used four pitchers — including starter Brett Eibner — to hold the Cornhuskers to four hits.

In fact, Arkansas didn't allow a hit through seven innings despite walking seven batters. Nebraska's Jeff Tezak broke up the no-hit bid with a single off reliever Scott Limbocker, but it didn't change the outcome.

Mike Bolsinger, who is still getting back in shape after missing the start of the season with mononucleosis, earned the win for the Razorbacks after throwing four scoreless innings in relief of Eibner on Tuesday.

Bolsinger (2-0) turned in his best effort in the third with the bases loaded. He retired three straight to end the inning without giving up a run.

"I zoned in," Bolsinger said. "Once I got in a groove, my command and velocity was really good."

Arkansas won its fourth straight and will close the two-game series with the Cornhuskers today at 3:05.

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