Inside Pitch

Murphy To The Rescue Arkansas right-hander Sam Murphy moved to 2-0 this season with four strong innings of relief.

Oral Roberts tallied four runs off of Arkansas starter Drew Smyly in the third and fourth innings, but Murphy helped stabilize the Razorbacks. Murphy, a 6-foot sophomore, allowed two runs on four hits and got stronger as his outing progressed.

"Sam's fastball was up around 90 (miles per hour) and he threw a great slider all night," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "He's been a great contributor to our pitching staff the second half of our season. He's throwing with more velocity than he has since he's been here."

Murphy finished with five strikeouts and struck out four of five ORU batters before allowing a Michael Notaro home run to lead off the ninth. Left-handed closer Stephen Richards then relieved Murphy and retired the Golden Eagles in order for his seventh save this season.

Smyly Inconsistent

Smyly, a freshman left-hander, cruised through his first two innings Tuesday night, retiring the Golden Eagles on only 13 pitches. He threw first-pitch strikes to all six of the ORU hitters he faced in those first two innings.

His control escaped him in the third and fourth innings, however.

Smyly, who lost his weekend spot after making four SEC starts, gave up two runs in the third on back-to-back two-out doubles. He allowed a two-run home run by Notaro in the fourth before being relieved by Murphy to start the fifth.

Still, Smyly ended up with five strikeouts and no walks. He also threw 46 of his 62 pitches for strikes.

"He just made a couple of mistakes," Van Horn said. "When he located his fastball down, he was very effective. But he showed me enough that we could maybe bring him in over the weekend (in relief) and get a couple of innings."

Short Hops

Freshman third baseman Zack Cox had two doubles and two singles Tuesday night, giving the 6-foot, 215-pounder his first career four-hit game. ... Oral Roberts' top pitcher, right-hander Mark Serrano, gave up only one hit and struck out seven in three innings of relief. ... Scott Lyons busted out of an 0-for-14 skid with his RBI single in the third inning. He also had his first stolen base this season.... Chase Leavitt started in left field for the first time this season. He started in left field twice last season. ... Arkansas snapped a three-game losing streak at Oral Roberts, winning in Tulsa for the first time since 2005.

WHEN: 6 p.m., Friday

WHERE: Lindsey Wilson Stadium, Knoxville, Tenn.

ON THE AIR: KFAY-AM 1030; KURM-AM 790, FM-100.3; KHGG-AM 1580, FM-103.1; KXIO-FM 106.9

RECORDS: Arkansas 27-11; Tennessee 19-22


TODAY'S PROBABLE PITCHERS: Arkansas, Dallas Keuchel (5-1, 4.45); Tennessee, TBA

Arkansas Razorbacks Upcoming Schedule

Date Opponent Site Time

April 24 Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn. 6 p.m.

April 25 Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn. 3 p.m.

April 26 Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn. Noon

April 28 Oklahoma Fayetteville 6:35 p.m.

May 1 LSU Fayetteville 6:35 p.m.

May 2 LSU Fayetteville 6:35 p.m.

May 3 LSU Fayetteville 6:35 p.m.

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