But after falling behind 7-1 after three innings, the fact the senior remained in the game until the seventh impressed Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco.
"That tells you how good Keuchel is," Bianco said. "When we have seven (runs), it looked like he was going to be out early. Then next thing you know, he outlasted (Ole Miss starter Drew) Pomeranz."
Keuchel overcome a lengthy first inning, an error- filled start by the Razorbacks and an early deficit to throw 6 2/3 innings Thursday night. He allowed seven runs, two earned, on nine hits, walked three batters and struck out six, but helped the Razorbacks stay in the game after falling behind.
Keuchel — who threw 110 pitches — and reliever Mike Bolsigner kept the Rebels off the scoreboard in the final six innings. It wasn't enough to help the Razorbacks pick up a much-needed win, but coach Dave Van Horn said it did keep them from wearing out the bullpen in the first game.
"He battled," Van Horn said. "He gave us a chance to save our bullpen a little bit. ... He kept us in the ballgame."
Arkansas has had a knack for the dramatic this season and nearly got another big ninth-inning hit from left field Collin Kuhn on Thursday.
With two outs, Kuhn hit a ball over the right field fence with a runner on first. A fair ball would've tied the game. But it sailed foul by a few feet.
"I thought it was going to stay fair," Van Horn said. "It sliced at the last second."
Kuhn then flew out to end the game.
Lyons' Stays Hot
Arkansas shortstop Scott Lyons, who had three hits and the bases-loaded, three-run double in the ninth inning of the 3-2 win against Oral Roberts, continued his hot hitting streak Thursday.
Lyons hit an RBI double in the first inning off Pomeranz, helping the Razorbacks score their first run. He followed that with a home run in the third.
Lyons finished 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs.
Van Horn used Springdale's Tom Hauskey as his designated hitter for the third straight SEC game Thursday night. Hauskey, who started for the fifth time this season, went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. .... After going 23 games without committing an error, Lyons now has committed two in three games. ... Ole Miss improved to 34-0 when leading after eight innings.
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