Kuhn went 3-for-5 and added a big insurance run late with his third homer in two days as the Razorbacks topped Washington State 6-4 Saturday night in the NCAA Fayetteville Regional at Baum Stadium.
The sophomore outfielder – who is now hitting .350 with 15 homers, 49 RBIs and 17 steals on the season - is now 5-for-9 with six runs scored, has driven home four runs and has led off three innings with homers in the regional.
"He has had an incredible year," Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. "You just look at the numbers and what he has done for our team at the top of the order with those numbers. He could be hitting in the three hole with those numbers.
"He just is a threat," Van Horn added. "He can bunt, he can hit the ball out of the park, he can steal a base. He makes you work, you know he doesn't swing at a lot of bad pitches. He gets us going and there are some good hitters behind him that have some pretty good numbers because he has been on base a lot with doubles, stolen bases and he can go from first to third.
Kuhn, who leads the team with 64 runs scored this season, admits he is seeing the ball really well so far this weekend.
"I am seeing it pretty well," Kuhn said. "I am just trying to stick to my approach and do what I can to get on base. I am really just trying to not swing at any bad pitches."
Even when Kuhn made a mistake, it worked out in Arkansas' favor.
He committed an error – just his second of the year - on a ground ball single, but it ended up turning into an inning-ending play that kept the Cougars from scoring first.
"I thought a big play was in the first inning when the ball got by Collin on the base hit," Van Horn said. "He made a perfect throw to the relay man (Bo Bigham), who made another perfect throw. We dodged a bullet right there."
Fellow sophomore Zach Cox had homered earlier, his 9th of the season.
Even in a losing effort, Washington State second baseman Cody Bartlett amazed those on-hand with his defense.
Bartlett was 2-for-4 with his second homer in two days, but that was lost among his defensive prowess.
He made spectacular play after spectacular play to keep the Cougars in the game.
"You ever see anything like that?" Washington State head coach Donnie Marbut asked the media. "It was the best defensive performance that I have ever seen by a guy. He is playing at a different level than anybody else in this tournament right now. It was special to watch. He just, basically, single-handedly kept us in the game.
"Obviously offensively he is swinging the bat good, but if he doesn't make those plays, it is not a 6-4 game," Marbut added. "It was a highlight reel every time the ball was hit to him."
Washington State and Kansas State will meet in an elimination game at 2:05 p.m. Sunday.
The winner would have to beat Arkansas twice – at 7:05 Sunday night and again on Monday – to keep the Razorbacks from advancing to the Super Regional.