SAN DIEGO, Calif. – A scoreless outing by starting pitcher Kacey Murphy and a fifth inning home run by Heston Kjerstad helped the third-ranked Arkansas baseball team defeat Arizona, 1-0, Wednesday night in San Diego.
Murphy, making his first appearance of the 2018 season, faced down a tough Arizona lineup to throw six scoreless innings with just one hit allowed, one walk, and six strikeouts on 73 pitches. It continues a string of strong outings by the junior dating back to last season where he started on two consecutive days in the NCAA Fayetteville Regional, as well as throwing a complete seven innings in the SEC Tournament semifinals.
As for Kjerstad, the freshman carried over his success from opening weekend, hitting the solo home run on a night when offenses were stymied by both pitching staffs. Kjerstad finished the game 1-for-3 as his hit was one of just six combined on the night between both teams.
Kjerstad’s homer continued his hitting streak to open the year, making it four-straight games with at least one base hit. He also continues to lead the team with a .583 average and only has one strikeout in 12 at-bats.
The 1-0 win for the Hogs was a rare feat as it was the first of its kind since April 22, 2016 in a 10-inning win over Kentucky. It was also the 599th win for Dave Van Horn as Arkansas’ head coach. With one more victory, he will join an exclusive club as one of just three current head coaches in the SEC with 600 or more wins at their current school (Tim Corbin – Vanderbilt; Mike Bianco – Ole Miss).