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Pitchers secure sweep for Razorbacks

711 days ago
Arkansas Athletics

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Five Razorback pitchers combined for a two-hitter Sunday afternoon, helping to earn the sweep of Western Illinois, winning 3-0 at Baum Stadium. Led by freshman Barrett Loeske, who got the start and went four strong innings, the Razorback pitchers of Loeske, Kacey Murphy, Josh Alberius, Ty Harris, Doug Willey and Jordan Rodriguez, combined to give up no runs on two hits, walking two and striking out 10.

The sweep is Arkansas' (13-3) fourth weekend sweep of the season, which includes the three wins at the Houston College Classic and second shutout of the year. The loss drops Western Illinois' record to 2-11 overall.

Loeske got the win Sunday afternoon, his first of the season in his first career start, allowing just one hit over the four innings of work, walking one and striking out four. Western Illinois' starting pitcher Ian Koch was saddled with the loss after he gave up two earned runs on five hits over 4.2 innings to move to 0-2 on the year.

Offensively, Arkansas only managed six hits in the game with Luke Bonfield continuing his hot streak, going 2-for-4 with three RBI. Bonfield, who had three hits yesterday but no RBI, made up for it on Sunday as he was responsible for all three of Arkansas' runs, both hits with two outs.

His RBI single in the first and two RBI double in the fifth were all the Hogs needed to finish the sweep of the Leathernecks. In the series, Bonfield was 5-for-7 with three doubles and three RBI, all coming in the final two games.

The Razorbacks will play their final two non-conference games before the start of SEC play starting this Tuesday when Grambling State comes to Baum Stadium for a two-game midweek series.

First pitch on Tuesday is set for 6:30 p.m. and its also "Bark in the Park" night. Fans with a completed waiver can bring their dog to the stadium for this special night. More information on "Bark in the Park" night cane be found on ArkansasRazorbacks.com.