ARKANSAS 8, SAN DIEGO STATE 2
Jacob Mahan had three hits in Saturday's first game to help lead the Hogs to an 8-2 win.
IN A NUTSHELL
True freshman Trey Killian pitched seven innings of no-hit baseball on Saturday to lead the Razorbacks to an 8-2 win in game one of a double-header.
Killian (2-1) went seven innings and walked one to pick up the win. A runner also reached base on an error, but he also struck out seven while throwing 84 pitches. Killian's walk to Evan Potter in the top of the sixth was his first walk allowed this year.
Arkansas (10-5) took the series over San Diego State (7-8) with the win in the first game. Arkansas moved Sunday's game to Saturday at 2:45 to try and avoid the rainy forecast on Sunday. Ryan Doran started for the Aztecs and took the loss. He allowed eight hits in five innings and three earned runs.
Arkansas scored two runs in the bottom of the second when Eric Fisher doubled to right-center field. Brett McAfee then hit a single to score Fisher with two outs. McAfee was able to score from first when Jacob Mahan hit a double down the left-field line.
Arkansas added a run in the fifth, but broke the game open with five runs in the sixth. Tyler Spoon's third home run of the season gave the Razorbacks their run in the fifth. Jordan Farris, McAfee, Mahan, Joe Serrano and Spoon all scored for Arkansas in the sixth.
The Aztecs scored two runs in the top of the ninth to avoid the shutout.
STATS THAT MATTER
1,000 The number of career wins for Dave Van Horn with Saturday's victory in the first game.
105 Number of pitches thrown by Doran.
61 Number of strikes thrown by Killian.
15 Spoon's hitting streak this season.
9 Number of runners stranded by Arkansas.
3 Number of hits for Mahan and Spoon.
3 Number of errors by San Diego State.
Spoon remains on fire this season. He leads the team with a batting average of .421 and also had three home runs and 18 RBIs to lead the team. Spoon is a redshirt freshman who has helped solidify Arkansas' third spot in the batting order.
San Diego State's Tyler France. He is now hitting .143 this season. The Aztecs third baseman was 0-for-2 in Saturday's first game before Mitch Bluman replaced him.
***Matt Vinson missed his third straight game on Saturday after being injured in the third inning of Thursday night's game. Vinson injured his left wrist when he dove to catch a ball in center field.
***Dominic Ficociello didn't play in the series and is still recovering from an oblique injury. Ficociello saw his first action of the season in Arizona last week.
Killian on how he pitched on Saturday: “I guess I threw pretty good. I couldn't be happier with my performance.”
Killian on what the coaches told him before taking him out of the game with a no-hitter: “Of course I wanted to stay in there. Coach (Dave) Jorn just came over and told me good job. He's always telling me what I need to work on. I can always get better. Coach Van Horn came up to me and he apologized, but I understood. It's early in the season. No reason to get the pitch count up, risk anything. We've got a lot of games left.”
Killian on his first walk allowed this season: “I was frustrated with that at bat. I threw two first-pitch fast balls way off the plate. I tried to come back and left a fast ball up. That last one was just a little down. I was disappointed, but fine I came back from it.”
Killian on what was going through his mind with no-hitter: “No, I try not to think about it. Just go out there one inning at a time, one pitch at a time and make the pitches I can. Just go to work out there.”
Killian on being part of Van Horn's 1,000th win: “I didn't even know that, but that's pretty awesome.”
Killian on how his arm felt: “It felt great. I definitely had those two more innings in me. That last fast ball I threw I kind of reached back a bit and it felt good. I wasn't tired or sore or anything.”
Arkansas and San Diego State are playing the fourth game of the series now instead of on Sunday as originally scheduled due to the weather forecast.
In Saturday's second game, Arkansas is throwing Randall Fant while the Aztecs sent Ethan Miller to the mound.