Kacey Murphy

Sophomore Kacey Murphy throws a pitch in a game against Louisiana-Monroe March 8. The Razorbacks defeated the Warhawks 11-2.

The Razorback baseball team finished off a mid-week two-game sweep of the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks with an 11-2 at Baum Stadium on Tuesday. The win improved the Razorbacks record to 10-3 and dropped the Warhawks to 4-10.

Head coach Dave Van Horn said he was happy with the way his starting pitcher performed.

“It all started with Kacey Murphy giving us a great outing,” Van Horn said. “I think he had around nine strikeouts. I know he had four in a row at one time, and you know he was using (all of his) pitches.”

Murphy made his first start of the season memorable as he threw five innings giving up two earned runs and striking out a career high nine batters.

The scoring started in the first for the Razorbacks. A leadoff walk and two-out walk brought up freshman Dominic Fletcher. Fletcher got a hold of an inside pitch and it flew out of right field for a 3-0 Razorbacks lead after the first inning.

The Razorbacks added three more in the second as Luke Bonfield hit a ball into the gap scoring Jake Arledge and Chad Spanberger.

There was a scary moment in the top of the fourth with two outs and two strikes. Warhawk right fielder Johnny DeLaCruz hit a blooper in foul territory to Arledge who made a diving catch but hit the side of his head on the wall in foul territory. Arledge stayed on the ground for a few moments but walked off under his own power and stayed in the game.

“My dad’s a fireman. He always told me, get hurt you always just lay there and make sure nothing’s broken or anything so I kind of laid there for a second, kind of just made sure nothing was hurting me or anything,” Arledge said.

Murphy showed some fatigue in the top of the fifth giving up a walk, an RBI double and an RBI single before getting out of the inning.

The Razorbacks responded with five runs in the bottom of the inning headed by a two run single by Arledge followed by three straight singles by Chad Spanberger, Luke Bonfield and Grant Koch.

The Razorbacks took the 11-2 lead into the sixth inning and shut the door the rest of the way.

Freshman Matt Cronin went two innings with no hits, three strikeouts and freshman Jacob Kostyshock went the other two innings striking out two.

The Hogs will return to the field at 3 p.m. Friday when they host the University of Rhode Island at Baum Stadium.

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