The No. 8 Arkansas Razorbacks beat Ole Miss 5-3, as redshirt junior pitcher Isaiah Campbell held a powerful Rebels line up in check, and junior outfielder Dominic Fletcher and sophomore utility player Matt Goodheart had big performances at the plate.
Campbell started for the Hogs throwing seven strong innings, giving up two runs on four hits with five strikeouts. Friday’s win brings his record to 6-0, and in his last three starts, he has allowed only two runs over 21 innings.
“He hasn’t really given up that big inning this year,” coach Dave Van Horn said. “He’s shown that he can minimize the damage, so to speak, but it’s been because he can really locate his pitches.”
Fletcher got the Hogs’ offense started with a first-inning double that knocked in a run. He went 3-for-4, adding another double in the fifth for his team-leading 13th of the year.
Matt Goodheart was vital to the Hogs’ offense as well, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs. He had two RBI singles, both coming with two outs in the inning, and tacked on an RBI groundout and a walk.
Junior closer Matt Cronin entered the game with one out in the top of the eighth to secure a crucial five-out save, his seventh of the season. He got the Hogs out of a tough jam in the eighth after two Rebels advanced to scoring position and then shut the door on the Rebels in the ninth. Cronin did surrender a solo home run in the process, his first run given up of the year.
“I thought he did a great job,” Van Horn said. “The eighth inning, we felt like that was the save. He needed to get through the eighth. If he got us through the eighth and struggled a little in the ninth, we could go to another guy.”
The Hogs play again Saturday at 3 p.m. against Ole Miss at Baum Stadium.