The Diamond Hogs made the most of their trip out west, taking 3 of 4 from San Diego State and coming just shy of a sweep by the thinnest of margins. Poor relief pitching, which plagued the Hogs last season, reared its ugly head again and made several games closer than they should have been.
Game 1: With the help of 2 errors on the play, James McCann hits an inside-the-park HR in the 7th... on a sacrifice bunt. Pitcher Geoffrey Davenport atones for his poor showing against McNeese State by striking out 7 in 5.1 innings of relief after Ryne Stanek got knocked out early. Arkansas notches a 12-4 win.
Game 2: The Razorbacks race out to a 10 nothing lead, but Ben Hays and Barrett Astin allow SDSU to score 6 runs in the 8th before Nolan Sanburn stops the bleeding. Arkansas wins 11-6, in a game that really shouldn't have been that close.
Game 3: The Hogs' previously hot bats cool down, and the Razorbacks hold only a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the 9th. For the second night in a row, the relief pitching can't shut down SDSU, and they score 2 runs on a 2-out single as catcher James McCann can't hang on to the play at the plate. Arkansas drops a heart-breaker, 2-3.
Game 4: With this series win on the line, Arkansas takes the 5-2 win behind a strong outing from freshman pitcher Cade Lynch, who recorded 9 Ks and no runs in 6 innings of 3-hit baseball.
Following their win out West, the Hogs host Kansas for a midweek game (Spoiler alert! We've already won... but it came at a price), before starting SEC play at Auburn this weekend. Thus far, Arkansas' opponents are a combined 31-59. This is responsible for the Hogs' shockingly low SoS (250), which has been dragging the RPI down, despite their stellar record. Despite this, the Razorbacks are well-represented in nearly all the major baseball polls, and sits in the top-10 in USA Today's poll. Hopefully they can keep it up.