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Weekend Recap: Razorbacks Take Their Third Road SEC Series

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Splitting a double-header on Sunday, No. 4 Arkansas won the series against SEC East foe Kentucky to improve to 37-12 overall and 17-7 in conference play. The Hogs jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in game one, but the game quickly turned into a pitchers matchup the required Matt Cronin to come in and pitch the final two innings to nail it down 5-2. Rain on Saturday forced the double header of 7 inning games, and Arkansas scored all 9 runs in the final two innings of game two to win 9-1. Kentucky held their ace out for game three of the series, and he lasted 124 pitches until the final two outs of the game with runners at the corners and Arkansas trailing by one. A double-play ended the Razorbacks late rally to prevent them from claiming their third sweep in as many weeks.

Hitter of the Week

Christian Franklin carried his 4-hit game against Tennessee into this week and finished the weekend series 4 for 9 with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored. Franklin had 3 hits in game one and provided the final blow in game two with a 3-run home run to push the lead to eight. He has recorded 11 hits over his last 6 starts and has raised his average to .306 with 6 home runs and 20 RBI.

Pitcher of the Week

Isaiah Campbell has been nothing short of consistent all year long, and it showed Friday in Lexington as well. Making yet another start without issuing a walk, Campbell lasted 7 innings allowing only 5 hits and 1 earned run, and he struck out 6. Now 8-1 on the season with a 2.54 ERA, 87 strikeouts and just 13 walks in 78 innings, he will lead the Razorbacks down the final stretch of the season and into the postseason. Patrick Wicklander also turned in a solid start in game two, throwing 5 innings of 1-run baseball and allowing 4 hits and 1 walk to 6 strikeouts. Wicklander earned the win to improve to 5-1 on the season.

Looking Ahead

With six games left in the season, the Razorbacks have a chance to win the most SEC games in a season since 2004 when they went 19-11. However, it will not be an easy task as they welcome No. 12 LSU to Baum-Walker next week before finishing the season at No. 14 Texas A&M. LSU will be coming off being swept by Ole Miss and looking to prove their place among the top teams. Regardless of how the season has gone, when these two teams play it always seems to be tough for the Hogs to win.