June 16, 2012
Game 3 Notes
Baxendale, Moore combine on
four-hitter for Arkansas
By Phil Stanton
Photos by Craig Jackson, LeftfieldLounge.com,
Neb. – That Razorback pitching
continued to shine.
D.J. Baxendale (right) and Brandon Moore combined
on a four-hitter as Arkansas downed Kent State 8-1 on the second
day of the 2012 College World Series in front of 23,980 fans at
TD Ameritrade Park.
Razorbacks (45-20) will face the winner of the
Florida-South Carolina contest on Monday at 8 p.m. CT. The
Golden Flashes (46-19) will take on the loser of that game at 4
p.m. CT Monday in an elimination contest.
Baxendale (8-5) did not allow a hit until the
fifth, a two-out single to Sawyer Polen. Baxendale finished with
three hits and one run with one walk and five strikeouts.
“I thought D.J. was incredible,” said Arkansas
head coach Dave Van Horn. “I knew after the first inning he had
it because he threw every fastball right where he wanted it in
the first inning, and that's a tell tale sign for him in
watching him pitch for three years. It's been a big pleasure and
hopefully we'll get him out there again before this is over
Moore worked the final 2.2 innings with one hit.
Seven of his eight outs came as the result of ground balls.
Arkansas pitching is 6-1 in the NCAA Tournament
with a 1.86 ERA. The Razorbacks have walked 22 and struck out 43
in 63 innings. The Razorbacks entered the CWS with the best team
ERA of the field at 2.90.
KSU starter David Starn (11-4) struggled on the
mound, surrendering six hits, six walks and five runs in 5.2
innings with four strikeouts.
“They hit in some pretty positive counts,” said
KSU head coach Scott Stricklin. “What David's really good at is
getting ahead and working ahead. When you looked at it, David
faced 26 hitters and only two of them struck at the first pitch.
I think that was the key. They got ahead in the count.”
Starn walked three in the first before an infield
hit by Brian Anderson brought home Tim Carver with the game’s
first run. A double play by the KSU defense ended the threat,
the first of four twin-killings for the Golden Flashes.
Jake Wise doubled the lead with a two-out homer
to left center, his second round-tripper of the season, as the
Hogs took a 2-0 advantage.
Arkansas tacked on a run in the fifth as Wise
drew a leadoff walk, was sacrificed to second and came in on a
base hit by Joe Serrano to make it 3-0.
KSU lit the scoreboard in the sixth as Jimmy
Rider launched a homer to left to narrow the gap to 3-1.
Arkansas answered with a two-out rally in the
bottom of the frame. Bo Bigham had a two-out double and Derrick
Bleeker walked. Matt Vinson, who had struck out in his first two
at-bats, laced a double to left, plating both Bigham and Bleeker
to make it 5-1. It ended the day for Starn.
The Razorbacks put it away with three in the
eighth. Anderson scored on a wild pitch and Wise added a two-run
single as the advantage grew to 8-1.
Wise finished with three RBI, while Serrano went
3 for 3 for Arkansas.
(photo courtesy of Arkansas Media Relations Office)