Arkansas pitching staff throws doubleheader shutout for series win over South Carolina

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Playing in its third doubleheader of the season, No. 2 Arkansas didn’t need to outslug South Carolina on Saturday as it was the pitching staff that shined, allowing no runs and just four hits over the two-game day, helping to sweep the twin bill, 2-0 and 3-0, earning the series win over the Gamecocks.

Due to the strong storms that moved through the area on Friday, both games of today’s doubleheader were forced to be just seven innings long.

Starting pitchers Kacey Murphy and Isaiah Campbell were practically untouchable in their respective games, combining for 11 shutout innings and just three hits allowed with one walk. Murphy took a perfect game into the top of the seventh before giving up a lead-off single to Justin Row. He earned his fifth win of the year and it was his fifth outing of six or more innings.

Campbell, who has been trying to work his way back from an arm injury that forced him to miss the Ole Miss series, had his best outing in three weeks, going five innings with only two hits allowed. He only struck out one, but only walked one also, throwing 66 pitches on the day. The win moves Campbell’s record to 3-3.

Saturday’s doubleheader sweep gave the Razorbacks their third conference series win of the year and improves their SEC record to 10-5, which leads the western division. Saturday’s DH sweep was also the first time an Arkansas team shutout a conference opponent twice on the same day since April 7, 1984 when Arkansas beat Texas A&M, 1-0 and 4-0.

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