Arkansas defeated Ole Miss 11-2 in game one of the NCAA Super Regionals on Saturday afternoon.
Ole Miss started out hot with a solo home run by Grae Kessinger in the top of the 1st. But that would be their first of just two runs on the day thanks to another impressive performance on the mound by Isaiah Campbell. The Hogs ace pitched 8.1 innings and only allowed 2 run on 5 hits, walked just one batter and struck out 7.
Meanwhile the Hogs bats stayed hot all day.
Trevor Ezell began the bottom of the inning with a stand-up double down the left field line. Casey Martin kept things going with a single to put runners on the corners with no outs. Dominic Fletcher then hit a single to right field, bringing in Ezell and tying the game up 1-1.
Jack Kenley sent Baum Walker Stadium into a frenzy with a three run shot over the right field wall for his 13th homer of the season. With that, the Razorbacks took a 4-1 lead over Ole Miss after 1 inning.
In the bottom of the 2nd, Christian Franklin reached first on a throwing error by the Rebels shortstop and Ezell smashed one out to the warning track in right-center field. Martin followed that up with a sac fly to center field to put Arkansas up 5-1. The Razorbacks kept on rolling with a groundout by Matt Goodheart to first, allowing Ezell time to pick up another run and give the Hogs a 5 run lead through two innings.
Tyler Keenan hit a leadoff single in the top of the 4th but Cole Zabowski struck out and Arkansas pulled off a beautiful 6-4-3 double play to end the top of the frame.
In the bottom of the inning, Martin hit an RBI single up the middle to put the Diamond Hogs up 7-1. Goodheart followed it up with a no-doubter off the scoreboard, his 5th home run of the year, to put Arkansas up 9-1.
Ezell started off the bottom of the 6th with a big shot over the right field wall for a solo home run to give the Hogs a 10-1 lead. Arkansas went on to load up the bases and Ole Miss walked Casey Opitz to make it 11-1.
Ole Miss’ Thomas Dillard hit a solo home run in the top of the 9th but it was too little too late.
Game 2 between Arkansas and Ole Miss is set to start at 2pm on Sunday.