Tempe Regional: Arkansas 3, New Mexico 0

June, 4, 2011
06/04/11
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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arkansas survived to play again Sunday because New Mexico couldn't do anything against Razorbacks ace D.J. Baxendale.

Baxendale allowed just four hits in eight scoreless innings as the second-seeded Razorbacks, an upset loser in the opening game to Charlotte, pushed past the Lobos, 3-0.

"We couldn't put together a big inning, but our pitching held it for us," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said.

Arkansas, now 39-21, will play the loser of the Saturday nightcap between Charlotte and Arizona State at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday in another elimination game. Freshman Ryne Stanek (3-2, 4.25), who beat Alabama in the SEC tournament, will get the start.

The Razorbacks scored twice in the second and added a ninth-inning insurance run. Trent Daniels got the save, striking out the side in the final frame.

Jarrod McKinney led the offense. He went 3-for-4 -- two doubles -- with an RBI and scored two runs. Bo Bigham and Matt Reynolds drove home the Razorbacks other two runs.

New Mexico was eliminated. The Lobos, who were surprise winners of the Mountain West Conference tournament, finish their season at 20-41.

They got 7.1 strong innings from Richard Olson, who allowed two runs and seven hits, but were off-balance at the plate against Baxendale, a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award.

"[Baxendale] hit his spots really well," Lobos third baseman D.J. Peterson said. "He kept it in and kept it out well."

If the Razorbacks prevail Sunday, they would play a second game against the ASU-Charlotte winner at 9 p.m., trying to force a winner-take-all game on Monday at 9:30 p.m. Baxendale's eight innings means there are fresh arms available, though emerging from a first-round loss is never easy in a regional.

"We do have a lot of pitching left," Van Horn said. "It's just young."

Ted Miller | email

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