Van Horn reaches 1,000-win plateau


FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn earned his 1,000th career win on Saturday as No. 19 Arkansas swept a doubleheader vs. San Diego State at Baum Stadium.

The Razorbacks won game one of the doubleheader, 8-2, and completed the sweep with a 4-1 win.

With the doubleheader sweep, the Razorbacks won all four games of their weekend series against San Diego State. Arkansas improves to 11-5 with the twin bill sweep, while San Diego State dropped to 7-9 with the pair of losses.

Van Horn reached a major career milestone with the win in the first game of the doubleheader. The Razorback skipper now has a career record of 1,001-468 in 25 years of coaching, while his record at the UA is 416-228.

Tyler Spoon had a hit in each game of the doubleheader to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. Spoon went 3-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and two runs scored in the first game and 1-for-4 in the second game. Jacob Mahan went 4-for-6 in the doubleheader with a RBI and a run scored, while Eric Fisher went 3-for-7 with a RBI and two runs scored.

Freshman right hander Trey Killian worked seven no hit innings and struck out seven in the first game.

Killian (2-1) was outstanding on the mound. He opened the game by retiring the first 17 batters he faced until a two-out walk in the top of the sixth. In the seventh, Killian had a runner reach via an error, but he induced a 4-6-3 double play from the next batter and then struck out the last batter of the seventh to keep the no hitter intact. He left after the seventh, striking out seven and just issuing the one walk in seven innings.

Tyler Wright retired both batters he faced in the top of the ninth, including one strikeout.

San Diego State starter Ryan Doran (2-2) took the loss, giving up three runs on eight hits and striking out two in five innings.

At the plate, Arkansas recorded 12 hits, its most hits in a game since the Razorbacks had 15 hits in the series finale vs. Evansville on Feb. 24. Four different players had multiple hits in the game, led by Jacob Mahan and Spoon, who each had three hits. Mahan was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a RBI and a run scored, while Spoon was 3-for-4 with his third homer of the season, two RBI and two runs scored. Brian Anderson went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Eric Fisher also had two hits and scored a run.

San Diego State managed just two hits in the game. Tim Zier had a hit and a RBI, while Mitch Bluman also added a hit.

In Game 2, Arkansas broke a scoreless tie with four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Randall Fant, Michael Gunn and Barrett Astin combined to allow just one run on seven hits in the contest. Gunn (1-0) earned his first win of the season, retiring all three batters he faced in his one inning of relief.

Fant started on the mound for the Razorbacks and pitched well, tossing six shutout innings and giving up four hits with three strikeouts. Astin closed the game by giving up a run on three hits and striking out a pair in two innings.

San Diego State reliever Bubba Derby (1-1) took the loss after allowing four runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings. Aztec starter Ethan Miller threw six scoreless innings and struck out five, but received a no decision.

Along with earning the win, Gunn also reached base all three times at the plate, going 2-for-2 and also drawing a walk. Jacob Morris had a two-RBI triple and scored a run, while Eric Fisher and Brett McAfee also had a RBI in the victory.

Danny Sheehan had two hits and drove in a run to lead the Aztecs offensively. John Spirk added a hit and scored a run.

Arkansas continues its nine-game homestand on Tuesday and Wednesday as it faces Alabama A&M in a two-game series.