FAYETTEVILLE — The Arkansas baseball team went to Nebraska believing it would rebound from the disappointing end to the LSU series.
Instead, the Razorbacks' recent problems — especially the plate — grew against Dave Van Horn's former team.
Nebraska swept a doubleheader against Arkansas on Tuesday night, winning games 3-0 and 4-2. The game one win was particularly ugly for the Razorbacks since three Nebraska hitters combined to no-hit Arkansas. It was Nebraska's first no-hitter since a win against Peru State in 1993 and its first in a nine-inning game against a Division I team since 1954.
The last time Arkansas was no-hit - if ever - isn't clear. The Razorbacks don't have any mention of it in the media guide.
Either way, the doubleheader loss continued a string of struggles for Arkansas. Some of the ugly details:
• Arkansas (25-14, 9-6 in SEC) is 2-6 in its past eight games. It includes the loss in the series finale at Alabama, one loss to New Mexico, two to LSU and two to Nebraska.
• The Razorbacks have been shut out three times in eight games (Alabama, New Mexico and Nebraska). The Razorbacks are averaging 2.4 runs and 6.4 hits a game during the stretch.
• Arkansas has been outscored 32-19 during the eight-game period. But 12 of the runs allowed by the Razorbacks were unearned.
• The Razorbacks have commited as many errors (19) as runs scored (19) during the eight-game stretch. To be fair, most of the defensive problems came during the first four games of the stretch (15 errors). Arkansas has been better defensively the second half, committing four errors in the past four games.
• Arkansas went 20 innings without scoring a run between the eighth inning of the Friday win at Alabama to the second inning of the game two win against New Mexico. The stretch included back-to-back shutouts by Alabama and New Mexico. It was the first time Arkansas had been shut out in consecutive games since 2005.
• The Razorbacks added a 19-inning scoreless streak at the end of this stretch. Arkansas was shutout the final seven innings of the LSU finale and didn't score in the first game at Nebraska before finally breaking through in the fifth inning of game two on Jacob Mahan's home run.
• Arkansas' team batting average has fallen from .278 to .265 in the seven games since the Alabama series. Only four players — Tyler Spoon (.316), Jacob Mahan (.308), Jordan Farris (.308) and Brian Anderson (.301) — hitting over .300 now.
Van Horn and his team will try to end some of the recent frustrations when it plays Texas A&M (21-17, 6-9 in SEC) at Baum Stadium this weekend. It's the first meeting between the teams since the Aggies joined the SEC. The last game between the schools came in Texas A&M's 15-7 win on March 1, 2008 in College Station, Texas.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau