MINNEAPOLIS – Mike Kobow pitched a complete-game, five-hit shutout to lead host Minnesota to a 6-0 win over No. 21 Arkansas Friday in game two of the Hormel Foods Baseball Classic at the H.H.H. Metrodome.
The Golden Gophers (5-5) won their third game in a row while the Razorbacks (8-4), ranked 21st in the latest Collegiate Baseball poll, lost their second in a row and suffered their first shutout in 46 games.
Kobow (1-1) scattered five hits, struck out five and walked five in the seventh complete game of his career to earn his first win of the season.
Arkansas starter Layne Berry (0-2) took the loss despite striking out a career-high nine, the most by a Razorback pitcher this season. The junior left-hander gave up four runs on six hits and walked one.
Josh Holthaus and Scott Welsh had two RBI each to lead the Gophers at the plate while UM turned four double plays to kill Razorback scoring threats.
Leading 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth, UM stretched the lead to 4-0 on an RBI double by Holthaus and Welsh’s two-run, two-out triple.
Jason Kennedy and Welsh scored on wild pitches by UA relievers Matt Dotson and Payton Nelson in the eighth inning for the Gophers’ final two runs.
The Golden Gophers took a 1-0 in the bottom of the first when Jack Hannahan doubled off the left-field wall and scored on Holthaus’ single. Arkansas loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the second, but Kobow got Hoeffler to ground out to end the threat.
Earlier in the day, Miami (Fla.) defeated San Diego State, 8-6, in game one of the event.
The event continues Saturday with Miami taking on Minesota at 1:30 p.m. CT, followed by Arkansas-San Diego State at 7 p.m. CT.