FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Mike Moriarity and Cliff Lee combined for a three-hitter as Arkansas completed a two-game sweep of Miami (Ohio) with a 5-1 win Sunday at Baum Stadium.
Arkansas (9-6) extended its winning streak to four in a row, the longest of the season for the Razorbacks. Miami (2-2) lost its second in a row after starting the season 2-0.
In his third start and longest outing since elbow surgery last summer, Moriarity held the RedHawks to three hits in five innings. Moriarity yielded the only MU run when John Lackaff doubled to score Tom Yost in the fourth inning to tie the game at 1-1.
Lee (3-0) baffled the RedHawks, striking out a career-high eight of the 12 batters he faced in four innings of hitless, scoreless relief. Lee fanned five of the first six he faced and six of the first eight.
Starter Nathan Tekavec (1-1) took the loss for Miami after giving up all five UA runs (three earned) in 7 1/3 innings.
The Hogs took a 2-1 lead when Brian Kirby doubled to lead off the bottom of the sixth and scored on Jeff Hoefler’s single up the middle. Arkansas added three more in the eighth on consecutive singles by Wes McCrotty, Kyle Washburn and Jeff Fletcher and a fielding error by MU first baseman Joe Spain. Hoefler and McCrotty led the Hogs with two hits each.
The RedHawks’ three hits are the fewest by a UA opponent since David Walling and Greg Gilleland combined to hold Florida to two hits in an 8-1 Razorback win in Gainesville on April 2 of last year.
Arkansas will conclude its homestand with a two-game series against Saint Louis on Tuesday and Wednesday. Both games are scheduled for 4 p.m. CT. The Razorbacks will open Southeastern Conference play this weekend at Tennessee.