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Wicklander sharp on the mound, Moore provides offense as Hogs blank Gonzaga

Razorbacks take third straight from Gonzaga thanks to six scoreless innings from lefty
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Starting pitching has not been a question for Arkansas to start the season and that trend continued on Saturday as Patrick Wicklander was dominant.

The Razorbacks' left-hander allowed just one hit while striking out seven in six innings of scoreless work as he paved the way for a 5-0 win over Gonzaga. The two teams are scheduled to complete their four game series on Sunday at 1 p.m. Arkansas has won the first three by a combined 21-8.

Wicklander only faced one situation in which the Bulldogs had a runner advance past first base, as he allowed a walk and hit a batter in the second inning with two outs. He got a strikeout to end the threat and then got the run support he needed. Wicklander improved to 2-0 on the season in his two starts.

Freshman Robert Moore had a shaky opening weekend but he broke out of that early season slump as he reached base four times on Saturday, including a RBI single in the second and then added a two run home run in the fifth, his first as a Razorback. Moore's average has risen more than .200 this weekend after his three hit effort on Sunday coupled with his three hits in the first two games of the series.

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Heston Kjerstad added to his team leading RBI total as he doubled to leftfield, driving home a run for the 11th time this season.

Gonzaga starting pitcher Alek Jacob, who was named a preseason all-American by Perfect Game, allowed five runs on six hits and struck out six in 5.2 innings of work.