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Valley View alum Cade Lynch gets first career Razorback win Wednesday

FAYETTEVILLE (NWAOnline.com) - Kyle Robinson's hot streak didn't cool any Wednesday.

The senior utility player added two more hits, including a first inning grand slam, as No. 16 Arkansas beat McNeese State 8-3 at Baum Stadium.

Through eight games, Robinson is hitting .531 with 14 RBIs in 32 at-bats.

"We knew he could hit and he had a really good fall," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "He might have been our top hitter in the fall in average and power. You don't expect anybody to get off to this hot of a start.

"Hitting comes and goes, individually. If the rest of the team can get it going, it'll be a good year."

Arkansas (7-1) avenged an 8-6 loss to the Cowboys (4-6) on Tuesday with the win.

"We were pretty upset yesterday," Robinson said. "McNeese State is a good team, but we're better than them and we knew we shouldn't have lost. We were definitely fired up today and we had a good game."

Robinson's home run – the first of his career – provided plenty of run support for left-hander Cade Lynch, who picked up his first win at Arkansas in his first start since transferring from Panola Junior College last summer.

Lynch, who is expected to start again Sunday, pitched four innings, allowing one run on three hits. The sophomore struck out five batters Wednesday and leads all Razorbacks pitchers with 14 strikeouts this season.

"I think it went pretty well," Lynch said. "I kind of struggled a little bit from the stretch and have some work to do there, but other than that I think it was overall a pretty good start."

The lead grew to 7-0 on consecutive RBI singles from Dominic Ficociello, Jake Wise and Matt Vinson in the third inning. Both teams swapped runs in the fourth.

Arkansas coaches were able to see plenty of young arms with Zack Hall, Colby Suggs and Jeff Harvill logging their first action of the season. Hall (seventh) and Suggs (eighth) each worked around base-runners to record scoreless innings, while Harvill struggled in the ninth.

The freshman left-hander gave up two runs in the frame before DJ Baxendale came in to record an out with the bases loaded for his second save of the season.

"We were trying to get Harvill out there and give him a look," Van Horn said. "He was able to dig himself out a little bit but couldn't finish them off."

Redshirt junior outfielder Collin Kuhn didn't play Wednesday because of a wrist injury suffered diving into first base late in Tuesday's game. It snapped a streak of 91 consecutive games played.

The status for Kuhn, a Beaver Dam, Wisc., native, is unknown for this weekend's series against Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

"It swelled up pretty good last night and he had it X-rays this morning, but nothing is broke," Van Horn said. "He probably won't practice Thursday and Friday is real iffy. We'll just go from there. We should know more tomorrow."

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