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Arkansas’ Campbell Shows Complete Self Against Ole Miss

At The Ballpark

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Isaiah Campbell might be the most important player on the Arkansas roster.

As the Hogs put together a memorable 2018 campaign, they were led on the mound by one of the nation’s best in All-American righthander Blaine Knight. But with Knight gone, the Hogs entered fall workouts with some serious question marks when it came to the weekend rotation. Even with Campbell returning.

Last season, Campbell, a 6-foot-4, 225-pounder, showed spurts of being a special pitcher. He tossed a combined eight shutout innings in a pair of wins over Texas A&M and Georgia, he had a solid start against South Carolina in the Fayetteville Super Regional and he was good against Florida in Omaha. But he finished the season with a rough start against Oregon State.

Campbell was just one of those guys who would taste success for a couple of weeks, then suddenly hit a wall. The inconsistency drove head coach Dave Van Horn crazy, as early last season he debated removing Campbell from the rotation altogether. But the righty responded with a strong start against Kentucky and stayed in that role the rest of the year.

The key for Campbell this season? Be more consistent.

Campbell has answered the call in a big way. He entered Friday night’s game against Ole Miss with 51 strikeouts and just five walks, and he continued his successful ways with a strong start against the Rebels in a 5-3 victory — this, even on a night when he clearly didn’t have his best stuff.

He’s turned the corner.

 


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