SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Arkansas baseball team (29-18) put a lid on its nonconference schedule Tuesday afternoon, scoring four early runs to cruise to a 4-1 victory over Missouri State (19-21) at Hammons Field.
The Razorbacks broke out the bats in the second inning and batted around to score four runs on five hits and take a commanding lead. Jake Wise drove in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly to right field, and Michael Bernal followed and drilled a two-run homer over the fence in left field for his second home run of the year to give Arkansas a 3-0 lead.
Andrew Benintendi capped off the big inning with an RBI single to right field to send Bobby Wernes to the plate and give the Razorbacks a 4-0 second-inning advantage.
Arkansas trotted six pitchers to the hill with Dominic Taccolini (2-0) getting the win in relief after tossing 2.0 hitless innings with a pair of strikeouts. Colin Poché and Jackson Lowery each worked 2.0 innings, while Jacob Stone, Zach Jackson and Michael Gunn worked an inning apiece to close the game. Gunn earned his seventh save of the year with a perfect ninth inning.
The Razorbacks return to action this weekend, traveling to Oxford, Miss., to take on No. 10 Ole Miss at Swayze Field. First pitch Friday is slated 6:30 p.m., followed by 2:15 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
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Arkansas Head Coach Dave Van Horn (opening statement) – "I thought our pitching staff did a great job, basically we had it scripted out where everyone would go two innings and fortunately we got the leadand held them down. That was a good road win."
Arkansas finishes the nonconference portion of its regular season schedule with a 19-7 record. The Razorbacks sent nine batters to the plate in the second inning and scored four runs on five hits to bat around in the lineup for the seventh time this season. With a double play in the first inning, Arkansas recorded its SEC-leading 45th twin killing on the year. The Razorbacks have allowed two runs or less in 27 of 47 games this season. Blake Baxendale extended his hitting streak to six games with a second-inning single. He has hit safely in 10 of the last 11 games with five multi-hit performances. Brian Anderson has hit safely in 21 of the last 23 games and in 39 of Arkansas’ 47 games this season. The Razorbacks ended the month of April with a 12-8 mark, giving Coach Van Horn 12 consecutive years with a winning record in April.
How They Scored
Arkansas 1, Missouri State 0; Top 2: Jake Wise flied out to right field; Blake Baxendale scored from third base. Arkansas 3, Missouri State 0; Top 2: Michael Bernal homered to left field; Eric Fisher scored from third base. Arkansas 4, Missouri State 0; Top 2: Andrew Benintendi singled to right field; Bobby Wernes scored from third base. Arkansas 4, Missouri State 1; Bottom 3: Patrick Drake singled to left center; Eric Cheray scored from second base.