SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Sophomore Brett Eibner hit two solo home runs and pitched four no-hit innings for the No. 4 Arkansas Razorback baseball team on Tuesday night against the Missouri State Bears in Springfield, Mo. to lead the Hogs to a 2-0 victory.
The Razorbacks (20-5) pick up their 20th win on the season before the calendar turns to April while Missouri State (13-12) gets shut out by Arkansas for the second time in a week.
Eibner started the game with two straight strike outs before hitting the third batter he faced in the side. The hit batter would be the only base runner Eibner would allow in four innings of work as he retired the next 10 hitters he faced.
“Both starting pitchers were throwing hard,” Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. “It was hard to see the ball in the first couple of innings and you had two very good pitchers throwing strikes.”
At the plate, Eibner was the entire Razorback offense as he hit a pair of solo home runs in the fourth and sixth innings, respectively. His two home run performance is the first time in Eibner’s career that he has hit two long balls in a game and neither was a cheap shot as the first was a line drive over the fence in left-center field and the second a towering shot that not only left the field, but the park entirely, clearing the trees behind the Missouri State dugout.
Missouri State had a golden chance to score in the fifth as they placed a pair of runners on base with no outs. A leadoff single was followed up by a walk forcing Arkansas to make a second pitching change in the inning. Justin Wells then proceeded to get a strikeout and pop up before walking a batter to load the bases and then got out of the jam with a looking strikeout to keep the Bears off the scoreboard.
Even with the jam in the fifth, Arkansas’ pitchers were very good as they allowed just seven runners to reach base on three hits, two walks, a hit batter and an infield error. The six Razorback hurlers struck out 11 batters, well below their school record 18 which they fanned a week ago against the Bears, but a great number considering the two walks. The Razorbacks have now kept Missouri State off the scoreboard for 22 consecutive innings dating back to the 2008 season.
For the Razorbacks at the plate, Eibner had the two big flies and he was joined by Andy Wilkins who contributed a single and a double. Scott Lyons also had a single to account for the five Razorback hits.
The Razorbacks are back on the road this weekend when they travel to Columbia, S.C., to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks in a key Southeastern Conference series. For more information regarding Razorback baseball or University of Arkansas athletics please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.