No. 24 Arkansas Rallies For 7-3 Win Over Misso
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The 24th-ranked Razorbacks rallied for five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to come away with a 7-3 victory over the Missouri Southern Lions Tuesday night at Baum Stadium.
Arkansas improved to 31-12 overall and snapped its five game losing streak with the victory. Missouri Southern fell to 26-22 overall with the loss. The loss was the 38th straight against the Razorbacks.
Caton Hall (2-2) earned the victory for Arkansas after throwing one and one-third innings in relief. Hall allowed just one hit and fanned two in earning his second win of the season.
Nick Johnson (4-6) took the loss for Missouri Southern after surrendering two runs, earned, on one hit in one and one-third inning of relief work.
The Razorbacks plated a run in the top of the first when Scott Bridges singled, advanced to second and came in on a single through the left side by Haas Pratt.
Arkansas added another run when Judd Kindle doubled home Jason Pyle (walk) to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning.
Missouri Southern took advantage of an Arkansas error in the third to get on the scoreboard. Zack Bronson doubled to center with two outs and came in to score when Brett Hagedorn threw wildly to first on a ground ball by Nathan Hughes.
Arkansas prevented a Missouri Southern score in the fifth when the Lions had two on and one out. Bronson hit a fly ball to shallow right that was snared on a diving grab by Nick Pitts. Pitts alertly threw to second base to double off Kevin Schiller who had broken to third base.
The Lions rallied to take the lead in the seventh, with the tying and go ahead runs coming with two outs. Aaron Techlin singled to open the inning and scored on a single to right by Bronson. Mark Catanzaro (hit by pitch) came in to score the go ahead run on a single to center by Nathan Hughes.
The Razorbacks rallied to take the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. Pratt was hit by a pitch to begin the inning and moved to third on a double to left-center by Andrew Wishy. Kirk McConnell then singled to right to score Pratt and even the game at 3-3.
Brady Toops gave the Razorbacks the lead with a single to right that scored Wishy to give the Hogs a 4-3 lead. With McConnell and Toops aboard, Clay Goodwin hit his second home run of the year, this one to left field that just cleared the wall and pushed the Arkansas lead to 7-3.
Ryan Fox worked the ninth inning, allowing just one walk, to seal the victory for the Razorbacks.
No. 24 Arkansas returns to action this Friday with a 6:30 p.m. game against Ole Miss at Baum Stadium.
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