SHREVEPORT, La. – Senior Ben Tschepikow was perfect at the plate and drove in all three Arkansas runs, but despite his best efforts, the Arkansas baseball team fell to Centenary in Shreveport, La., on Tuesday night, 8-3.
The Razorbacks (9-3) committed four errors in the game in the opening three innings to fall behind quickly to Centenary (6-3) by a 4-0 tilt by the top of the fourth. The Hogs would scratch out a run in that inning when Scott Lyons led off with a single, one of two on the night for the senior from West Covina, Calif. Lyons would move to second on a passed ball and score on a Tschepikow single up the middle.
The Razorbacks would make it a one-run game in the top of the sixth on Tschepikow’s fourth home run of the year, a towering shot over the right-field wall which again brought Lyons around to score.
Centenary would add a fifth run in the bottom of the sixth and open up a sizeable lead in the bottom of the seventh when they tacked on three against the Razorback bullpen.
Arkansas’ struggles in the field started in the first when a steal attempt by the Gents forced an errant throw by catcher Ryan Cisterna allowing the runner to advance to third. A catcher’s interference call on the next batter accounted for another error as the Gents tallied two runs on three hits and two errors in the first.
An error in each of the next two innings by the Razorbacks led to single runs for the Gents and gave Centenary the margin of victory they needed.
Tschepikow would match a season high with three hits in the game including a walk to continue his hot streak at the plate and improve his season batting average to .385. Along with Tschepikow, Lyons collected two hits while Jarrod McKinney and Jacob House each had one to account for the Razorbacks’ seven hits.
The Razorbacks and Gents are scheduled to conclude their series on Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. For more information regarding Razorback baseball or University of Arkansas athletics please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.