FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Catch complete inning-by-inning updates of Arkansas’ clash with Missouri State right here.
Arkansas scored another two in the seventh and now leads 12-4 in a very slowly played game.
An RBI triple to the rightfield corner for Jax Biggers makes it 10-3. This game just keeps going.
Missouri State pulled a run back off Barrett Loseke. Aaron Graham had an RBI double to left-center to score Jake Burger, whom Loseke pegged with a pitch earlier. Now 9-3, Arkansas.
A wild pitch to Luke Bonfield allowed Jake Arledge to come home, too and it’s 9-2.
Spanberger picked up his third RBI of the night. A seeing-eye single through the right side scored Jordan McFarland it’s 8-2. Spanberger is now 3 for 4.
Rolling. Luke Bonfield just plated two more with a single. Bases were loaded two batters ago. Cleared now, except for Bonfield who stands at first with nobody out. It’s 7-2.
One batter after Arledge, Chad Spanberger sent a shot off the leftfield wall, scored two runners. Arkansas taking control now. Still nobody out, 5-2. Jake Arledge, with the bases loaded singled back up the middle on a ball that stayed in the infield. Scored a run. Jax Biggers was actually called out running from first base to second on a play that, on television, looked nowhere near the tag-out the umpire called.
Jake Arledge, with the bases loaded singled back up the middle on a ball that stayed in the infield. Scored a run. Jax Biggers was actually called out running from first base to second on a play that, on television, looked nowhere near the tag-out the umpire called. It was overturned on appeal.
At any rate, it’s 3-2.
Back-to-back doubles for Missouri State in the bottom of the third ties it again. Now it’s 2-2.
Carson Shaddy just had an RBI single to right-center. Luke Bonfield, who started the inning with a single to left, scored from second base. Arkansas leads, 2-1.
Kevin Kopps entered for Kacey Murphy after Murphy let two on. Kopps left ’em stranded. Still 1-1.
Missouri State starter Nate Withorspoon has struck out six batters through two innings. That’s every out recorded so far. He’s also given up four hits. Playing with fire a bit.
Jake Burger just sent a missile over the left field wall off Kacey Murphy. It got out of the park in a hurry. Tied game, 1-1.
Grant Koch plated Jake Arledge in the top of the first after Arledge and Chad Spanberger both singled to start the inning. Arkansas took a 1-0 lead.
Arkansas’ biggest non-SEC rival gets a visit from the Razorbacks on Tuesday as the Diamond Hogs head to Missouri State for a one-off game in Springfield.
Just about a two-hour drive is all that separates the two schools, which will be playing for the seventh time in the last three seasons. Most famously they met in the 2015 Super Regional at Baum Stadium. Missouri State should have been hosting it, but because of a scheduling conflict with the Double-A Springfield Cardinals, the series fell in the Razorbacks’ laps.
So did a College World Series appearance.
The Bears already exacted some revenge for 2015 last season. A home-and-home series went Missouri State’s way both games by a combined score of 22-8.
But Arkansas (25-8) is a far different team this time around. The Razorbacks are ranked in every major college baseball poll in the country. Collegiate Baseball has Arkansas as the 11th-ranked team in the nation. Missouri State is unranked in every poll.
Missouri State (21-10) also isn’t slouching. Keith Guttin’s crew leads the Missouri Valley Conference with a perfect 6-0 record. The Bears also have 21 wins overall and won six of their last seven.
Arkansas baseball vs. Missouri State game information
First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
Kacey Murphy (3-0, 3.57 ERA) goes for Arkansas against Nate Witherspoon (1-2, 4.42 ERA) for Missouri State.
How can I watch?
The game is available online only on ESPN3. Fans can watch via WatchESPN or the WatchESPN app.
Arkansas baseball schedule
April 11: at Missouri State
April 13-15: vs. Georgia
April 18-19: vs. Memphis
April 21-23: @ Auburn
April 25: vs. Kansas State (Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City)
April 27-29: vs. Ole Miss
May 4-6: @ Tennessee
May 12-14: vs. Vanderbilt
May 18-20: @ Texas A&M
May 23-28: SEC tournament
June 2-5: NCAA regionals
June 9-12: NCAA super regionals
June 17-29: College World Series