The Arkansas baseball team snapped a two-game losing streak on Tuesday night, beating Missouri State, 12-4, up in Springfield.
The Razorbacks came off a weekend that saw them lose an SEC series for the first time all year. Missouri State, which has been Arkansas’ biggest nonconference rival the last three years, provided a good opponent against which to exorcise some anger.
Diamond Hogs hitters laced Missouri State for 18 hits and scored a run off every one of the six pitchers the Bears threw. Arkansas (26-8) had a hit in every inning of the game and scored in every inning except the second.
Luke Bonfield and Chad Spanberger had the best hitting day. Bonfield went 3 for 6 with a triple, three RBIS and two runs. Spanberger was 3 for 4 with two walks, a double, three RBIs and two runs. Grant Koch was also 3 for 3 with two walks and two RBIs.
Despite the margin of victory, none of the Arkansas pitchers were especially sharp. Matt Cronin had the best outing and he went 1 2/3 innings of one-hit, one-walk ball. He was the only Arkansas pitcher not to give up a run.
But the runs the others gave up were not especially a big deal. Only starter Kacey Murphy’s and first-reliever-out Kevin Kopps’ mattered. Arkansas scored one in the first which Missouri State countered off Murphy, then the Diamond Hogs plated another in the third, which the Bears countered off Kopps. The Razorbacks then scored five in batting around in the fourth inning and were never troubled again.
Arkansas returns to SEC play on Thursday when it hosts Georgia for a three-game set at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville. The Diamond Hogs are currently in a four-way tie for first in the SEC with an 8-4 record. They own the tiebreaker over one of the tied teams, Mississippi State, by virtue of sweeping the Bulldogs earlier this year.