Round 2 to Mizzou.
All it took was one bad inning for Arkansas baseball and Missouri took advantage in evening the series at a game apiece with a 7-2 win Saturday in Columbia, Mo.
The Tigers scored 6 of their 7 runs in the sixth inning, hitting 3 home runs in the inning to take control. Robbie Glendinning and Nelson Mompierre hit 2-run shots, and Brian Sharp added a solo shot. The sixth run in the inning came via a Kameron Misner RBI single.
The loss was the first for Arkansas (20-5, 4-1) in SEC play. The Razorbacks still sit tied atop the SEC West standings after Auburn also lost Saturday.
The first two home runs — Glendinning’s and Sharp’s — chased Arkansas starter Trevor Stephan. It was Stephan’s worst start of the season. He went 5 1/3 innings and gave up 6 hits, 4 runs and 1 walk. But the hits were mostly mistakes more than Missouri (21-2, 4-1) smashing him around. Stephan struck out 10.
Stephan didn’t get much help on the other side, though. Missouri starter Michael Plassmeyer and reliever TJ Sikkema kept Arkansas hitters at bay. The two combined to give up 8 hits but only walked 2.
Only one Missouri batter failed to collect a hit, and only two didn’t score a run. The top producers for Arkansas were Luke Bonfield (3 for 3 with a walk and a run) and Chad Spanberger, who hit a solo home run to tie the game at 1 in the third. But other than a Carson Shaddy double and RBI, most of the Diamond Hogs hits were harmless.
The two play again Sunday to determine the series winner. Arkansas won the opener on Friday.
Grading the Hogs
They had 8 hits but only 2 for extra bases. It was a lot of station-to-station work, and they didn’t draw many walks.
It was really just the one inning. But giving up 3 home runs in one inning isn’t a recipe for success.
The Big Arm + Stick
Arm: Jake Reindl
He worked 2 2/3 innings, entering in the sixth after Kacey Murphy failed to record an out in relief of Stephan. Reindl gave up 2 hits and struck out 4.
The Arkansas left fielder was perfect in reaching base all 4 times. Bonfield is batting .337, second on the team, 5 points behind Shaddy.
What’s next for Arkansas?
The teams conclude the three-game set at 1 p.m. CT Sunday.