If you were holding back on Arkansas baseball, now might be the time to stop. The Razorbacks are good. And entering Game 2 of a three-game series with Missouri today at 2 p.m., another win might make them even scary-good.
Arkansas won the series opener, 9-2, on Friday. An odd game that was originally scheduled for 6 p.m., then moved to noon, then delayed about halfway through for 2 hours, 11 minutes, came to a close with the Razorbacks (20-4, 4-0) still sitting perfect and Mizzou’s 20-game winning streak on the coals.
The Diamond Hogs tagged All-SEC pitcher Tanner Houck for five runs in the second inning, chasing him by the time the rain delay finished with 3 2/3 innings in his line score. Jake Arledge was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Chad Spanberger followed immediately with a two-run single. Luke Bonfield plated a run immediately after that when he reached on an error. And Grant Koch singled home one more for good measure following Bonfield.
BoomBoomBoomBoom. Four straight Razorbacks batters. Five runs.
In the meantime, Arkansas ace Blaine Knight kept up his dominating start to the season. Missouri (20-2 3-1), the third-best hitting team in the SEC entering Friday, managed just five hits off Knight. The Tigers did tag him for a run apiece in the fourth and fifth innings, but it was just a scratch against the 5-0 lead Arkansas carried into those middle innings. Knight left after six, allowing the two runs on five hits and a walk. He also struck out seven.
Arkansas went to work again in the final three, scoring one each in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.
The Razorbacks are now 4-0 to start the SEC season. Remember, they won just eight total SEC games the entire season last year. Arkansas and Auburn remain the only two undefeated teams in league play so far this year. The Diamond Hogs knocked Mizzou from that perch Saturday.
Doing it again Saturday and/or Sunday would cement Arkansas’ status as “threat.”
What times are the games?
Saturday at 2 p.m.
Sunday at 1 p.m.
How can I watch?
The game Saturday is on SEC Network. Sunday’s game is on SEC Network+.
Who is calling the Arkansas game?
Alex Perlman (PBP) and Todd Walker (analyst) have the game on Saturday. Ben Arnet (play-by-play) and Tim Jamieson (analyst) will call things Sunday.