Eight unanswered runs lead Razorbacks over Bears

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By John Franklin Thomas

It took a few innings for the offense to get going, but the eighth-ranked Arkansas baseball team was able to score eight unanswered runs over the final four innings Tuesday night to beat Missouri State, 8-2, at Hammons Field.

Arkansas (21-4, 5-1 SEC) has beaten Missouri State (5-17, 0-0 MVC) four of the last six times dating back to the 2017 season and finish the six-game road trip with a 4-2 record. In all four of the victories, the Hogs scored eight or more runs and held opponents to four or less. Arkansas is now 16-3 in non-conference games and averaging 8.2 runs per game.

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Eight different Razorbacks found the hit column with Dominic Fletcher and Jack Kenley both turning in two-hit performances. Fletcher went 2-for-4 extending his hit streak to six games and getting the RBI single in the seventh Tuesday night. Kenley picked up his 19th RBI of the year on a single in the ninth to give Arkansas its final tally of the game.

The biggest hits of the night came off the bat of redshirt freshman Jacob Nesbit and pinch hitter Trey Harris in the sixth inning. With the Hogs trailing 2-0 in what turned out to be a pitchers’ duel for the first half of the game, Nesbit extended his team-best hitting streak to 15 games with a bases-loaded single that tied the game. It was Nesbit’s only hit of the night, but his sixth multi-RBI game this season.

Then, Harris was called off the bench and provided what ended up being the game-winning run on a single to left-center, his eighth hit of the year and fifth RBI. Harris is now 3-for-3 in pinch-hit situations this year and all three hits have driven in at least one run.

Arkansas returns home for its next conference series as it welcomes No. 21 Ole Miss to Baum-Walker Stadium for a three-game series. The series will start on Friday at 8 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU.

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