ARLINGTON, Texas — No. 9 Texas Baseball fell to No. 8 Arkansas, 4-0, Sunday in the State Farm College Baseball Showdown at Globe Life Field. The Longhorns will finish the weekend against No. 6 Ole Miss on Monday at 2:30 p.m.
Tristan Stevens made his first start since 2018 and was solid, pitching 5 1/3 innings and allowing three runs on two hits with two strikeouts. After holding Arkansas to one run on two hits through the first five innings, he allowed two runners to reach in the sixth before being relieved. Unfortunately for Stevens, both runners came around to score on a three-run homer.
DJ Petrinsky reached base three times in the game, being hit by a pitch twice and walking once, in his first start of the season. Murphy Stehly finished 2-for-3 with a pair of single and now has three hits this season.
Texas had a great chance to get on the board early, loading the bases with one out in the top of the third inning but the Longhorns were unable to scratch out a run.
Stevens retired the first 11 batters he faced to start the game before a two-out single in the fourth inning. That single sparked a two-out rally for Arkansas, scratching out a run to take a 1-0 lead. Stevens was able to get a groundout to get of the jam and limit the damage.
No. 8 Arkansas upped its lead to 4-0 in the sixth with a three-run homer off of reliever Dawson Merryman.
Tanner Witt struck out three batters in a scoreless seventh inning, while making his Texas debut. The freshman allowed a pair of hits but got the Longhorns out of the inning with no damage done. He finished with 1 2/3 innings pitched with five strikeouts.
Jared Southard pitched for the second-consecutive day, getting one out to end the eighth inning.