Fayetteville, AR (UofA) – The 15th-ranked Razorback baseball team came up short in its series deciding game with Missouri Sunday afternoon at Baum Stadium, falling 10-1 to the Tigers for its first weekend series loss at home this season.
The Razorbacks (19-9, 4-5 SEC) scattered six hits in the game scoring just the one run in the bottom of the seventh on a Darien Simms pinch-hit ground out.
Juniors Clark Eagan and Austin Catron both tallied multi-hit games, each going 2-for-4. Catron, who was coming off a career game on Saturday, continued his hot hitting as he is five for his last seven at-bats, two for extra bases, three RBI and three runs scored. For Eagan, it was his 40th multi-hit game of his career and 11th this season.
Missouri (17-13, 2-7 SEC) had two big innings of offense, scoring four runs in the fourth and four runs in the eighth. Arkansas starting pitcher Barrett Loseke was pulled in the middle of the fourth after giving up three runs on two hits, one being an RBI triple by Zach Lavy.
The Razorbacks made things interesting in the seventh. Down 4-0, the Hogs got lead-off singles by Catron and Michael Bernal to put two on with nobody out. After a Tucker Pennell fly out, Eagan walked to load the bases.
Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn decided to pinch-hit with Simms and got a well-placed groundout to the right side, giving Arkansas its first run of the day and cutting Missouri’s lead to 4-1.
With both runners now in scoring position, the Hogs seemed primed to cut the lead to one as Carson Shaddy lined one right into the right-centerfield gap, but a diving stop by Jake Ring saved both runs and ended the best Hog threat of the day.
Missouri starting pitcher Michael Plassmeyer earned the win after going 3.2 innings, giving up no runs on four hits with five strikeouts. Brian Sharp earned his fourth save of the year, entering the game in the seventh inning and walking just two batters the rest of the way.
The Razorbacks dip back into non-conference play on Wednesday when they travel to Memphis, Tenn., to take on the Memphis Tigers at Auto-Zone Park, home of the St. Louis Cardinals Triple-A affiliate, Memphis Redbirds. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m.