Jake Wise's three-run home run capped a five-run rally for the No. 16 Razorbacks in the third inning that gave them a lead they would never surrender.
Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn commented on his decision to start Wise.
"Well I really felt like I had three for four choices of right handed hitters, they're all young. I just thought Jake had been swinging the bat really well, and we've said all along that he could hit.
"Tuesday night I started him up in Springfield against Missouri State and he went 3 for 3 with a sacrifice bunt and I just thought he ought to get a shot, I thought he deserved it, he'd earned it, and he really came through with that 3-run homerun."
The Hogs got the scoring going in the second when James McCann lead off with a double to deep right. McCann was brought in on an RBI single by Jarrod McKinney giving Arkansas an early 1-0 lead. McKinney had two hits on the night.
Bo Bigham, who extended his hit streak to 14 games with a double in the first, lead off the third inning with a single to center field. Matt Reynolds followed with a single to left, before Collin Kuhn turned a sacrifice bunt into an infield single, loading the bases for cleanup hitter Kyle Robinson.
Robinson took a pitch to deep center field that was caught at the wall, advancing the runners and extending the Hogs' lead to 2-0. Dominic Ficociello hit an RBI single to left scoring Reynolds and putting runners at the corners with one out.
After McCann fouled out to first, Wise hit a 1-1 fastball over the center field wall, just left of the 400 ft. sign putting the exclamation point on a five-run inning and chasing Mississippi State starter Nick Routt from the game.
Van Horn commented on the big inning.
"That five-run inning is the best we've had in a while. We had a bunt for a hit, we had a home run, a hit and run. We did a lot of things right that inning, and the home run came with two outs. It looked like it was going to be a good inning and it turned into a great inning with one swing."
Arkansas starter Randall Fant pitched 4 1/3 innings giving up just one run on five hits while striking out two, but his performance was shadowed by Barrett Astin.
The freshman pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief giving up four hits and striking out 10. Every out recorded by Astin was a strikeout. The last Arkansas pitcher to strike out 10 was Drew Smyly in April of 2010 at No. 7 Florida.
"Extremely impressive," McCann said about Astin's performance. "I don't know if he can ever duplicate that outing ever again in his career, that's something that's not heard of too much. Ten strikeouts and ten outs, that's pretty good right there."
Astin commented on his outing.
"It's always good to come out and have a five-run lead, that's what every pitcher dreams to have. With a five-run lead there are more things you can do, and I was able to throw some pitches that maybe I couldn't get away with if we were up by one or two."
The win moved Arkansas, 26-8 (8-6), a 1/2 game ahead of Alabama for first place in the SEC West. The Hogs' previous four wins were all by one run.
"Early in the SEC I think our inexperience kind of got to us," McCann said. "We were in every ballgame, just couldn't find the magic touch to win.
"Now that we've got that experience, I think guys are starting to grow up and we're starting to mesh together as a team. Good teams put together big time winning streaks like we're in the middle of, we just have to keep in going."
The Razorbacks return to action tomorrow in the finale of the three-game series. Van Horn said he has not decided on who Arkansas' starter will be. That game is set for a 1:05 pm start at Baum Stadium.