Arkansas 4, Nebraska 3

Tyler Spoon produced the big hit, a two-run double as Arkansas fought back from an early deficit to defeat Nebraska, 4-3, on Tuesday night at Baum Stadium.

Arkansas loaded the bases three times and capitalized on the opportunity just once, but it was enough to beat Nebraska 4-3 Tuesday night at Baum Stadium.

After giving up a pair of runs and squandering a bases loaded chance in the second inning, the Razorbacks loaded the bases with no outs in the third.

This time, Tyler Spoon made the Cornhuskers pay, lining a pitch down the third base line for a 2-run double that tied the game.

KJ Wilkerson and Eric Fisher followed with a pair of sacrifice flies to extend the lead to 4-2.

"That was big...just to score all of those runs," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "I feel fortunate that we got all of those runs and didn't leave anyone out there."

Nebraska (15-13) got runners on the corners in the fifth inning with one out and forced Van Horn to call to the bullpen. Zach Jackson replaced starter Colin Poche and held the Razorbacks' lead, getting Nebraska's Michael Pritchard to ground out and Tanner Lubach to strike out to end the threat. Only one run scored.

Poche struggled to find the strike zone all game, walking five batters in 5 1/3 innings and striking out two. Only half of his 64 pitches were strikes.

The bullpen combined to walk three more batters, which tied the Razorbacks' season high of eight walks allowed. Arkansas pitchers also walked eight batters against Eastern Illinois Feb. 23.

Despite the walks, Nebraska had only two hits the entire game, both of which came in the second inning. The Cornhuskers entered the game with a .311 batting average, which ranked ninth in the NCAA.

"The pitchers did a good job," Van Horn said. "The whole issue is we walked people and we normally don't walk people. I feel very fortunate to win the game when you walk that many people."

Arkansas could have extended its lead in the seventh inning, but Brian Anderson grounded into a double play with the bases loaded. The Razorbacks stranded five runners on base, four of which were in scoring position.

Michael Gunn relieved Jackson in the eighth inning and earned the two-inning save. It was his fifth save of the season. Gunn did not allow a hit and has given up only five in 15 innings of work this year.

The win improved Arkansas to 18-10 on the season and snapped a two-game losing streak. It was also the first game in five-day stretch in which Arkansas plays every day.

"[The win] was big for us," Spoon said. "It's important when you're playing a five game stretch to get some momentum going into tomorrow."

The Razorbacks will play another game against the Cornhuskers at Baum Stadium Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m.

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