An offensive explosion helped No. 22 Arkansas dig out of an early hole and remain perfect Sunday.
The Razorbacks hit a pair of home runs in their 10-6 win over Texas Tech at Minute Maid Park, giving them a sweep of three former Southwest Conference foes at the Shriners Hospitals for Children's College Classic in Houston.
Michael Bernal’s two-run home run in the fourth inning gave Arkansas a 6-5 lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
The hit was the culmination of a two-inning comeback by the Razorbacks.
Texas Tech chased Arkansas starter Keaton McKinney in a five-run first inning, while the Red Raiders’ starter, Ty Damron, retired the first six batters he faced.
Things started turning in the Razorbacks’ favor in the third.
Carson Shaddy had an RBI single and Clark Eagan had an RBI triple in a four-run inning, cutting Arkansas’ deficit to one.
After Bernal’s go-ahead home run, the Razorbacks added a run on a sacrifice fly by Eric Cole. Tucker Pennell scored from second on the play because Tech centerfielder Tanner Gardner thought it was the third out and was slow throwing the ball in.
It was the highlight of Pennell’s career day, as he went 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles, a run scored and a stolen base.
Eagan extended the Razorbacks’ lead to 8-5 with a leadoff home run in the fifth.
The Red Raiders (6-2) responded with a run in the bottom of the inning, but Arkansas got an RBI single by Rick Nomura and scored on a wild pitch in the eighth to cap the scoring.
All of the offensive production picked up the slack for McKinney, who lasted just 2/3 of an inning and gave up five earned runs. He struggled with his command, throwing only 17 of his 37 pitches for strikes, walking two batters and hitting another.
With McKinney’s short outing, the Razorbacks used six relievers, who gave up one run in 8 1/3 innings.
Cannon Chadwick was the second player out of the bullpen and earned the win. He allowed one run on three hits and struck out three in 2 1/3 innings.
The win improved Arkansas to 8-0, which is its best start since winning its first nine games in 2006.
The Razorbacks return to Fayetteville to play Louisiana Tech on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.