Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Benjamin Krain

Arkansas Razorbacks 9, Missouri Tigers 2

Arkansas snapped Missouri's NCAA-best 20-game winning streak Friday.

Arkansas battled the elements and snapped the country's longest winning streak Friday.

Playing around a long weather delay, the Razorbacks (19-4, 4-0 SEC) scored their first eight runs with two outs in a 9-2 win over Missouri (20-2, 3-1) in Columbia, Mo., ending the Tigers' 20-game winning streak.

It is only the second time Arkansas has won its first four conference games under head coach Dave Van Horn. The Razorbacks won their first eight in 2009.

Arkansas jumped all over Missouri junior right-hander and projected first-round draft pick Tanner Houck early, scoring five runs in the second inning.

Dominic Fletcher's leadoff single and Carson Shaddy's double gave the Razorbacks a pair of runners in scoring position to start the inning, but a base-running error by Fletcher on Eric Cole's grounder to third looked like it would prove costly.

Instead, the Razorbacks loaded the bases and got on the board when Jake Arledge was hit by a pitch. A two-run single by Chad Spanberger, a fielding error and an RBI single by Grant Koch gave Arkansas a 5-0 lead.

On the mound, sophomore right-hander Blaine Knight was rolling for the Razorbacks. He needed only 38 pitches to get through the first three innings, but lightning and rain moved into the area in the top of the fourth inning, causing a 2-hour, 11-minute delay.

That ended Houck's day, but surprisingly, Knight remained in the game and gave Arkansas another three innings. He gave up a couple of earned runs after play resumed, but finished with seven strikeouts while allowing five hits and one walk to improve to 3-1 on the year.

Dominic Taccolini closed it out for Arkansas, allowing only three baserunners - two hits and one walk - while striking out four in three scoreless innings to earn his second save of the season.

Although they didn't need it, the Razorbacks tacked on some insurance runs. Arledge drew a walk right after the delay, stole second and then scored on Spanberger's second hit of the day.

Arkansas also added one run in each of the final three innings. Cole knocked in two of them, while the third was the result of another fielding error.

Game 2 of the series is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, but rain is in the forecast all afternoon. If the game is played, it will be televised on the SEC Network. If it is postponed, the Razorbacks and Tigers will play two seven-inning games Sunday.


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