Arkansas Breezes To Win Against Missouri St.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- One could tell early on, Arkansas wasn't going to have much trouble winning its sixth straight game.

And Razorbacks fans were able to kick up their heels, lean back in their chairs and relax on a cool but comfortable Wednesday night at Hammons Field.

Arkansas embarrassed Missouri State 16-2 in front of 1,983 fans and left little doubt it was the better team, at least on this particular night.

Strangely enough, Arkansas only out-hit Missouri State 13-12. Brad Secrist had three hits for the Razorbacks while Matt Willard and Ben Tschepikow each collected two hits.

"They never put together that big inning or got that big hit," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "I was kind of kidding our pitchers, telling them you scattered 12 hits but you only gave up two runs. That's good.

"The only reason you didn't give up only two runs is you didn't walk anybody and you didn't make any errors."

Like some other midweek games, Van Horn was able to do a lot of wholesale substitutions and let a few starters rest. "It was a good night to play a lot of people, throw some guys," Van Horn said. "I thought (Evan) Cox did a nice job coming in, freshman, throws hard, got a good arm. "He might help us sometime this year."

Arkansas (30-10) won the first meeting of the season against Missouri State (19-18) 2-0 last week in Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.

In the first inning Wednesday night, which lasted longer than a Jerry Lewis telethon, the No. 9 Razorbacks scored five runs on only one hit, but they benefited from four walks, a hit batsman and catcher's interference.

In the second inning, the Razorbacks scored six more runs on only three singles, including an infield hit. They also had three walks and another hit batsman to increase their lead to 11-1.

"We did a good job of jumping out early," Van Horn said. "I told our guys on the way up here, 'We want you guys to relax, have fun, play hard.'

"I thought we played hard."

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