Arkansas 10, Missouri State 0

Arkansas rolls to a 10-0 win over Missouri State Wednesday night at Baum Stadium with the hitters matching a season high with 17 base knocks and four pitchers fanning a school-record 18 batters while hurling the team's first shutout in exactly a year.

When the top two hitters in your lineup match the other team's hit total, score six runs and drive in five, odds are the game probably went your way.

Especially if your pitching staff hurls a shutout for the first time in exactly a year and fans a school-record 18 batters in the process.

Scott Lyons and Chase Leavitt combined for 6 hits, 6 runs and 5 RBIs as the University of Arkansas matched a season-high with 17 hits en route to a 10-0 spanking of Missouri State Wednesday night before 3,314 fans at Baum Stadium.

"We had the leadoff man on all night and had the option to hit and run, steal or do whatever we needed to do," Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. "…We threw a lot of strikes, played solid defense and I think we struck them out a bunch."

The win was the fourth in a row and eight in their last nine contests for the Razorbacks (17-4, 6-0) while the loss ended a seven-game winning streak for the Bears (11-11).

"This was a great ballgame for our team," Van Horn said. "Coming off that road trip at Auburn where we played solid and won a couple of tight games. It was just a good game for us and now we can get ready for Mississippi State (this weekend)."

Leavitt is hitting .429 this season and Lyons – riding an 11-game hitting streak – is up to .333 to form a potent 1-2 punch.

"It is going really good now," Leavitt said. "A lot of guys are hitting the ball really well and the swings are looking really good. When you have got the 1-2 guys swinging it, it makes it really tough for the other two."

Lyons is enjoying settling into the two hole behind Leavitt and says his hard work in the offseason is paying off.

"I worked hard this summer and I just felt I need to prove myself this year," Lyons said. "I am real comfortable and feel great with my teammates."

Starting pitcher Brett Eibner (2-2) combined with three other hurlers for the shutout, fanning a career-high 7 himself while allowing just two hits and walking one.

"Eibner threw really well," Van Horn said. "He even had his slider working. You saw that were swinging at it and missing pretty good and when you are throwing 92, 93 miles an hour – and that's what it looked like he was throwing to me – you have to jump out there to catch up with it and put a little wrinkle in it and get it down and it fooled them a little bit."

Sam Murphy followed with three scoreless frames and Christian Kowalchuk and Kendall Wehrle worked out of trouble in their one inning each to preserve the shutout.

Each of the four pitchers either set or tied a career-high in strikeouts and combined to limit the visitors to six hits.

"I thought Sam Murphy came in and did a heck of a job," Van Horn said. "His arm strength has really improved and he is throwing the ball harder, his slider is sharp. They hit a couple of balls hard, but he got out of it and when you leading 5, 6 and 7 to nothing, it makes it a lot easier to pitch."

Starter J.C. Casey (1-2) – the first of five Missouri State pitchers – got the loss.

Arkansas took the lead quickly when Leavitt tripled to open the bottom of the first and Lyons' single drove him home for a 1-0 advantage.

It became 2-0 in the third when Lyons doubled leading off and Ben Tschepikow's single chased him to the plate.

Lyons' sacrifice fly moved it to 3-0 in the fourth and a three-run fifth pushed it to 6-0.

Andrew Darr singled and scored when Zach Cox' double was misplayed and Leavitt and Lyons both added RBI singles in that fifth.

The Razorbacks then put it away with four more in the seventh.

Darr also made a tremendous defensive in the fourth inning with a pair of runners on, leaning into the stands to catch a foul ball.

"That was a great play," Van Horn said. "He went into the stands and brought it back. What he did was got over there and gave himself a chance so he didn't have to run through that and hurt himself."

Arkansas is set to open the Mississippi State series with a Friday night game at 6:35 p.m.


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