Broncos Fall To Hogs

In a battle of two teams headed in opposite directions, winless Western Michigan came up short to undefeated Arkansas, 6-2, in a non-conference game held in Baum Stadium at George Cole Field. The 28th-ranked Razorbacks improved to 9-0, while WMU fell to 0-4 on its spring trip.

For the second straight game, Western Michigan seized an early lead, only to fall victim to a big inning from its opponent. The Broncos scored twice in the second when Steve Horn doubled in Chad Tarpley and Mark Abro with one out in the inning. Horn finished 3-for-4 at the plate, while Tarpley singled twice for his first hits of the season.

Arkansas responded with a run in the third then scored four times in the bottom fourth, sending eight batters to the plate. As a result, WMU starter Keith Perez was replaced by Shawn Morrison, who held UA scoreless over the next three innings, allowing three hits. Perez finished with five strikeouts and five earned runs over 3.2 innings of work in his first start since the 2000 season.

"Our kids played well against a tough team. We're not happy we didn't win, but we played a lot better than on Sunday" said WMU Head Coach Fred Decker, whose squad was coming off a 15-4 loss to Ole Miss. "Today it really was a game of inches, where we had a few line drives that were caught that could have made a difference."

Arkansas received multiple-hit performances from 2B Scott Bridges and C Brady Toops and run support from the bottom of its lineup as its sixth, seventh and eighth-spot hitters combined for four runs on five hits. Clay Goodwin halted Bronco rallies in the fifth and sixth innings with two solid fielding plays from third base.

Western Michigan meets Arkansas tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. CST to conclude the two-game series. Pat Misch (0-1) will start on the mound for the Broncos.

NOTES: For the third time in four games, WMU's defense did not commit an error ... rookie Frank Ballard earned his first start at DH, but did not reach base ... Arkansas is ranked 28th in this week's Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll.

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