The nation’s second longest active winning streak at seven games and Missouri State’s streak of 83 games without being shut out both came to an end Wednesday evening with a 10-0 loss to ninth-ranked Arkansas at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.
The Bears fell to 11-11 with the defeat, while the Razorbacks improved to 17-4. Missouri State struck out a season-high 18 times, the most in a game since a school-record 20 in 2002.
Arkansas was ahead 1-0 just two batters into the bottom of the first after a leadoff triple, but a double play ended what looked to be a promising inning for the home team. Scott Lyons, who drove in the first-inning run, doubled to lead off the third and scored on Ben Tschepikow’s RBI single. Tschepikow worked his way around to score on a stolen base and two ground outs for a 3-0 lead.
A single and two hit batters loaded the bases with Razorbacks in the fourth, and UA came away with a sacrifice fly from Lyons to push the lead to 4-0. The Hogs added two runs in the fifth a four more in the eighth.
The Bears loaded the bases in the eighth and began the ninth with a double, but came away scoreless both times.
One streak did remain intact as Brayden Drake extended his hitting streak to 30 games with a two-out double in the first. He finished with three of Missouri State’s six hits.
Starter J.C. Casey (1-2) took the loss for MSU after allowing three runs in two innings. The Bears return home Friday for a 6:30 p.m. contest with Oral Roberts.
Story courtesy of MSU athletics