Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas.
Bernal homers, Diamond Hogs cruise to win
Arkansas' Michael Bernal swings through after connecting on a three run home run against UNLV Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas did its damage early Tuesday afternoon, beating Missouri State 4-1 at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo.
Michael Bernal hit a two-run home run as the Razorbacks scored four runs on five hits in the second inning en route to their 10th straight win over the Bears.
The other two runs came on a sacrifice fly by Jake Wise and an RBI-single by Andrew Benintendi.
Missouri State collected only five hits against Arkansas' six pitchers.
Left-hander Colin Poche started for the Razorbacks, but walked four batters and gave up one hit in two innings of work before being relieved. Jackson Lowery and Dominic Taccolini each pitched two innings, while Jacob Stone, Zach Jackson and Michael Gunn tossed one inning apiece.
Taccolini was credited with the win for his two perfect innings in which he struck out two batters.
Arkansas threatened to add to its lead, but came up empty after loading the bases with two outs in the eighth and getting runners on second and third with two outs in the ninth.
The Bears' only run of the game came when Patrick Drake hit an RBI-single off of Lowery in the third inning. Missouri State used a one-out single and walk to put two runners on base in the eighth, but Jackson struck out the next two batters to end the threat.
It was Arkansas' last nonconference game of the season. The Razorbacks travel to Oxford, Miss., for a three-game series against No. 11 Ole Miss this weekend. The first game is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Friday.