Bernal carries Hogs

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Arkansas baseball team (29-18) put a lid on its nonconference schedule Tuesday afternoon, scoring four early runs to cruise to a 4-1 victory over Missouri State (19-21) at Hammons Field.

The Razorbacks broke out the bats in the second inning and batted around to score four runs on five hits and take a commanding lead. Jake Wise drove in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly to right field, and Michael Bernal followed and drilled a two-run homer over the fence in left field for his second home run of the year to give Arkansas a 3-0 lead.

Andrew Benintendi capped off the big inning with an RBI single to right field to send Bobby Wernes to the plate and give the Razorbacks a 4-0 second-inning advantage.

Arkansas trotted six pitchers to the hill with Dominic Taccolini (2-0) getting the win in relief after tossing 2 hitless innings with a pair of strikeouts. Colin Poché and Jackson Lowery each worked 2 innings, while Jacob Stone, Zach Jackson and Michael Gunn worked an inning apiece to close the game. Gunn earned his seventh save of the year with a perfect ninth inning.

The Razorbacks return to action this weekend, traveling to Oxford, Miss., to take on No. 10 Ole Miss at Swayze Field. First pitch Friday is slated 6:30 p.m., followed by 2:15 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.