FAYETTEVILLE – The Arkansas baseball team (20-13) dropped the opening game of a midweek series with UNLV (23-9) Tuesday evening, falling 10-7 at Baum Stadium.
Michael Bernal led the way at the plate with two hits, including a three-run home run to left field in the second inning to give the Razorbacks a 3-2 lead. Brian Anderson continued his recent hot streak as well, reaching base four times, including a solo home run in the ninth inning to extend his hitting streak to a season-best nine games.
Four Razorback pitchers toed the rubber, including Landon Simpson (0-1) who suffered his first loss of the season in 3.0 innings of relief work. Colin Poché got the start, while James Teague and Jackson Lowery both made appearances out of the bullpen.
Arkansas and UNLV will play the final game of the midweek set Wednesday evening at Baum Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m.
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Head Coach Dave Van Horn Quotes
Arkansas Head Coach Dave Van Horn (On tonight’s pitching performance…) – “We got off to a bad start. They were getting big hits with two outs the first couple innings and jumped on us. We held them in the first, then in the second and third it seemed like they had runners all over the bases. We managed to hang in there and made a game of it late, but it just was not a very pretty game at all.”
Arkansas Head Coach Dave Van Horn (On Tyler Spoon’s catch…) – “He made a great catch in left center. That catch is about as good as it gets going with your back to the field. He’s pretty fearless out there; he didn’t even flinch. The fence was getting on him pretty quick and he just ran to the ball and made a great plays.”
• Mike Bernal hit his first home run as a Razorback in the second inning, as Arkansas went yard for the first time in the last 10 games.
• Brian Anderson extended his hitting streak to nine games after connecting with his third home run of the season in the ninth inning. He reached base four times, including a career-high three walks.
• The Razorbacks recorded two home runs for the first time since March 21, against Alabama. Arkansas has had two games with multiple home runs this season.
• Joe Serrano recorded his team-leading 11th multi-hit game of the season.
How They Scored
· Arkansas 0, UNLV 1; Top 2: Dylan Ellis flew out to center field; Erik Vanmeetren scored on the sacrifice.
· Arkansas 0, UNLV 2; Top 2: Joey Armstrong doubled down the right field line; Morgan Stotts scored.
· Arkansas 3, UNLV 2; Bottom 2: Michael Bernal hit a three-run home run to left field, scoring Krisjon Wilkerson and Bobby Wernes.
· Arkansas 3, UNLV 3; Top 3: Morgan Stotts flew out to right field; T.J. White scored on the sacrifice.
· Arkansas 4, UNLV 3; Bottom 3: Blake Baxendale reached on a fielding error by the third baseman; Joe Serrano scored.
· Arkansas 4, UNLV 5; Top 4: T.J. White doubled to right-center field; Dylan Ellis and Joey Armstrong scored.
· Arkansas 4, UNLV 6; Top 5: Edgar Montes hit a solo home run down the left field line.
· Arkansas 4, UNLV 7; Top 6: T.J. White singled to left field; Matt McAllister scored.
· Arkansas 4, UNLV 8; Top 6: AJ Hernandez drew a bases loaded walk; Justin Jones scored.
· Arkansas 4, UNLV 9; Top 6: Edgar Montes reached on catcher’s interference; T.J. White scored.
· Arkansas 4, UNLV 10; Top 6: Dylan Ellis drew a bases loaded walk; Patrick Armstrong scored.
· Arkansas 5, UNLV 10; Bottom 7: Brian Anderson drew a bases loaded walk; Michael Bernal scored.
· Arkansas 6, UNLV 10; Bottom 7: Eric Fisher flew out to center field; Andrew Benintendi scored on the sacrifice.
· Arkansas 7, UNLV 10; Bottom 9: Brian Anderson hit a solo home run to center field.