Arkansas Stymies Stephen F. Austin

Arkansas needs to start building momentum heading down the home stretch of the regular season and Tuesday could be the start of it.

The Razorbacks got three RBI from Michael Bernal as Arkansas handled Stephen F. Austin 7-2 at Baum Stadium.

Arkansas led from the start as redshirt freshman Blake Baxendale had a RBI single in the first and the Hogs never looked back.

Bernal finished with three hits and drove in three from the nine spot in the lineup.

“I thought we came out and swung the bats pretty well tonight,” Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. “I feel like offensively, up and down the lineup, it is starting to get better and a little more consistent.  I know we weren’t facing SEC weekend pitching, but he still had a good arm with a good breaking ball.  I thought we did a good job with pitches that were in the zone and that were hittable.”

Arkansas got the job done on the mound by committee as Van Horn used four pitchers to get the win. Colin Poche got credit for the victory as he threw three innings while allowing two hits and struck out three.

“Alex Phillips just didn’t throw strikes,” Van Horn said. “I think he was a little nervous.  SFA is basically in his hometown, and I’m sure that had a little bit to do with it.  Stone came in and did a nice job for us.  Poché had pretty good stuff, he just missed a couple calls that could have really helped him, but they might have been an inch or two out of the zone.  Then, Gunn came in and we were just trying to get him some work.”

The Razorbacks (23-15) are off until Friday when the host a three game SEC series against No. 11 Vanderbilt.

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