HOUSTON, Texas -- The 18th-ranked Arkansas baseball team was down 5-0 early to No. 23 Texas Tech Sunday afternoon, but battled back in a big way to score eight unanswered runs and eventually win, 10-6, for its eighth win in a row to remain undefeated. The rally was completed by another big home run from senior Michael Bernal, his third home run of the weekend and fourth of the season.
Bernal, who was coming off a two home run game yesterday against No. 9 Houston, did it again in the fourth inning today, hitting a long home run to left field, giving Arkansas the 6-5 lead over the Red Raiders (6-2), which it never relinquished. Just in the three games of the Houston College Classic this weekend, Bernal was 4-for-11 (.364) with three home runs and seven RBI.
With Sunday's win, Arkansas (8-0) matches its second-best start under current head coach Dave Van Horn and ties for the third-best start in Arkansas history. Van Horn's club started his first season at the helm in 2003, 10-0, and then followed that in 2004 with an 8-0 start.
Junior Cannon Chadwick picked up his first victory of the year out of the bullpen, throwing 2.1 innings, giving up just one earned run, three hits and striking out three. The Arkansas starter, Keaton McKinney, never made it out of the first inning, allowing five earned runs on three hits and two walks.
Arkansas had four players with multi-hit games Sunday. Along with Bernal, who notched his second-straight two-hit game, Clark Eagan and Jake Arledge both had two hits and catcher Tucker Pennell tallied a team-high three hits, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and two doubles.
The Razorbacks return to Baum Stadium on Wednesday when they take on Louisiana Tech at 3:05 p.m. The game will be televised on SEC Network+.