FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Mizzou Baseball hung on for an 8-5 win over No. 15 Arkansas on Saturday night (April 2) at Baum Stadium. Mizzou used a big four-run fourth inning and tremendous work out of the bullpen from senior LHP Austin Tribby (Springfield, Mo.) to improve to 16-13 (1-7 SEC) on the season. Junior SS Ryan Howard (St. Charles, Mo.) went 1-for-3 with three RBI, two walks and a run and had a big two-run double to open the scoring in the first inning to lead the offense. All of that backed a solid start by sophomore RHP Tanner Houck (Collinsville, Ill.), who earned his third win of the season.
In all, Mizzou's 2-through-5 hitters drove in seven of eight runs as LF Trey Harris (Powder Springs, Ga.) also drove in a pair. Jake Ring (Ingleside, Ill.) and Zach Lavy (Auxvasse, Mo.) each drove in runs and each added two hits. Mizzou hit four doubles, a triple and a homer on Saturday as six of its 11 hits went for extra bases.
Mizzou opened a 6-0 lead before Arkansas rallied for three to cut into the lead at 7-5. But Mizzou got a big insurance run in the eighth inning and Tribby was lights out, earning his first save after tossing 1.2 innings, allowing just one hit with three strikeouts.
For the second consecutive game, Mizzou scored in the first inning with the runs coming on a two-run double by Ryan Howard (St. Charles, Mo.). Before his double, Mizzou got a leadoff single from Kirby McGuire (Round Rock, Texas) and a double to left center from Jake Ring (Ingleside, Ill.) to set up the inning.
Houck came out in the first and cruised through the first three hitters on just 11 pitches and then threw up another zero in the second on just six pitches. Arkansas got its first baserunner on a leadoff walk in the third inning. The Razorbacks threatened to score, getting a runner to third on an error by Shane Benes (Town & Country, Mo.), but Houck picked up his second strikeout to strand the runner on third.
Benes atoned for his error in the top of the fourth, launching an 0-1 fastball off the foul pole in left field for his second homer of the series and fourth of the year, extending the lead to 3-0. Mizzou continued to add on in the fourth as a sacrifice fly by Ring made it 4-0. Mizzou then worked the bases loaded and Trey Harris (Powder Springs, Ga.) roped a 3-1 pitch through the right side to plate a pair, putting Mizzou on top, 6-0.
Arkansas got on the board in the fifth inning on a two-out homer on a 2-2 pitch by DH Austin Catron to cut the lead to 6-1. Arkansas then plated another run in the sixth inning on an RBI groundout and tacked on three more in the seventh inning as Houck allowed a walk, single and triple before Liam Carter (Highland Park, Ill.) came on and limited the damage for Mizzou, getting a 5-3 groundout and a pair of fielder's choice outs to short, the first of which was a sparkling play by Howard to rob a hit and likely another run.
Mizzou got a run back in the eighth as Brett Bond's (St. Louis, Mo.) first career triple led to a run scored on an error off the bat oh Howard on what would have likely been an inning-ending double play. Mizzou then got out of an bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning on tremendous pitching by Tribby and he came back out in the ninth and struck out a pair and got a fly out to center to end the game.
Mizzou and Arkansas will close their series Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at Baum Stadium on SEC Network.