FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Mizzou Baseball scored four runs in both the fourth and eighth innings to earn a 10-1 win over No. 15 Arkansas on Sunday afternoon (April 3) to claim its first SEC series win of the season. The series win is Mizzou's first road series win over a top-20 team since March 29, 2014, when Mizzou took two of three at Auburn. The Tigers improve to 17-13 overall and 2-7 in SEC play.
Mizzou scored four runs in the fourth inning, sending nine batters to the plate, to gain the early lead. Arkansas attempted to rally with one run in the seventh but it could have been more. With runners on second and third, Carson Shaddy roped a ball into right center, but Jake Ring (Ingleside, Ill.) made the catch of the season, diving and back-handing the ball inches above the grass for out No. 3. Mizzou then used that momentum to score four in the top of the eighth, highlighted by Kirby McGuire's (Round Rock, Texas) first Division I homer, a three-run shot to left, to put the game away.
Freshman Micahel Plassmeyer (St. Louis, Mo.) earned his second career win and Brian Sharp (Liberty, Mo.) earned his fourth save of the season. Arkansas starter Barrett Loseke was tagged with his first loss of the season after allowing three runs over 3.1 innings. Senior Zach Lavy (Auxvasse, Mo.) turned in his team-leading fourth three-hit game of the season with two RBI and two runs while sophomore SS Ryan Howard (St. Charles, Mo.) went 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Those two, along with McGuire's homer guided Mizzou's offense.
Plassmeyer escaped trouble in the first inning after a leadoff infield hit and a sacrifice bunt put a runner in scoring position. But he picked up a pair of strikeouts swinging to leave a runner in scoring position. Plassmeyer again had tough luck in the second inning as a bloop single and a balk put a runner on third, but Howard made a sparkling play to save a run a short as neither team could scratch anything across through the first two innings.
After Plassmeyer worked around another hit in the third, Mizzou got its bats going in the fourth inning. Connor Brumfield (Columbia, Mo.) led off the frame with a walk, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. Howard singled him in and then Zach Lavy (Auxvasse, Mo.) tripled him in. Trey Harris (Powder Springs, Ga.) legged out an infield hit to the left side to score another run and Shane Benes (Town & Country, Mo.) doubled in the fourth run. The inning could have been bigger as Mizzou had runners on second and third with one out but struck out twice to strand a pair.
Plassmeyer breezed through the first two Arkansas batters in the fourth, but allowed a four-pitch walk and a single to end his day. Cole Bartlett (Williamsburg, Ind.) came on and pitched out the jam as Plassmeyer posted the first shutout outing in his career while striking out a career-high five over 3.2 innings, scattering four hits.
Bartlett pitched a shutout fifth inning with a pair of strikeouts as he worked around a leadoff walk. He came back out for the sixth inning and pitched a shutout frame. He did not get into trouble until the eighth when the first two men singled, ending his day in favor of Brian Sharp (Liberty, Mo.). He walked the first man he saw to load the bases and Arkansas scratched a run across on a groundout. The Razorbacks nearly added two more on a ball roped into right center by Carson Shaddy, but Ring's diving catch limited the damage for out No. 3.
Mizzou kept that momentum going in the top of the eighth as a safety bases-loaded safety squeeze by Ian Nelson (Lake St. Louis, Mo.) tacked on a fifth run and McGuire's homer extended the lead to 8-1. That put the game out of reach as Mizzou tacked on two more in the ninth to extend the lead to 10-1.