FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The University of Arkansas baseball team (14-14) stranded nine runners on base and Missouri State (18-7) scored a pair of fifth-inning runs to come away with a 2-0 victory Tuesday evening at Baum Stadium.
Arkansas pitchers did their job on the mound, allowing just six hits and striking out nine, but a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the fifth inning proved to be the difference for Missouri State.
James Teague (1-2) tossed 4.0 innings, retired 10 straight batters and recorded a career-high five strikeouts before the Bears started a rally in the fifth inning and scored their only runs of the night. Keaton McKinney, Jackson Lowery and Lance Phillips combined to last 5.0 innings and give up three hits, while striking out four.
The Razorbacks had chances all night at the plate, stranding nine base runners, including eight of those in scoring position in the loss. Arkansas loaded the bases with one out in the sixth inning, but a Rick Nomura strikeout and Carson Shaddy groundout ended the threat.
Andrew Benintendi went 2-for-3 at the plate and reached base three times, while Luke Bonfield and Tyler Spoon each recorded a hit and worked a walk.
Arkansas returns to action this weekend, traveling to Auburn for a Friday-Sunday series with the Tigers at Plainsman Park. Saturday's game will be televised nationally on SEC Network at 6 p.m.