• Dennis McCaslin

Razorbacks slug way back in midweek game with Missouri State for 11-7 win

After trailing by as much as four runs to Missouri State in the early goings Tuesday night, the third-ranked Razorback baseball team scored eight unanswered runs on the Bears and won 11-7 at Baum Stadium for its third win in a row.

The win is Arkansas’ 28th of the year, making it 28-10 overall, while Missouri State has now lost four in a row and falls to 22-11. The Hogs have won eight of their last nine games and have claimed victory in five-straight midweek games.

The four-run comeback Tuesday night was powered by a five-run fifth inning that included long balls from freshmen Heston Kjerstad and Casey Martin. Kjerstad now ties for the team lead with nine home runs on the year, while Martin is just one behind with eight.

Combined this year, the freshman duo of Martin and Kjerstad is hitting .353 with 17 home runs and 69 RBIs. Both of their RBI totals (Kjerstad – 37; Martin – 32) are good for 1-2 on the team.

Tuesday against Missouri State, Martin went 2-for-3 with four RBIs and two walks. He’s reached base safely in eight-straight games and now has 13 multi-hit games.

Kjerstad was 3-4 on the night, with four RBIs, tying a season-high. He has at least one hit in 22 of his last 24 games and continues to lead the team with a .373 average.

The Hogs scored 11 runs on 12 hits Tuesday night, the 11th game this year that they’ve plated 10 or more runs, and the 21st game with 10 or more hits. The win also moves the Hogs to 11-1 on the season when scoring 10 or more runs, as well as 11-1 when they score in the first inning.

Eight of the nine Razorback starters recorded at least one hit in the game. After Kjerstad and Martin, sophomore Jordan McFarland turned in a multi-hit game going 2-for-5 with two runs scored. McFarland has at least one hit in eleven of his last 13 games.

Carson Shaddy also extended his hitting streak to eight games, after going 1-for-4 with a double. His hitting streak is the longest active streak on the team and he’s the seventh Razorback with a hitting streak of eight or more games at one point this year.

Freshman Caleb Bolden, who had earned his third-consecutive midweek start, only made it one inning against Missouri State, giving up three earned runs on four hits before giving way to the bullpen. After Barrett Loseke and Evan Lee couldn’t slow down the Bears offense, another freshman in Kole Ramage stepped in.

Ramage struck out two of the five batters he faced after entering the game in the middle of the fourth with a runner on and one out. Ramage went on to hold the Bears hitless for 1.2 innings right as Arkansas had its big fifth inning at the plate, earning him his first win of the year.

After Ramage, junior Jake Reindl picked up his second save of the year, striking out seven over the final four innings. It’s the second-straight good outing for the Fayetteville, Arkansas native. Over those two outings, he has only given up one run in 14.0 innings of work with 17 strikeouts with two walks. His 35 strikeouts are also the third-highest total on the team.