The Missouri State Bears beat the Arkansas Razorbacks 3-2 in the final game of the Fayetteville Regional of the NCAA Division I Championship on June 5.
Allowing only two runs off five hits, the Bears’ pitching staff gave Arkansas limited opportunities on their way to the win, and they will advance to the Super Regionals of the tournament.
Junior infielder Jared Gates kept his hot-hitting going with a home run in the bottom of the fifth inning, but it would be the last time the Hogs scored until the bottom of the seventh, when he scored again on a wild pitch.
Razorback pitcher Kacey Murphy made his second start in as many nights, striking out eight batters before he was pulled in the top of the sixth inning after two earned runs. Pitcher Blaine Knight made his first relief appearance of the year and kept the Bears scoreless in the eighth inning.
After a shaky start in the seventh with a wild pitch allowing a run, Missouri State’s left-handed relief pitcher Jordan Knutson put the game away and got the save.
The Razorbacks finished the season with a record of 45-19, a 19-win upgrade from last year’s total. They closed out as the No. 12 ranked team in the NCAA.