COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Arkansas baseball team (33-21, 14-14) used three home runs to roll past Missouri (20-31, 6-21) 9-4 in the series opener at Taylor Stadium on Thursday night.
Second baseman Brian Anderson launched two home runs, including a grand slam in the ninth inning, while designated hitter Clark Eagan broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning with a two-run blast to give Arkansas a 4-2 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Arkansas clinched a spot in next week’s SEC Tournament with the win.
“This is a big series for us,” Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. “It was good for us to get a win today, especially since we lost last Sunday and you don’t want to go back-to-back losses this time of year.”
Anderson finished with three hits — two home runs and a triple — and three RBIs. Eagan had three hits and reached base five times. He belted his second home run in four games. First baseman Eric Fisher had two doubles and drove in a run as the Razorbacks finished with 11 hits.
Starting pitcher Trey Killian put together another stellar performance on the mound, giving up two runs on four hits and tying his career-high with 9 strikeouts in 6 innings. Jacob Stone worked a pair of hitless innings, while Jackson Lowery came on in the ninth to record the final out.
“I just thought we played really well,” Van Horn said. “We played good defense, pitching was outstanding and Killian did a great job giving us a chance to win that game. Killian had a good fastball and he did a tremendous job on the mound.”
The Razorbacks and Tigers will play game two of the series Friday at 6:05 p.m.