Arkansas hands Missouri baseball team fourth straight loss

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 | 8:36 p.m. CDT

The Missouri Tigers baseball team suffered its fourth consecutive loss, falling 2-0 to Arkansas on Wednesday to give the Razorbacks the sweep in the teams' two-game series in Fayetteville, Ark.

Rock Bridge graduate John Miles, a right-handed freshman, made his first start for the Tigers and threw four scoreless innings, striking out five and walking one in a three-hit performance.

But he had little support from the struggling Missouri batters, who stranded 10 men on base and, for the fourth straight game, managed just four hits.

In the fourth inning, Tigers senior Conner Mach led off and was hit by a pitch to reach base. But two outs later, Arkansas right fielder Sam Bates threw him out at the plate when he tried to score from second on freshman Jake Ivory's single.

In the first and seventh innings, Missouri put runners on third base but couldn't get them home. A two-RBI double from Arkansas' Matt Reynolds in the sixth gave the Razorbacks the winning runs.

Missouri junior left-hander Jake Walsh (2-3) suffered the loss, and the Tigers, who return home this weekend to face Texas, fell to 23-21.

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