The No. 23 Texas Tech Red Raiders jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, but it was not enough as the No. 18 Arkansas Razorbacks posted four runs in the third inning and three more in the fourth in route to a 10-6 win on day three of the Shriners Hospitals for Children at Minute Maid Park on Sunday, February 28, 2016 in Houston, Texas. The Razorbacks kept their 2016 record a perfect 8-0 with the win while the Red Raiders fell to 6-2.
Texas Tech jumped out to their 5-0 lead in the first inning and added a single run in the fifth. That five-run lead send Arkansas starting pitcher Keaton McKinney to the bench after two-thirds of an inning. Both teams used seven pitchers in the game that saw only two hurlers last longer than two innings.
Center fielder Clark Eagan was the class of the lineup for the Razorbacks. He was 3-of-3 at the plate, scoring two runs and two RBI while posting a .364 batting average. Tech center fielder Tanner Gardner was 2-of-3 for two runs, 2 RBI and a .467 batting average.
Cannon Chadwick, pitching 2.1 innings in relief, received the win, his first of the season. Howard Hayden received the loss in his two-thirds of an inning on the mound. Eagan and teammate Michael Bernal both connected for home runs in the game. It was Eagan’s second of the season and Bernal’s fourth.
The Razorbacks leave Houston with a 3-0 record in the tournament while the Red Raiders head back to Lubbock with a 2-1 mark. Next up for Texas Tech is a two-game series against New Mexico State on March 1-2. Arkansas will next play on Wednesday, March 2, when the face Louisiana Tech.