Razorbacks Clinch Trip To College World Series With 10th Inning Win At Baylor

by ArkansasSports360.com Staff  on Monday, Jun. 11, 2012 10:49 pm  

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Arkansas’ preseason goal was a trip to the College World Series.

The Razorbacks made it happen.

With a 1-0 victory against Baylor on Monday they clinched a spot in the CWS for the first time since 2009. Jake Wise drove in the winning run with a pinch-hit, two-out single in the top of the 10th.

Arkansas (44-20) will face Kent State (46-18) at 4 p.m. on Saturday. It is the seventh trip to Omaha in school history and the third under Coach Dave Van Horn.

A leadoff single from Brian Anderson in the 10th got things going for Arkansas. Bo Bigham’s sacrifice bunt advanced Anderson and one batter later, Wise singled in Anderson for the game-winner.

Baylor (49-17) had runners on with two outs in the 10th, but Colby Suggs struck out Dan Evatt to end the game. Arkansas players celebrated the victory on the field with a dog pile. A week earlier there was no celebration as the Razorbacks advanced to Super Regional.

Suggs (7-0) pitched the final two innings to pick up the win. Arkansas used five pitchers to combine for the shutout. Baylor was held to five hits with eight strikeouts. It was the 10th shutout of the season and second of the postseason for the Razorbacks.

Another solid performance by the pitching staff and defense enabled Arkansas to overcome spotty offense. Entering the 10th the Razorbacks had just three hits against the Bears, but they got two big hits in the final inning to end the series.

Baylor easily won the series opener 8-1 and jumped ahead 4-3 in the fifth inning of game two. Then the Bears were held scoreless over the next 14 innings.

Arkansas forced a third game in the series by winning in the ninth inning on Sunday. A pair of batters were hit by pitches with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to give the Razorbacks the winning runs.



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