COLUMBIA, Mo. - The No. 24 Arkansas baseball team (35-21, 16-14 SEC) put together a furious ninth-inning rally Saturday afternoon to force extra inning and earn a 7-5 victory in 11 innings at Missouri (20-33, 6-24) on the final day of the regular season.
Trailing 5-1 heading to the ninth inning, Arkansas came alive at the plate with five hits to tie the game 5-5. Eric Fisher and Tyler Spoon started the rally with back-to-back hits and Bobby Wernes followed with an RBI single to right field to plate the first run of the frame.
Alex Gosser followed with his second base knock of the contest, a bouncer through the right side to make it 5-3 and put the tying run aboard. After Michael Bernal advanced the runners to second and third with one out, Clark Eagan delivered a two-strike rope single up the middle to send both runners to the plate and cap a four-run ninth inning to knot the score 5-5.
The Razorbacks continued the magic in the 11th inning when Spoon led off with a double and Bernal delivered a two-out single to plate the eventual winning run. Arkansas added an insurance run and held on for the 7-5 comeback victory in extra innings.
Landon Simpson (1-1) earned his first victory of the year in relief, working the final 2.0 innings as the Razorbacks sent six pitchers to the mound on the day. Dominic Taccolini started the game and worked three hitless inning before giving way to the bullpen.
Five Arkansas players finished with two hits, led by Joe Serrano who recorded his team-leading 20th multi-hit game of the year and ended the series with six hits.
The Razorbacks will now shift their focus to the opening round of the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala. Arkansas earned the No. 7 seed in the tournament and will take on No. 10 Texas A&M Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.
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Head Coach Dave Van Horn Quotes
Opening comment: “I just told the players to keep playing because we’ve been coming back the last couple weeks. This year’s team seems to be getting better, getting more confident and coming up with big hits.”
On the comeback: “Guys just kept believing. It’s not like it was a do or die game for us, but it was a game the guys really wanted to win and good things happen when you keep battling.”
· Arkansas enters the SEC Tournament as the No. 7 seed and will take on No. 10 Texas A&M in the opening round Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. in Hoover, Ala.
· Arkansas ended the regular season winning six of seven conference games to finish 16-14 in SEC action.
· The Razorbacks are making their sixth straight appearance in the SEC Tournament
· The Series sweep over Missouri marked the first SEC series sweep of the year for the Razorbacks.
· Arkansas turned two double plays to give the Razorbacks an SEC-leading 54 on the year.
· The Razorbacks improved to 2-1 in extra-inning games this season.
· Joe Serrano tallied his team-leading 20th multi-hit game of the year with a single in the fourth inning and double in the seventh frame. He finished the series with six hits.
· Jacob Stone picked off a runner in the eighth inning, the second of the weekend for Arkansas to give the Razorbacks an SEC-leading 16 on the year.
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