Razorback fans who stayed home to watch the baseball team compete in the College World Series saved themselves some money and time, but they weren’t spared from the heartbreak caused from a two-and-out showing in Omaha.
“I was thinking about last year and how last year was a lot worse than last year, but it was still upsetting to see the Razorbacks lose,” said Nathan Smith, a fan who watched the game at Grub’s Bar & Grille in Fayetteville. “Especially on a call like that, where the ball’s like a foot out from the whole strike zone is ridiculous. I don’t know how that could happen.”
Fans watching at Grub’s were in collective jubilation when the Razorbacks tied the game at 4 on a sacrifice fly, but Texas Tech scored in the bottom of the eighth inning to go ahead by another run. Those in attendance stayed in their seats hoping to see some late-game heroics, but Matt Goodheart’s flyout and the Red Raiders’ subsequent celebration resulted in many disgustedly leaving the establishment.
They were disappointed after getting their hopes up that the baseball team could avenge its 2018 loss in the CWS final to Oregon State, but a pair of one-run losses ended Arkansas’ season before ever getting that chance. The team is young, and a highly-touted freshman class is set to join the squad next year, so fans are hopeful that the Razorbacks will return to prominence once again.
“It is what it is, we’ll be here next year,” Smith said. “That’s how it is.”