The Arkansas baseball team used some late-game heroics at the plate and sophomore Trey Killian tossed his second straight complete game to send the Razorbacks to a 2-1 victory over Alabama Saturday afternoon at Baum Stadium.
Killian gave up one run on four hits, while adding a season-high seven strikeouts. He retired 14 of the final 15 batters he faced and did not allow a hit after the fifth inning.
“He showed a lot of heart,” said Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn. “What you saw today was what we got last week from him at Florida when we got beat 1-0. We haven’t really backed him up all year. He’s been incredible the last three weekends. He has a lot of toughness to him, and he battled. I know his pitch count was getting up there, but I guarantee you if we tried to take him out there in the ninth, he would’ve went crazy.”
Trailing 1-0 in the seventh inning with two outs and the bases empty, Arkansas came to life at the plate with three consecutive singles, capped by an RBI base knock from Michael Bernal to send Krisjon Wilkerson racing home to knot the score 1-1.
The clutch hitting continued in the eighth inning and this time the heroics belonged to Eric Fisher who lined a single to left field to send Brian Anderson home for the eventual game-winning run. Killian worked a perfect ninth, including a strikeout of Austen Smith to end the game.
The Razorbacks will look for their first SEC series victory of the year Sunday afternoon as the weekend finale is set for 1:05 p.m.