It was the first sweep of the season, and it wasn’t easy. The Arkansas baseball team put together a furious ninth-inning rally Saturday afternoon to force extra inning and earn a 7-5 victory in 11 innings at Missouri.
Trailing 5-1 heading in 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 a hit 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 single up the middle to send both runners home and cap a four-run ninth inning to tie the score 5-5.
“I just told the players to keep playing because we’ve been coming back the last couple weeks,” said head coach Dave Van Horn. “This year’s team seems to be getting better, getting more confident and coming up with big hits.”
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 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.
The Razorbacks finish the season with a winning conference record (16-14) and 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.