For the second straight game, the Arkansas pitching staff rose to the occasion and shut down their opponent as the Diamond Hogs beat No. 2 seeded Ole Miss 2-1 in the SEC Tournament Wednesday afternoon.
Chris Oliver tossed 6.1 innings and gave up just four hits and no earned runs, while walking two and striking out one. He gave way to an inning of work for Michael Gunn, before Jacob Stone earned his second save of the year with 1.2 scoreless innings and two strikeouts.
The Razorbacks used a pair of singles and hit by pitch to load the bases with no outs in the first inning. Brian Anderson followed and lined a sacrifice fly to centerfield, sending Clark Eagan to the plate for a 1-0 Arkansas lead.
Both teams put up zeroes until the top of the sixth inning when Eric Fisher led off with a single to right field, stole second base and raced home on a wild pitch to double the Razorback lead to 2-0.
The Rebels cut that lead in half in the seventh inning, manufacturing their only run of the game, but Gunn induced a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Ole Miss had a chance to tie or take the lead in the eighth inning, but Stone came in out of the bullpen and recorded a pair of crucial strikeouts with the go-ahead runner aboard to slam the door and send Arkansas to its fifth straight win.
The Razorbacks advance in the winner’s bracket and will take on 8th-ranked and No. 3 seed LSU on Friday at 4:30 p.m. in the third round of the championship.