Arkansas Punches Ticket To College World Series
FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – When Missouri State beat Arkansas on March 31, most baseball fans thought the season would go no farther than Baum Stadium for the Razorbacks. After all, Arkansas was 14-14 after the 2-0 loss to the Bears.
Instead of folding at that point, Arkansas put together an improbable run and then held off Missouri State 3-2 Sunday (June 7) in game three of the Fayetteville Super Regional to punch its ticket to the College World Series after winning the series, 2-1.
The Razorbacks will make their first trip to Omaha since 2012.
Arkansas was shut down in game two of the super regional Saturday as it was held to just one hit but Sunday the bats came to life early. The Razorbacks had three hits and drove in three runs in the first inning as they took command of the game early. Tyler Spoon started the big inning with a RBI single then Rick Nomura followed with a sacrifice fly to left. Brett McAfee capped the three run frame with a RBI single.
James Teague got the start for Arkansas and struggled with command, but did just enough before being lifted after 74 pitches and four innings. Zach Jackson came on to shut the door as he recorded the final 11 outs, six of which were strikeouts, to end the game.