Razorbacks Fall To Virginia In Opening Round Of College World Series

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OMAHA, Neb. (KFSM) – One game into the College World Series the Arkansas Razorbacks already find themselves in a hole. The Hogs lost to Virginia 5-3 in the opening round Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park.

With the game tied 3-3 in the top of the 8th inning, starting pitcher Trey Killian was pulled for closer Zach Jackson. Jackson allowed a two-out RBI double to Kenny Towns to drive in the eventual winning run for the Cavaliers.

Arkansas trailed 3-2 in the fifth but Andrew Benintendi flexed his muscles and tied the game with one swing of the bat as he lined a solo home run into the Virginia bullpen behind the right field wall, tying the game with his NCAA leading 20th long ball of the season.

Earlier in the game, the SEC Player of the Year robbed a sure RBI as he laid out for a diving catch in centerfield.

Virginia jumped out to an early 1-0 lead as Joe McCarthy’s second home run of the season found the bleachers in right field in the second.

Arkansas quickly answered in the third inning as Benintendi tied the game with a sacrifice fly to shallow left then Clark Eagan gave Arkansas their first lead of the game with a double that just got over the leftfielder’s head, driving in Bobby Wernes who singled earlier in the inning.

Virginia pushed across two runs in the fifth, both coming with two outs, to regain a 3-2 lead after RBIs by both Daniel Pinero and Matt Thaiss. Thaiss leads the Cavaliers with 61 RBI on the season.

Killian was saddled with the loss after going 7 1/3 innings allowing four runs on seven hits with six strikeouts.

All five Virginia runs came with two outs.

Arkansas will now face elimination against Miami Monday at 2 p.m. The Hurricanes lost to Florida 15-3 in the late game.