Arkansas Rallies To Knock Off Oklahoma State

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STILLWATER, Okla. (KFSM) - Things started to look bleak for Arkansas against Oklahoma State in the late innings of their winner's bracket contest in the Stillwater Regional.

Then a wild eighth inning happened.

Oklahoma State committed a pair of throwing errors and had a wild pitch that allowed three runs to score in a five run inning as Arkansas rallied for a 7-5 win.

Arkansas is the lone undefeated team left in the regional and will face the winner of Sunday's elimination game between Oklahoma State and St. John's. The elimination game is scheduled for Noon while the Razorbacks will face the winner of that game at 6 p.m.

Oklahoma State took a 4-2 lead in the sixth inning thanks to a pair of bases loaded walks by Arkansas relief pitcher James Teague.

Arkansas got a two run single from Tyler Spoon in the third inning, that tied the game at 2-2, but Oklahoma State starter Michael Freeman looked to be in control as the game hit the eighth inning. That's when things fell apart.

Back-to-back singles led off the inning and Arkansas then followed with a sacrifice bunt attempt by Bobby Wernes. The Razorbacks' third baseman got the bunt down and back to the pitcher but Freeman's throw sailed into the first base line wall allowing a run to score and put runners on second and third.

Andrew Benintendi followed as the Cowboys tried to intentionally walk the SEC player of the year but the first pitch sailed to the back stop allowing the tying run to score. Oklahoma State then gave Arkansas another run in the inning as a botched pickoff attempt at third base went down the left field line and allowed the go-ahead run to score for Arkansas.

Rick Nomura and Michael Bernal followed in the eighth with RBI singles to push the lead to 7-4 as the Razorbacks scored five runs in the inning, three of which were unearned.

Zach Jackson picked up a two inning save as he recorded the final six outs, including a strikeout to end the game.