No. 17 Arkansas Gets Walk-Off Win In Nightcap
April 17, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Joe Serrano scored the tying run in the bottom of the eighth inning, then hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to give No. 17 Arkansas a 4-3 win in the nightcap of a doubleheader Tuesday at Baum Stadium.
Arkansas (27-10) trailed 3-2 after the `Jacks (14-23) put a run on the board in the top of the eighth, but got leadoff singles in each of the final two innings and converted each time to pull off the come-from-behind win.
Hunter Dozier had a pair of hits for the `Jacks, scoring the go-ahead run in the eighth, but took the loss on the mound in just his second collegiate pitching appearance. The loss spoiled an otherwise solid start from right-hander Justin Choate, who allowed two run - one earned - in five innings with four strikeouts and no walks.
The Razorbacks allowed just four hits on the night, putting up 10 of their own, led by three from leadoff man Tim Carver. Colby Suggs got the win for Arkansas with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief late in the game, striking out one and walking one.
The Hogs took advantage of an SFA error in the bottom of the third to get on the board, snapping a string of three straight strikeouts by Choate when Jacob Morris reached on an error by Michael Ruiz at third base. Carver sent him to third with a single and Dominic Ficociello brought him home with a grounder to second base.
Choate then faced just three batters in the bottom of the fourth before the SFA offense evened things up in the top of the fifth. Singles from Bobby Loveless and Chris Hernandez was followed by a two-out walk of Michael Ruiz by reliever Michael Gunn and then a free pass to Rene' Moreda with the bases juiced to tie the game at 1-1.
The tie game did not last long, however, as the Razorbacks got a leadoff infield hit from Brian Anderson in the bottom half of the inning and turned it into a run with a sacrifice bunt and a single from Morris. SFA tied it up one inning later on a wild pitch that scored Hunter Dozier from third, but reliever Cade Lynch kept the go-ahead run on third base by retiring the next three hitters.
Cory Ochs worked around a leadoff single in the bottom of the sixth, and Cass Ingvardsen left the go-ahead run on third in the bottom of the seventh which gave the `Jacks the chance to take the lead, which they did in the top of the eighth. Dozier led off with a first-pitch double into the right-field corner and moved to third on a passed ball, scoring two batters later on a ground ball by Loveless.
But the lead would not last as Arkansas managed to score a run off of Alex Moshier in the bottom of the eighth with Joe Serrano reaching on a single after a 10-pitch at bat and then advancing all the way to third on a pair of wild pitches. Sam Bates then brought him home with a routine sacrifice fly to right field.
The `Jacks couldn't cash in on a leadoff walk in the top of the inning, but the Razorbacks did after Jimmy Bosco delivered a pinch-hit leadoff single with two strikes off of Dozier. After a sacrifice bunt and a strikeout, the `Jacks intentionally walked Ficociello and then Matt Reynolds after a wild pitch advanced the runners. Serrano then took a 1-1 pitch back up the middle to plate pinch runner Bo Bigham and give the Hogs the one-run win.
SFA next travels to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday to open up a three-game set with the Islanders at Chapman Field.