Vinson's 2-Run Single Helps Arkansas Complete Sweep


COLUMBIA, S.C. – Matt Vinson broke a tie game with a two-run single to lift No. 21 Arkansas to a 5-3 win over No. 5 South Carolina in 11 innings.

The victory for Arkansas completes the three-game sweep and improves the Razorbacks to 17-7 overall and 4-2 in Southeastern Conference play. South Carolina is now 18-6 on the season and 2-4 in league play.

The sweep for Arkansas was the program’s first over the Gamecocks in Columbia. It also marked the first time South Carolina had been swept at home since 1999.

Arkansas broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run rally in the 11th inning. Jacob Morris drew a walk to start the inning and advanced to third on a one-out, hit-and-run single to right by Joe Serrano. Tyler Spoon tried to lay down a safety squeeze bunt up the first base line, but South Carolina first baseman LB Dantzler flipped to the catcher at home to retire Morris for the second out of the inning. Anderson then hit a chopper deep in the hole at short. Pankake tried to throw Serrano out at third, but the throw was late to load the bases with two out. Vinson came through with a clutch two-out single to left field, scoring Serrano and Spoon to put the Razorbacks in front 5-3.

South Carolina did not quietly in the bottom of the 11th. The Gamecocks put the tying runs on base with two outs, but Colby Suggs got out of the jam with a ground out to shortstop by Joey Pankake to end the game and give Arkansas the sweep.

Arkansas finished with 12 hits and had 35 over the three-game series. Vinson had a team-high three hits and drove in two runs Sunday. Anderson reached base all six times he came to the plate. He finished the game with two hits, two runs scored and drew three walks. Serrano also had two hits and scored a run. Dominic Ficociello, Jacob Morris and Willie Schwanke each had run-scoring singles in the victory.

Pankake had two hits to lead the Gamecocks at the plate, while Dantzler, Tanner English and Erik Payne each had a RBI in the loss.

Arkansas reliever Trey Killian (3-2) earned the win. Killian retired the only batter he faced in the bottom of the 10th, getting a strikeout with runners on first and second to end the inning. Suggs picked up his first save, striking out two in the 11th inning.

South Carolina reliever Tyler Webb (0-1) took the loss. Webb pitched well out of the bullpen, but allowed two runs on four this and struck out six in 4 2/3 innings.

Arkansas returns home to open a five-game homestand on Tuesday as it faces Mississippi Valley State in a two-game series. First pitch for Tuesday’s game has been moved to 3:05 p.m. due to forecasted cold temperatures on Tuesday night.