COLUMBIA, Mo. — Arkansas put together a furious ninth-inning rally Saturday to tie the game, then earned a 7-5 victory in 11 innings at Missouri on the final day of the regular season.
Trailing 5-1 heading to the ninth inning, Arkansas came alive at the plate with five hits to tie the game 5-5. Eric Fisher and Tyler Spoon started the rally with back-to-back hits and Bobby Wernes followed with an RBI single to right field to plate the first run of the frame.
Alex Gosser followed with his second hit, a bouncer through the right side, to make it 5-3 and put the tying run aboard. After Michael Bernal advanced the runners to second and third with one out, Clark Eagan delivered a two-strike single up the middle to send both runners to the plate and cap a four-run ninth inning.
“Guys just kept believing,” Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. “It’s not like it was a do or die game for us, but it was a game the guys really wanted to win and good things happen when you keep battling.”
The Razorbacks continued the magic in the 11th inning when Spoon led off with a double and Bernal delivered a two-out single to plate the winning run. Arkansas added an insurance run and held on for the 7-5 victory.
“We’ve been coming back the last couple weeks,” Van Horn said. “This year’s team seems to be getting better, getting more confident and coming up with big hits.”
Landon Simpson (1-1) earned his first victory of the year in relief, working the final 2 innings. Dominic Taccolini started the game and worked three hitless inning before giving way to the bullpen.
Five Arkansas players finished with two hits, led by Joe Serrano who recorded his team-leading 20th multi-hit game of the year and ended the series with six hits.
The Razorbacks (35-21, 16-14 in SEC) will now shift their focus to the opening round of the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala. Arkansas earned the No. 7 seed in the tournament and will take on No. 10 Texas A&M Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.