Tournament Run Ends With Semifinal Loss


HOOVER, Ala. — The Arkansas baseball team saw its five-day run come to an end, falling 11-1 to LSU in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament on Saturday.

The Razorbacks (38-23) — who played five games in five days — finished the regular season and SEC Tournament by winning nine of 12 games. They reached to the semifinals of the SEC Tournament for the second straight year.

LSU (43-14-1) used the long ball to score early, launching a solo homer in the second inning, before a two-run blast in the fourth inning gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead. The Tigers would lead 8-0 before Arkansas got on the board in the sixth inning when Eric Fisher worked a 10-pitch walk with the bases loaded to make it 8-1.

LSU scored a run in the seventh and two more in the eighth to end the game 11-1.

“You could just tell after a couple innings everything was a little bit in slow motion for us,” Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. “I think guys were tired. Five games in a row, pretty hot. It’s no excuse, but it is an excuse. It was just one of those things. We ran out of gas.

“We obviously ran out of pitching. We had to recycle guys. Not to take anything away from LSU, they got after us. On the other end, it just didn’t happen. I don’t think we had enough left in the tank.”

Arkansas sent five pitchers to the mound with Zach Jackson (2-2) getting the start and lasting 3 innings. He gave up one run on two hits, while striking out one. Clark Eagan led the offense with a pair of base hits to finish the SEC Tournament with a team-high seven.

The Razorbacks will now await word on an at-large bid to the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Regional hosts for the field of 64 will be announced Sunday at 8 p.m., while the remaining teams will be announced Monday at 11 a.m. on ESPNU.

Arkansas will look to make its 13th straight NCAA Regional appearance in 2014 and 27th NCAA Tournament appearance overall. Entering play Saturday, the Razorbacks were No. 30 in the NCAA Rating Percentage Index (RPI) with 17 wins over top 50 RPI squads. Arkansas has defeated 12 top 25 teams this season, including six of those when they were ranked in the top 10.

2014 SEC Tournament Schedule

Tuesday, May 20

Game 1 #6 Vanderbilt 3, #11 Tennessee 2 (Tennessee eliminated)

Game 2 #7 Arkansas 4, #10 Texas A&M 0 (Texas A&M eliminated)

Game 3 #9 Kentucky 7, #8 Alabama 1 (Alabama eliminated)

Game 4 #5 Mississippi State 5, #12 Georgia 4 (10 innings) (Georgia eliminated)

Wednesday, May 21

Game 5 #3 LSU 11, #6 Vanderbilt 1

Game 6 #7 Arkansas 2, #2 Ole Miss 1

Game 7 #9 Kentucky 4, #1 Florida 2

Game 8 #5 Mississippi State 12, #4 South Carolina 0

Thursday, May 22

Game 9 #2 Ole Miss 7, #6 Vanderbilt 2 (Vanderbilt eliminated)

Game 10 #1 Florida 7, #4 South Carolina 2 (South Carolina eliminated)

Game 11 #3 LSU 7, #7 Arkansas 2

Game 12 #9 Kentucky 7, #5 Mississippi State 6 (12 innings)

Friday, May 23

Game 13 #7 Arkansas 8, #2 Ole Miss 7 (Ole Miss eliminated)

Game 14 TBD #1 Florida 5, #5 Mississippi State 1 (Mississippi State eliminated)

Saturday, May 24

Game 15 #3 LSU 11, #7 Arkansas 1 (Arkansas eliminated)

Game 16 #1 Florida 6, #9 Kentucky 5 (Kentucky eliminated)

Sunday, May 25

Game 17 3:30 p.m. #3 LSU vs. #1 Florida [ESPN2]