It took extra innings, but the Arkansas Razorbacks are heading to the College World Series after defeating the Baylor Bears, 1-0, on Monday night. Arkansas took the Waco, Tx., Super Regional two games to one.
After nine scoreless innings, the two teams went to extra innings and that's when Arkansas struck. Dillon Newman, just Baylor's second pitcher on the night, allowed a Brian Anderson leadoff single and saw him advance to second on a groundout by Bo Bigham. Matt Vinson struck out for the second out of the inning, leaving the team with a runner in scoring position and no out to spare. Jake Wise singled through the left side, scoring Anderson and then advancing to second the throw to the plate.
Colby Suggs had pitched the ninth for Arkansas and came back for the bottom of the 10th. He induced two fly ball outs to start the inning before walking a batter and allowing a single. He then got Dan Evatt to strike out, but a throw to first base was needed since the ball was dropped. That proved easy and the team stormed the field to celebrate.
Baylor had a chance to blow the game wide open in the bottom of the fifth inning when the bases were loaded, but Max Muncy hit the ball to a diving Bigham, who made the throw to first base to end the inning.
Baylor won Game 1, 8-1, but then lost Game 2, 5-4, when a couple of hit-by-pitches tied the game and provided the walkoff run for Arkansas.
Arkansas is the eighth and final team to head to Omaha, Neb., for the College World Series. The other seven teams are Arizona, Florida, Florida St. Kent State, South Carolina, Stony Brook and UCLA