As is the norm with this Arkansas baseball team, it wasn't easy, but they got the job done in game one of an all-important home series with No. 20 Texas A&M.
Arkansas needed this game badly to creep back toward the .500 mark in league play and also for their postseason hopes. Wins against ranked teams are also becoming the norm for the Razorbacks in their home park.
But the Hogs would not have been in position to win this ballgame had it not been for yet another phenomenal performance from sophomore Trey Killian. All he did was throw eight innings of two-hit baseball. But again, Arkansas couldn't give him the win.
I half expected Killian to hop the wall in left center and climb into the Hog Pen and have a drink with the fans after Arkansas blew his one-run lead in the ninth. Seriously, the kid has gotten the short end of the stick again and again and again this season, but still finds the wherewithal to go out and be brilliant consistently. He lowered his ERA to 2.29 in the game, also.
Michael Gunn entered in the ninth looking to close the doors, but a one-out double got the Aggies in business and would wind up tying the game on a single up the middle by Cole Lankford, who had two of the four hits on the night for A&M.
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Just to show how crazy baseball can be, Gunn gets the win after blowing the save and Killian’s win. He now has as many wins as Killian, too.— Scottie Bordelon (@gsbordelon) May 10, 2014
The Razorbacks answered back in the home half of the ninth with a Joe Serrano walk-off single up the middle to score Michael Bernal. Bernal opened the ninth with a single to left and would advance to second on Clark Eagan's sac bunt.
Serrano's single forced a play at the plate, but the Aggie catcher couldn't pick the throw from center and allowed Bernal to score the game's winning run.
It's a good thing Arkansas pulled this one out or else the talk would have been Gunn's blown save/Killian and the number of runners left on base all night long. The Razorbacks stranded nine runners on the night, six in scoring position.
The Hogs and Aggies return to the diamond Saturday at 6:05 p.m. for game two. Chris Oliver will take the ball for Arkansas.