Few things in college sports feel as good as knocking off #1 at their own house, and that's just what Arkansas did to Texas A&M this afternoon in College Station.
The game started Saturday night, and it was a close game most of the way until Nick Banks hit a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth to give A&M a five-run lead. The Aggies had little difficulty putting Arkansas away in the first game earlier the day on Saturday, so suffice to say, all the momentum was in maroon.
But shortly after the grand slam, more weather came into the area and forced a stoppage of play after the sixth inning. The game continued on Sunday and the Razorbacks went to work, scoring one in the 7th and then with two outs, scored five more in the 8th to take a 9-8 lead. Here's how it went down:
Arkansas put runners on first and second with two outs in the eighth inning when it all came together. Eagan was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Joe Serrano delivered a triple to left center to clear the bases and pull the Razorbacks to within a run.
Andrew Benintendi followed and legged out an infield single to second base and to score the tying run and erase a five-run deficit. Arkansas was far from finished however, as a throwing error moved Benintendi to second and another infield single, this time from Tyler Spoon, put runners on the corners.
Chad Spanberger followed and grounded a seeing-eye single through the right side to send Benintendi home and give Arkansas a lead they would never relinquish.
A&M put two runners on in the 9th, but James Teague got the strikeout to win the game and give the Hogs easily their biggest win of the year.
Arkansas won't have much time to celebrate as Game 3 of the series starts at 3:00 this afternoon. This win give the Razorbacks a chance to pick up a huge series win, which would be their 4th straight SEC series win and do wonders for their NCAA Tournament resume. But by handing the Aggies just their 4th loss of the season, and doing it in their park, even if the Hogs don't win the series it's a big, big win for the Hogs.