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Arkansas Razorbacks Take Series Over #1 Texas A&M With 8-2 Game 3 Win

24-17, 9-9


If anyone was still wondering whether the Razorback baseball team had turned a corner this season, they got their answer on Sunday as Arkansas dominated #1 Texas A&M on their own field for an 8-2 victory and, more importantly, series victory.

The weather in College Station this weekend caused the baseball schedule to get all goofy. Basically, the teams played 1.5 games on Saturday and another 1.5 on Sunday. The Aggies looked to be cruising on Saturday as they won Game 1 pretty easily and had an 8-3 lead when weather caused them to stop play after 6 innings in Game 2.

But the Razorbacks had an absolutely brilliant day on Sunday. The Hogs came back to win Game 2 with 5 runs in the 8th inning and scored 6 in the top of the first in Game 3 to take a commanding lead that was never threatened. Arkansas ended up winning the game 8-2 and taking the series. The two wins were just A&M's 4th and 5th losses of the year and it was their first series loss of the season.

In that amazing first inning, the Hogs got started when leadoff hitter Clark Eagan was able to come home on Joe Serrano's double. The game was then stopped for yet another weather delay, but when it resumed, the Hogs did a lot of damage. Arkansas quickly loaded the bases on a Tyler Spoon bunt that would not roll foul, and then freshman Luke Bonfield singled with a blooper into shallow left field allowing two runs to score. Spoon and Bonfield later came home on an RBI single up the middle from Brett McAfee. That knocked A&M starting pitcher Matt Kent out of the game but the new pitcher immediately gave up a double down the left field foul line to Michael Bernal and it was enough to get McAfee home from first base. That capped the 6-run first inning and the Hogs were never seriously threatened.

The Aggies did manage to score a couple of runs in the 7-inning game but Arkansas also picked up a couple more insurance runs but they weren't needed.

Obviously a huge series win for the Razorbacks. They've now won four straight SEC series and have taken sole possession of 3rd place in the SEC West with a 9-9 conference record. They'll look to add to that this weekend when they take on Mississippi State in Fayetteville.