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Arkansas Razorbacks 2, Tennessee Volunteers 1: Hoover Nights


This game was threatening to be a classic Hoover late night affair, but the Razorbacks were able to come through in the bottom of the ninth and end the game in style.

The bases were empty when Arkansas was down to its last out, but Rick Nomura singled to right field and then ran all the way home when Michael Bernal ripped a double down the left field line. The walk off started a frenzy as the team piled on Bernal and Nomura.

It felt like Arkansas should have won the game easily. The Hogs had 10 hits to Tennessee's 4, but the Hogs couldn't come up with a timely hit to get a runner across until the last play of the game. The Razorbacks stranded 15 (!) runners on base throughout the game, and the game was scoreless before Arkansas finally was able to get Tyler Spoon across home plate in the 7th inning.

Tennessee tied the  game in the 8th after Arkansas was unable to convert a double play (many on Twitter were upset that interference wasn't called against the Vol baserunner, and while they have a point, that is very rarely called). Trey Killian was excellent in keeping the Vols in check. He went for 7.2 innings and allowed only 4 hits. He had a perfect game going for about half the game.

Andrew Benintendi didn't reach base for the first time since early April. He went 0-5 with three strikeouts and was responsible for 5 of the runners left on base.

The win means Arkansas moves on to a double elimination round and will face 4-seed Florida tomorrow night. The Hogs and Gators did not play during the regular season.