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Arkansas’ CWS History

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A look back at past trips to Omaha

College World Series - Game Two Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

1979

Results: W vs. Pepperdine 5-4, W vs. Arizona 10-3, W vs. Texas 9-4, L vs. Cal State Fullerton 10-13, L vs. Cal State Fullerton 1-2

Arkansas’ first CWS trip was it’s most successful to date. After three straight wins Arkansas looked to be in good position for the title, but fell in two close ones to Fullerton, and they would get their first ever title. The Hogs had actually won their first seven games of that postseason before dropping two to the Titans (no Super Regionals in those days). That World Series had Kevin McReynolds on the Hogs, and also featured future MLB managers Terry Francona and Ron Gardenhire.

1985

Results: W vs. South Carolina 1-0 (14 innings), L vs. Miss State 4-5, W vs. Stanford 10-4, L vs. Texas 7-8 (10 innings)

A painful year for the Hogs. Again after going 4-0 in the regionals, the Hogs had battled into a situation where they had to beat Texas. Arkansas was up 7-0 but eventually that lead slipped away entirely and the Hogs fell in extras. It was the lone CWS appearance for Arkansas’ only top overall draft pick Jeff King as well.

1987

Results: L vs. Texas 6-13, W vs. Georgia 5-4, L vs. LSU 2-5

It was the first time Arkansas had advanced to Omaha and not made the semifinals. After another loss to Texas, Arkansas would edge out future SEC foe Georgia before falling to LSU.

1989

Results: L vs. Wichita State 1-3, W vs. North Carolina 7-3, L vs. Wichita State 4-8

This season was the first Arkansas came through the loser’s bracket to qualify for the CWS. After losing to Le Moyne, the Hogs pulled off four straight to make it to Omaha. But the Shockers proved to be too much for the Hogs and everyone else in the tournament. Wichita State would go on to win the whole thing.

2004

Results: L vs. Texas 2-13, L vs. Arizona 2-7

The famous Brady Toops home run helped the Hogs make the College World Series and truthfully was a pivotal point in the program’s history since it hadn’t made it to Omaha in 15 years. The first trip to Omaha with Arkansas for Dave Van Horn, unfortunately, it was also the first trip where the Hogs went 0-2.

2009

Results: W vs. Cal State Fullerton 10-6, L vs. LSU 1-9, W vs. Virginia 4-3 (12 innings), L vs. LSU 5-14

Arkansas got a bit of revenge for 1979, beating the No. 2 Titans in the opener, but LSU was just too strong of a team and wasn’t losing to anyone that year. This CWS will be remembered though because of that insane battle against Virginia. It had everything, Brett Eibner’s home run to send it to extras in the ninth. Dallas Keuchel stranding a runner at third for three consecutive innings before Andrew Darr’s double would win the game.

Let’s all admire that Eibner home run together now.

2012

Results: W vs. Kent State 8-1, W vs. South Carolina 2-1, L vs. South Carolina 0-2, L vs. South Carolina 2-3

Arkansas took care of cinderella story Kent State in the opener, then had three straight pitchers duels against South Carolina. Arkansas got the best of the then two time defending champions in the first game. Ryne Stanek and Barrett Astin combined to allow just four hits in that game. The Hogs couldn’t get past the Gamecocks in the remaining two games.

2015

Results: L vs. Virginia 3-5, L vs. Miami 3-4

The Hogs were a bit of a surprise to make it to Omaha in 2015. Andrew Benintendi hit a home run in the opener but the Hogs fell to eventual champions Virginia. In the second game Arkansas fell in walk off fashion.