For the second game in a row, the Arkansas Razorbacks were down big early and looked as if they might not get going. However, once again, they came back to win against Auburn by the exact same score of 6-5. The only difference was this time it took extra innings.
Auburn’s Judd Ward got the Tigers on the board early with a two-run homer in the first inning off of Lael Lockhart who got the start for the Razorbacks.
Despite the deficit, Lockhart would calm down after that and keep the Tigers at bay for the next several innings. However, the Hogs again remained sluggish on offense as they could not get a hit off of Auburn’s Joseph Gonzalez until the fourth inning.
By the sixth, Lockhart’s day would be done, and Caden Monke came into the action with two Tigers left on base. Unfortunately, his first pitch would be blasted for a home run and Auburn led 5-0.
The bats would finally wake up for the Hogs though. Matt Goodheart would drive in the first run for Arkansas in the sixth inning, resulting in Gonzalez being relieved of his duties. Cayden Wallace would single for an RBI to extend his hit streak to 10 games, and the Hogs trailed 5-2.
By the eighth inning, Arkansas was really putting the pressure on with the bases loaded and no outs. Goodheart would score as the result of a groundout double play.
Auburn’s pitching depth would be exposed at this point as three straight walks would load the bases again and concede another run to make it 5-4.
Still, the Hogs could not break the game open as they ended the inning with three runners left on base.
Needing at least one more run, they got a pair on in the ninth when Brady Slavens stepped up and hit a sacrifice fly which was enough for Brayden Webb to score from third base, tying the game 5-5.
We would go to extras and Jaxon Wiggins would make a cameo after yesterday’s outing to quickly take care of the side.
Zach Gregory would smash a double in the bottom of the 10th, and that set the stage for Christian Franklin to drive one down the left-field line for the winning run.
.@CF13_ said, "Let's go home!" pic.twitter.com/78vYGJScmN— Arkansas Baseball (@RazorbackBSB) April 3, 2021
Franklin would be mobbed at home plate as the rallying Razorbacks refuse to lose. Arkansas has won eight games this season now when trailing by three or more runs.
The Hogs win the rubber match and have won every series they have played this season.
Wiggins picked up the win for Arkansas as the Razorbacks are now 22-4 and 7-2 in the SEC.
Next up, the Hogs take on UALR for a midweek series and perhaps a little revenge on Tuesday and Wednesday. They then travel to Ole Miss for a huge series starting on Friday.