Omaha, Neb. – Jordan Brown hit a pair of home runs, including a two-run shot, to lead the Arizona Wildcats to a 7-2 victory over Arkansas and eliminate the Razorbacks from the College World Series.
Arkansas ends its season with a 45-24 overall record, while Arizona improved to 36-26-1 with the win.
“I’m proud of our club,” Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. “I think we got more out of a team this year than anyone in the country. We’ve come a long way since the fall and from what I expected of us.”
Clint Brannon (4-4) took the loss for Arkansas after giving up four runs, all earned, on five hits in three and one-third innings.
John Meloan (10-0) earned the victory after going six and one-third innings and giving up two runs, both earned, on five hits with five strikeouts and six walks.
The Razorbacks avoided an early deficit in the top of the first inning. Trevor Crowe doubled on the first pitch of the game and moved to third on a sac bunt by Brad Boyer.
Brannon was able to keep Crowe stranded at third when he got Jeff Van Houten to pop out to Brady Toops behind the plate and then Moises Duran to strikeout swinging to end the inning.
The Razorbacks left a pair of runners on in the first after a Jake Dugger and Casey Rowlett each drew walks. Clay Goodwin struck out after bunting foul with two strikes for the first out. Scott Hode then grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Brown gave the Wildcats the first run of the game with a solo home run to right-center in the top of the third inning. It was his 12th home run of the season.
Arizona extended the lead to 3-0 in the top of the fourth when Moises Duran blasted a two-run home run to left. It was Duran’s seventh home run of the season.
Still in the fourth, Richard Mercado doubled to chase Brannon from the game. Jay Sawatski relieved Brannon on the mound and promptly gave up a two-run home run to Brown to give the Wildcats a 5-0 lead. It was Brown’s second home run of the day and 13th of the season.
The Razorbacks threatened in the bottom of the fifth. Danny Hamblin singled to center and moved to third on a single by Toops. A walk to pinch-hitter Brett Hagedorn loaded the bases with no outs.
Scott Bridges plated the Hogs’ first run of the game with a sac bunt to the pitcher that scored Hamblin from third and made it a 5-1 game. Toops and Hagedorn advanced on the play.
After Dugger went down swinging for out two, Rowlett drew a walk on a 2-2 pitch to load the bases for Goodwin. The Wildcats were able to get out of the jam when Goodwin swung and missed at strike three to end the inning.
Arizona answered the Hogs score when Brad Boyer singled home John Hardy with one out in the sixth to give the Wildcats a 6-1 advantage.
The Razorbacks missed another bases loaded opportunity, this time in the seventh inning. After Hagedorn and Blake Parker singled, Dugger walked to load the bases. Rowlett drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch to force Hagedorn home and cut the deficit to 6-2.
After Goodwin struck out, Scott Hode flew out to left to end the inning with the bases full.
Jason Donald added a solo home run for Arizona in top of the ninth for the final 7-2 margin. It was the fourth home run of the game and the first time since 2002 the Razorbacks had allowed four home runs in a game.