Fayetteville, Ark. – Arkansas starter Jay Sawatski threw six innings allowing one unearned run while four different Razorbacks drove in two runs apiece to help lead the Arkansas Razorbacks to a 10-7 victory over Missouri and advance to Sunday’s regional title bracket game against Wichita State.
Arkansas and Wichita State will play at 2 p.m. in the first of two possible games. If Wichita State beats the Razorbacks, the Shockers will claim the regional title and advance to next week’s Super Regional. Arkansas will need to beat Wichita State twice in order to advance to the Super Regional.
The Razorbacks upped their record to 41-22 with the victory, while Missouri saw its season end with at 38-23-1.
Sawatski (10-3) threw 105 pitches in six innings of work and scattered three hits. He struck out seven while walking only two as he helped keep the Tigers in check offensively.
Nathan Culp (4-4) took the loss for Missouri after giving up five runs, four earned, on seven hits in four innings of work. He did not issue a walk and fanned one.
Clay Goodwin, Blake Parker and Haas Pratt each had three hits for the Razorbacks. Parker, Pratt, Danny Hamblin and Scott Hode each drove in two runs.
Arkansas took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Parker singled Goodwin. Goodwin singled with two outs and moved to second on a passed ball by the Missouri catcher.
Missouri quickly answered the Arkansas run with the tying run in the bottom of the first inning. Trevor Helms reached on a fielding error by Pratt at first and moved to third on a double by Lee Laskowski.
Cody Ehlers’ sac fly to left brought Helms home for the tying run.
The Razorbacks regained the lead in the top of the fourth inning. Parker and Pratt each singled to open the inning. With one out, Hamblin doubled to drive in Parker and give the Hogs a 2-1 lead.
Brady Toops followed with an RBI single to brought Pratt across the plate. Hode capped the scoring with a ground out to first that plated Hamblin and pushed the Arkansas lead to 4-1.
Arkansas broke the game open in the top of the fifth as three more runs crossed the plate. Pratt singled home Goodwin who doubled to open the inning for a 5-1 Arkansas lead. After a single by Bubbs Merrill, Hamblin drove Pratt home with a single to give the Razorbacks a 6-1 advantage.
Hode gave the Razorbacks a six run cushion with a single that scored Hamblin to make it a 7-1 game.
After giving up a run in the bottom of the first inning, Sawatski settled into a groove on the mound. Sawatski allowed only one hit over the next four innings and fanned five batters.
The Razorbacks would plate three more runs in the top of the eighth to take a commanding 10-1 lead.
After relief pitcher Boyd Goodner threw two innings allowing two hits and one walk James Gilbert was put in to pitch the ninth.
The Tigers mounted a rally as the put up six runs on five hits in the inning to close the gap to 10-7. Gilbert was able to get Flanders to fly out to center to end the game.