Fayetteville, Ark. – Needing two wins over Wichita State to keep their season alive and advance to a Super Regional, the Arkansas Razorbacks came through when it counted as the Hogs posted a pair of wins over the Shockers and will now face the Florida State Seminoles next weekend for the right to go to the College World Series.
Game dates and times for the Arkansas-Florida State Super Regional will be announced Monday at 10 p.m. on SportsCenter on ESPN. The games will be played in Fayetteville at Baum Stadium.
“We’ve got a bunch of gritty guys who want to play and will do whatever it takes to win,” Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. “We just did whatever we could to win, we gutted it out for three days.”
Fans can purchase tickets beginning at midnight Monday morning by going to www.hogwired.com. Tickets will go on sale at the Razorback ticket office Monday at 8:30 a.m.
Charley Boyce came out of the Bullpen to throw seven and two-thirds innings allowing only one run, earned, on six hits with five strikeouts to earn the win and improve to 9-2 on the season.
Boyce threw 104 pitches in game two Sunday against Wichita State after throwing 99 pitches in Saturday’s game against the Shockers for a total of 203 pitches on the weekend.
“I felt pretty good after our first game (Sunday) and told the coaches to put me on the lineup,” Boyce said. “I went out there and did my job.”
Adam Bengston (1-2) took the loss after throwing one and one-third innings in relief. Bengston allowed one run, earned, on one hit with two walks.
After winning the first game of they day 11-9 to stay alive in the regional, the Hogs took an early lead in the second game.
The Razorbacks took a 1-0 in the bottom of the first. Jake Dugger walked and moved to second on a ground out by Casey Rowlett. Dugger then scored on a ground ball by Clay Goodwin that was misplayed by the second baseman.
The Shockers took the lead on Nick McCoola’s two-run home run that landed in the bullpen in right field. Following a hit batter, Maday was pulled for Charley Boyce who got an inning ending double play.
Wichita State extended its lead to 3-1 in the top of the third following a pair of doubles. Logan Sorensen doubled with one out and scored on Brandon Green’s double to right.
The Hogs pulled within one at 3-2 on Bubbs’ Merrill’s first home run of the season. It came on a 1-0 pitch with one out in the bottom of the fifth. Arkansas continued the rally when Jake Dugger walked and advanced to second on balk.
Casey Rowlett then hit a ground ball to second that Shawn Smarsh fielded clean, but threw wildly to first allowing Dugger to score and tie the game at 3-3.
Haas Pratt led off the bottom of the sixth with a single and moved to second when Foster mishandled a bunt by Danny Hamblin. It was the fourth Wichita State error of the night and fifth of the game overall.
Brady Toops moved the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt. The Shockers, however, got a pair of ground outs to end the inning with the scored tied at 3-3.
After both teams went scoreless for two innings Pratt got the Hogs going with a single to begin the bottom of the eighth inning. Pratt was pulled for pinch runner Scott Bridges.
Bridges moved to second after a sacrifice bunt by Hamblin. Bridges advanced to third when Bengston threw wild to second on an attempted pickoff. Bengston walked Toops to put runners on the corners.
Danny Jackson was put in to pitch for Bengston and faced Brett Hagedorn who pinch-hit for Hode. Hagedorn hit a ground ball to McCoola who misplayed a short hop and allowed the ball to roll into right field allowing Bridges to score and give the Hogs a 4-3 lead.
In the bottom of the ninth, Boyce allowed only a two-out hit before getting Blasi to fly out to right to end the game.
The Hogs advance to the second Super Regional in the program’s history. Arkansas lost the 2002 Super Regional two games to one the Clemson Tigers in Clemson, S.C.