Fayetteville, Ark. – Southwest Missouri State scored two runs in the top of the 16th inning and held off the Razorbacks in the bottom of the inning to come away with a 6-5 victory in the second longest game in Arkansas history.Arkansas dropped to 20-11 overall, while SMS improved to 13-13 with the win.
Boyd Goodner (2-2) took the loss after giving up two runs, both unearned, on five hits in three and two-thirds innings of work. Goodner was one of six Arkansas pitchers in the game.
David Smith (1-1) earned the win after throwing nine innings in relief. Smith allowed one run, earned, on six hits with three strikeouts.
After falling behind 6-4 in the top of the 16th the Razorbacks mounted a rally in the bottom half of the inning. Brady Toops singled and moved to third on Blake Parker’s single to right field
Casey Rowlett hit into a double play to score Toops to make it a 6-5 game. After a walk by Bubbs Merrill, Devin Day into a fielder’s choice forcing Merrill out at second to end the game.
The game fell one inning short of tying the school record for innings played at 17. The Razorbacks lost a 3-1 game to Auburn in the 1994 SEC Western Division Tournament in Oxford, Miss., in that game.
Arkansas tied a team record for most runners left on base with 19 against the Bears. The Razorbacks also left 19 runners stranded against Tennessee in 2002.
Combined, Arkansas and SMS left 35 runners on base in a game that lasted four hours and 39 minutes.
Danny Hamblin gave the Razorbacks a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with a two-run homer. It was Hamblin’s fourth home run of the season and it came with Jake Dugger aboard.
SMS tied the game with a pair of two-out runs in the top of the fourth inning. Adam Pummill plated the first run with a single up the middle to make it a 2-1 game. Matt Weglarz followed with a single up the middle to tie the game at 2-2.
Brett Hagedorn gave the Razorbacks the lead with a one-out double down the left field line that plated Casey Rowlett from second. It gave the Hogs a 3-2 lead.
Following Hagedorn’s hit, the Razorbacks loaded the bases and took a 4-2 lead when Cornelison walked Clay Goodwin to bring home Kern Watts who pinch-ran for Hagedorn.
SMS tied the game in the top of the ninth on a two-out single to left by Jake Manning that came on a 3-2 pitch and evened the score at 4-4.
Arkansas prevented the go ahead run from scoring in the 11th when Day threw Pummill out at home after a Razorback error put runners at second and third with one out. Scott Nasby then popped out to center to end the inning with the game still tied at four.
The third Arkansas error of the game put runners on second and third with no outs in the top of the 12th inning. Jay Sawatski got Ryan Gotcher to strikeout swinging for the first out of the inning.
After an intentional walk loaded the bases, Sawatski got Tim Rafferty to pop out to left for the second out of the inning. The Hogs ended the inning without a run scoring when Matt Weglarz struck out looking.
The teams would strand runners in each inning until the 16th when former Razorback Judd Kindle doubled home Gotcher for a 5-4 lead. Rafferty then singled home Kindle for a 6-4 advantage.
Arkansas returns to action this weekend against second-ranked LSU in Baton Rouge. Game one on Friday is set for a 6:30 p.m start.