Hoover, Ala. – The Tennessee Volunteers plated two runs in the top of the 13th inning to claim an 8-6 win in a game that lasted more than three hours and was the second longest game in Southeastern Conference Tournament history.
Arkansas fell to 37-20 with the loss, while Tennessee improved to 37-20.
The Razorbacks will now play Ole Miss in an elimination game Thursday at 1 p.m.
Caton Hall (5-2) took the loss after pitching one and two-thirds of an inning in relief. Hall allowed five runs, all earned, on three hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
Scot Drucker (8-3) earned the win after going five and two-thirds innings in relief. Drucker gave up five runs, all earned, on seven hits wit one walk and seven strikeouts.
Brannon tied an SEC Tournament record for innings pitched with R.A. Dickey of Tennessee who also went 11.0 innings against Alabama in 1996.
Brannon just missed tying the Arkansas record of 11 and two-thirds innings pitched by Charlie Corbell in 1983 who accomplished the feat against Rice.
The Vols wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Eli Iorg singled and moved to second when Josh Alley was hit by a pitch. After a pop out and a fly out, Brian Cleveland was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Kelly Edmundson plated a pair of runs with a single that gave the Vols a 2-0 lead after the first half inning of play.
Hochevar had the Razorbacks stymied. He scattered three hits through the first five innings of play while striking out six.
After giving up a pair of runs in the top of the first inning, Brannon settled into a groove on the mound. He retired the Vols in order in the second inning and faced only three hitters in the third and fourth innings.
Brannon needed 21 pitches to get out of the first inning, but threw only 46 pitches over the next five innings of play.
Michael River led off the top of the seventh with a single up the middle and advanced to second on Brett Chappell’s sacrifice bunt. With two outs in the inning, Iorg singled to right field to drive Rivera home and push the Tennessee lead to 3-0.
Haas Pratt put the Razorbacks on the board with a solo home run to left to open the bottom of the seventh inning.
Danny Hamblin followed with a single through the left side. Brady Toops put runners at first and second with no outs after drawing a walk.
A sacrifice bunt by Stephen Robison moved the runners to second and third with one out. The Vols lifted Hochevar for Scot Drucker who quickly struck out Scott Bridges and got Jake Dugger to ground out to end the inning.
After going down in order in the eighth inning, the Razorbacks mounted a rally in the ninth. Pratt opened the inning with a double to center. Kern Watts was then put in to run for Pratt.
On an 0-2 pitch, Drucker got Hamblin swinging for the first out of the inning.
Toops put runners on the corners after he reached on an infield single to short. Drucker then got Robison swinging for the second out of the inning.
Scott Bridges then drilled a double off the wall in left-center that scored Watts and Toops and tied the game at 3-3. After intentionally walking Dugger, Drucker got Casey Rowlett swinging to end the inning.
Hall entered the game for Brannon to start the 12th inning. Jeremy Kemp greeted Hall with a single and moved to second after a one-out walk to Iorg. Todd Martin drew the second walk of the inning to load the bases.
Kyle Norrid then laced a ball to the wall that scored all three base runners and gave the Vols a 6-3 lead.
The Razorbacks were not done, however. Dugger and Rowlett each singled to open the bottom of the 12th inning. A fielding error by the Vols right fielder on Rowlett’s single allowed the runners to move to second and third.
Goodwin brought both runners home with a single through the right side that cut the deficit to 6-5 with one out.
Hode then laced a single to center that moved Goodwin to third with only one out. Brett Hagedorn got the tying run home with a sacrifice fly to left. Goodwin easily beat the throw home to even the score at 6-6.
With two outs in the top of the 13th, Kemp doubled to right field to score Rob Firzgerald from first who slide into home just as the relay throw arrived to give the Vols a 7-6 lead. Iorg followed with a single to center that scored Kemp to push the lead to 8-6.
The Razorbacks were unable to mount another rally as the Vols sealed the 13-inning victory.