For the second straight night, No. 12 Arkansas rallied from behind to topple No. 1 Arizona State. A Baum Stadium-record crowd of 11,014 saw the Razorbacks score four runs in the fourth and three in the fifth to overcome an early five-run deficit and win 8-7. Left fielder Andrew Darr led the Hogs’ 11-hit attack, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs. A day earlier, Arkansas erased a 3-1 deficit with five runs in the seventh inning.
"It just seems like we’ve been doing that a lot lately," Hogs coach Dave Van Horn said this morning of the comebacks. "We were down 4-0 to South Carolina after one inning this weekend, our starter didnt get out of first. We’ve been in that situation where we really don’t panic. It seems like most games we always find one inning to put the game away or make a run at people. I credit it to playing some really good nonconference games. It’s a team that’s very resilient and really doesn’t panic."
Neither pitching staff is particularly deep, but Arkansas has the better offense, and that proved to be the difference in this set.
"When we were down 5-0, we got a lot of at-bats and both teams were using middle of the week pitching and getting a little bit thin," Van Horn said.
"I told our guys these are two great wins, but I don’t want these games to be the highlight of the season. We have a lot of baseball left to play. I know we have guys in the clubhouse that can stay focused because they know what’s up. I’m just real proud of them with the way they hung in.”
In other notable SEC-related results yesterday, South Carolina’s six-game winning streak against rival Clemson was snapped at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Kyle Parker went 3-for-4 with two doubles to lead the Tigers to a 7-5 win.
And Florida freshman first baseman Preston Tucker had a monstrous game in a 16-3 win against Central Florida. Tucker blasted three home runs and tied the SEC single-game record with 11 RBIs. The red-hot Tucker is now 10-for-12 with six homers and 20 RBIs over his last three games.
"We always knew he could hit, and he’s always had power," Gators coach Kevin O’Sullivan said this morning. "But like most freshmen, it’s an adjustment period. He’s obviously been seeing the ball real well, but he’s got an innate ability to concentrate, and he’s standing in there against lefties. He’s an advanced hitter, he can really hit the ball the other way, and he doesn’t miss pitches. He’s about as far along as a freshman as I’ve seen in a while."
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