Pigs burned by a long bullet; Do-or-Die game against Wolfpack Tomorrow
FAYETTEVILLE, Arche. – A trip to Omaha is planned tomorrow.
Late response against No.16 NC State missed by a point as No.1 Arkansas lost, 6-5, Saturday afternoon at Baum-Walker Stadium in NCAA Game 2 Fayetteville Super Regional.
The Razorbacks and Wolfpack will meet in the winner’s rubber match at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 13 to determine who hits their College World Series ticket. The game, in which Arkansas is the home team, is scheduled to air on ESPN2 or ESPNU with Mike Morgan (play-by-play) and Todd Walker (analyst) on call.
Arkansas couldn’t have dreamed of a better start to Saturday’s game as folk hero Charlie Welch hit his third homer in as many games early in the second inning to put the Hogs 2-0 ahead. .
Razorback starter Lael Lockhart, meanwhile, held NC State scoreless in the first two frames. However, the southpaw ran into trouble in the third and left with two strung and one outside.
Ryan Costeiu took over and allowed a legacy runner to score, but Arkansas maintained a one point lead before fourth. The advantage would not hold, however.
The Wolfpack scored four more runs in the lower half of the frame and opened up a 5-2 lead before tacking on another run in the sixth.
Trailing 6-2 in the start of the seventh, Arkansas showed signs of life with a three-point explosion. Brady Slavens scored his 14th homer of the year to cut the deficit to three before Casey Opitz hit a two-strikeout error to bring home another point.
Jalen Battles then netted a two-out single down the middle, scoring Cullen Smith from second to make it a one-point game at Baum-Walker Stadium.
Kevin Kopps entered the game to start the bottom of the seventh and went two scoreless innings with two strikeouts. For once, the Hogs couldn’t capitalize on the momentum and came down quietly in the final two frames to seal their fate.
With Kopps lowering his season ERA to a national record of 0.66 in 81 2/3 innings pitched this year, Caden Monke shone in his appearance out of the bullpen. The gangly southpaw hit three in 1 2/3 frames of relief in the middle of the innings.