WACO, Texas (UA) - Sophomore Jake Wise came off the bench to deliver a run scoring single in the top of the 10th inning for the University of Arkansas baseball team as the Razorbacks defeated No. 4 Baylor, 1-0, in 10 innings to advance to the College World Series.
The Razorbacks (44-20) are making their seventh appearance at the College World Series and their first since 2009. Baylor (49-17) dropped their first three-game series of the year at home on Monday night. The Razorbacks will play Kent State at the College World Series on Saturday, June 16, at 4 p.m.
A scoreless game through nine innings in a tough pitcher's duel, the Razorbacks were finally able to sneak a run across the plate in the top of the 10th to break the tie. Brian Anderson led off the inning with a single to left field and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Bo Bigham. A strikeout later, Wise stepped into the box for his first plate appearance of the day and took the first pitch he saw through the hole between third and short and into left field. Running on the swing with two outs, Anderson scored easily ahead of the throw by the Baylor left fielder to give Arkansas the only run it needed.
Despite the lead, Arkansas' bottom of the 10th inning was tenuous as Baylor had the top of the order at the plate and put a pair of runners on. After a pair of line outs to the outfield, Colby Suggs walked the Big 12 Player of the Year Josh Ludy. A single by the No. 4 hitter Max Muncy put runners on first and second, but Suggs buckled down to strike out Dan Evatt swinging and Wise completed the strike out with a throw to first allowing Arkansas to celebrate on Baylor's infield.
Arkansas' pitching was brilliant in the win as five players combined to throw 10 shutout innings, allowing just five hits while walking eight and striking out eight. Randall Fant started things off and threw four very good innings. He gave way to Nolan Sanburn who threw one inning, followed by Brandon Moore who went 1 2/3, Trent Daniel followed with 1 1/3 innings and Suggs closed it out with two scoreless. It is Arkansas' 10th shutout of the season.
Baylor had the first scoring chance in the bottom of the fourth, but came up empty. Logan Vick led off the inning with a single to left field and advanced to second on a passed ball. Ludy then drew a walk and a passed ball on ball four to Ludy allowed Vick to advance to third. After a foul out by Muncy and a strikeout by Evatt, Cal Towey drew a walk to load the bases with two outs. Fant then got Lawton Langford to strike out swinging to end the inning and keep the game scoreless.
The Bears again loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth, but again were unable to score. With two outs, Nathan Orf reached on an infield single and back-to-back walks to Vick and Ludy loaded the bases. Muncy then hit a sharp grounder that appeared destined for right field, but Bo Bigham made a great diving stop and threw to first to end the inning.
Arkansas had a chance to break the scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth. With two out, Tim Carver reached on an infield single to second and then advanced to second when the throw to first was wild. However, Jacob Mahan grounded out to short to end the threat.
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