The Arkansas baseball team (31-20, 12-13 SEC) used a walk-off single by Joe Serrano in the bottom of the ninth Friday evening to pick up a 3-2 series-opening victory over No. 20 Texas A&M (30-20, 12-13) at Baum Stadium.
Tied 2-2 heading to the last of the ninth inning, Michael Bernal led off with a single to left field and after a sacrifice moved him into scoring position, Serrano singled up the middle on the second pitch of the at bat to plate Bernal and give Arkansas its second walk-off win in the last three games at Baum Stadium.
Trey Killian tossed another gem for the Razorbacks, lasting 8.0 innings and giving up just two hits and one run, while striking out seven. He took a no-hitter to the seventh inning before a one-out double ended the no-hit bid, but Killian stranded the potential tying run on third base to end the inning.
Clark Eagan broke up a scoreless game in the third inning when he took a 3-2 pitch and belted his first home run of the year over the wall in left field to give Arkansas a 1-0 lead.
The Razorbacks would extend the lead to 2-0, before the Aggies rallied with a run in the eighth and one more in the ninth to tie the game and setup the walk-off heroics from Serrano.
Game two of the weekend series is set for Saturday at 6:05 p.m. at Baum Stadium and will be televised on Cox Sports Television and ESPN3.
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Head Coach Dave Van Horn Quotes
Arkansas Head Coach Dave Van Horn (opening statement) – “I thought it was a great Friday night game. Trey just battled and battled, located his fastball, he threw a lot of changeups because they have a lot of lefties in the lineup. He just kept battling. He got through the first four innings pretty quick. Their first hits a double, their second hit is a home run, we pull him after eight innings. He was in the nineties. We felt like we needed to get him out since he will be pitching next week on short rest.”
Arkansas Head Coach Dave Van Horn (winning in the ninth inning) – “I think it was big for us. We have some injuries and some young guys out there. The more the game goes on, I feel like the pressure was on us. We really needed to win that game, we let it slip away, and for us to go back and grab it there, that was big for our team.”
Arkansas Head Coach Dave Van Horn (thoughts on Gosser) – “I thought he did a great job. You know what, when a catcher does a great job, you really don’t notice them. He didn’t miss any pitches, balls didn’t get away from him, he did a nice job. I am really proud of him and I didn’t expect him to hit today. He almost got an RBI right off the end of the bat. I don’t really think he could have done a better job than he did first time out.”
·The walk-off single by Serrano marked the second walk-off win by the Razorbacks in the last three games at Baum Stadium.
·The Razorbacks have won at least one game in 26 straight SEC series dating back to the 2012 season, currently the second longest streak in the league.
·Arkansas picked up its ninth victory over a ranked opponent this season.
·Trey Killian allowed one run over 8.0 innings to give him one earned run or less in six of his 11 outings.
·Joe Serrano recorded his team-leading 18th multi-hit game of the year with his walk-off single.
·Clark Eagan notched his first collegiate home run in the third inning.