Razorbacks reach SEC title game


LSU freshman Eric Walker tossed 7.2 innings of one run, eight strikeout baseball as the Tigers defeated Arkansas 4-2 and won their 6th SEC tournament championship in 10 seasons.

Spanberger finished 3-of-4 with an SEC Tournament record three home runs and seven RBI. The two-run shot would make it 3-0 Razorbacks. Davis Daniel (4-3) allowed seven runs in 3 1/3 innings and gave up Spanberger's first two homers.

"We have won three championships so far where we woke up in the morning and known that we are playing for a championship that day, an SEC Western Division, an overall SEC and then the tournament here". The field of 64 will be announced on Monday at 11 a.m.in a show airing on ESPN2.

Unlike LSU's first three games of the week, when they scored a combined 31 runs, the Tigers couldn't overpower Arkansas Sunday. In the postgame, Mainieri said that it was the first time he could remember in his 35 years of coaching baseball that he had ever chose to just put the game-winning run on base instead of pitching to him.

Kopps ended up being saddled with the loss, his first of the year, but he gave Arkansas a solid start, allowing just three hits and no walks in his three innings of work.

Auburn's offense was almost non-existent as well as the Tigers were no-hit by a combination of three Arkansas pitchers (Dominic Taccolini, Matt Cronin and Josh Alberius). Later in the 6th inning, Duplantis would score from 2nd on a Nick Coomes sac fly to center that nearly resulted in a triple play if not for Duplantis' excellent slide at the plate.

Backed by three runs in the fourth and another in the sixth, freshman right-hander Eric Walker pitched into the eighth inning to pick up the win.

The Razorbacks threatened in the ninth off closer Hunter Newman, scoring one run before leaving the bases loaded. He and Arkansas' Spanberger each have 19 home runs this season. Coomes drove in a pair of runs on the sac fly and a bases loaded walk.

The Baum Stadium seating capacity is 10,737 and the stadium's record attendance is 12,167 for a super regional game against Missouri State in June 2015. "I kept them kind of off balance, but that's a very good lineup". "It was just one of those games that got away from us early".

Mendoza, Raleigh and Matt Henderson each had two hits for the Seminoles. "(Spanberger's) grand slam in the fourth put us in pretty good shape, giving us the opportunity to save some pitching and relax a little bit". "We had a couple of runners on second base that we couldn't bring in". It is also the sixth time Fayetteville has been selected as a host and first since 2010. "He's hit like three walkoffs (hits) this year already".

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