OMAHA!!! Hogs come off heels to win 11th trip to CFS
CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina – For the 11th time in school history, the Arkansas Razorbacks are heading to the College World Series and the Hogs did it in spectacular fashion with a 4-3 victory over North Carolina on Sunday night at the Boshamer Stadium.
A pair of lightning long delays made Game 2 of the NCAA Super Regional an all-day affair, but it was worth it when Brady Slavens muscled a single through a Tar Heels infield to cap a rally of two innings, ninth inning.
North Carolina – playing as the visiting team – scraped a run in the top of the ninth to take its first lead of the afternoon when Patrick Alvarez scored a single to center. Alvarez’s heroism, however, was immediately called into question when Jalen Battles started the bottom of the ninth with a single to the left side of the infield. Freshman Peyton Stovall notched his third hit of the afternoon into the right-center spread but Hogs into the corners with no outs. After a walk to pinch hitter Kendall Diggs, defenseman pick Braydon Webb chased Battles home for the equalizer and made Slavens the hero.
Stovall led the way with three hits as the Razorbacks racked up 12 in the win. Slavens, Battles and Michael Turner all had two hits with Slavens driving in two. Battles launched the Hogs in fourth with an RBI double and Webb added his 16th homer in fifth, a solo shot. Zack Morris took the victory in relief, recording the final of the ninth. Will McEntire was stellar in 5.2 scoreless innings. The big right-hander scattered three hits, walked two and fanned four.
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