Arkansas clinches Omaha berth in walk-off fashion to sweep Super Regional over North Carolina
Brady Slavens delivered a clutch hit when the Razorbacks needed it most, and because of that, Arkansas is headed back to Omaha.
Slavens’ single to center plated the winning run in walk-off fashion for Arkansas to win 4-3 and sweep the Chapel Hill Super Regional on Sunday. Arkansas absorbed the seemingly shift in momentum after North Carolina scored earlier in the ninth, and the Razorbacks plated 2 runs in the ninth to win.
Sunday’s game was delayed twice by lightning, but once play resumed for the second time after an hour and 8-minute delay, North Carolina added a 2-out run to take the lead in the ninth. The Tar Heels were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position to that point.
Earlier in the ninth inning, Arkansas got singles from Jalen Battles and Peyton Stovall, and then Kendall Diggs walked before Braydon Webb reached on a fielder’s choice ground ball to the left side of the infield.
Arkansas saw the top 5 players in its batting order get at least 1 hit, led by Battles, who had 3 hits. On the mound, Will McEntire went 5 2/3 innings, and didn’t allow a run as he gave up 3 hits with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. Then 5 Razorback relievers held North Carolina to 3 runs on 4 hits.
In Game 1, Arkansas starter Connor Noland threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings with 6 strikeouts, allowed 6 hits and a walk. The Hogs added 3 runs in the fifth inning, starting with Peyton Stovall’s leadoff home run.
WOW…@peyton_stovall makes the catch!
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