Clutch hitting: Arkansas ties Game 3 of Super Regional with towering home run
With Arkansas’ season on the line, Razorbacks’ freshman Cayden Wallace came through.
Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Wallace blasted a 1-0 pitch into the left field bleachers to tie the game.
Here’s the play:
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It was the Razorbacks’ first run of the game since the second inning. Arkansas has struggled to get any offense going against North Carolina State’s pitching staff, recording just three hits over the game’s first six frames.
Given the lack of offensive output, credit should also be given to Arkansas pitcher Kevin Kopps.
Kopps, who was the best pitcher in the nation all season, made his first start of the season in this game. After surrendering an early homer, he settled in and has struck out eight NC State batters through seven innings.
Kopps also pitched two innings in Arkansas’ Game 2 loss to the Wolf Pack on Saturday.
The winner of this game advances to the College World Series. If the Razorbacks win, it will be their third consecutive trip to Omaha.