Arkansas Razorbacks news from the staff of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
NCAA Baseball Regional:
Arkansas tosses away final game
Arkansas' Brian Anderson celebrates after scoring a run against Kansas State in the first inning in an NCAA baseball regional game in Manhattan, Kan., Sunday, June 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Tuttle)
MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State beat Arkansas 4-3 Sunday at Tointon Family Stadium in the Manhattan (Kan.) Regional to end the Razorbacks' season and advance to the Super Regional.
Kansas State scored two runs in the seventh inning on a pair of walks, a sacrifice bunt and a pair of wild pitches to take the lead from Arkansas. Gunn walked the only two batters he faced in the inning before Jalen Beeks took over on the mound. The runs were charged to Gunn. Beeks tossed two scoreless innings, but threw the wild pitches.
Arkansas (39-22) scored all three of its runs in the opening inning. Joe Serrano singled and Dominic Ficociello doubled to begin the first. Both runners scored on a RBI single by Brian Anderson, who later scored the Razorbacks' final run of the game, and consequently the final run of the season, on a single by Matt Vinson.
The Wildcats (43-17) scored their first two runs in the fourth inning. Blair DeBord hit a RBI single and Mitch Meyer hit a RBI sacrifice fly to cut Arkansas' lead to 3-2.
Blake McFadden was the starting pitcher for Kansas State and allowed all three runs in just 1 2/3 innings. Gerardo Esquivel earned the win, tossing 4 1/3 scoreless innings and allowing just one hit.
Jake Matthys earned the save by closing the game with two scoreless innings.
Senior left-hander Tyler Wright started the game for the Razorbacks and allowed just two hits in two scoreless innings of work. Daniel allowed the fourth-inning runs and Gunn (1-1) took the loss.