Arkansas Razorbacks news from the staff of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
SEC Baseball Tournament:
Arkansas advances to semifinals
Arkansas' Tyler Spoon lays down a RBI bunt single in the eighth inning of a Southeastern Conference Tournament NCAA college baseball game against LSU at the Hoover Met in Hoover, Ala., Thursday, May 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
HOOVER, Ala. Tyler Spoon went 3-for-4 at the plate, including a go-ahead RBI bunt single in the eighth, and Arkansas beat LSU 4-1 Thursday at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Ala.
Matt Vinson singled to lead off the eighth, advanced to third on a single by Dominic Ficociello and scored on a bunt single by Spoon to give the Razorbacks the lead.
Arkansas (37-19) added a pair of runs in the top of the ninth to help ice the game. Eric Fisher led off the inning with a single before Jacob Morris pinch ran for the first baseman. Morris was bunted to second by McAfee, stole third and Joe Serrano hit a RBI single to drive him home.
Serrano stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a two-out bunt single by Vinson for the final run of the game.
Junior right-hander Ryne Stanek (9-2) started the game on the mound for the Razorbacks and tossed eight innings, allowing one unearned run on six hits and striking out four batters.
Arkansas closer Colby Suggs relieved Stanek and tossed a scoreless ninth to earn the save. The junior right-hander tied the single-season school record with his 12th save of the year in the win.
LSU (49-9) scored first when the Tigers scored an unearned run in the third inning. Brett McAfee tried to flip to Dominic Ficociello with two outs instead of going to first, but the throw was no good and Sean McMullen scored.
Arkansas got on the scoreboard in the fifth when Jean Ramirez, who started in place of Jake Wise, scored on a RBI double hit by Serrano. Van Horn said Wise has “walking pneumonia.”
Aaron Nola started the game on the mound and took a no-decision. In seven innings of work, Nola allowed one run on six hits and struck out eight batters.
With the win, Arkansas advances to the semifinals of the conference tournament. LSU and Alabama will play again tomorrow and the Razorbacks will play the winner of that game at 12:05 p.m. on Saturday at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.