Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas.
Late inning runs save Hogs again
Arkansas second baseman Brian Anderson forces A&M baserunner Jace Statum out at second base as he turns a double play in the 3rd inning of the May 10, 2014, game against Texas A&M at Baum Stadium.
FAYETTEVILLE For the second straight night, Arkansas blew a lead, but scored late to beat No. 20 Texas A&M.
A four-run eighth inning gave the Razorbacks a 7-3 win over the Aggies Saturday night at Baum Stadium.
Michael Bernal scored on a single by Andrew Benintendi to give Arkansas a 4-3 lead in the eighth, then Brian Anderson and Eric Fisher provided insurance runs on an RBI-single and two-run home run, respectively.
The Razorbacks jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to a two-run second inning and a run in the third.
Texas A&M answered in the fourth inning with an RBI-single by Nick Banks.
Back-to-back doubles off Arkansas starter Chris Oliver in the seventh pulled the Aggies within one run. Oliver settled down and got out of the inning, though, stranding runners on second and third.
The right-hander allowed two earned runs on five hits and one walk in seven innings of work. He also struck out three batters in the no decision.
Zach Jackson relieved Oliver in the eighth inning and gave up a pair of hits before a wild pitch allowed Texas A&M to score and tie the game at 3-3.
Anderson's RBI-single in the eighth followed a base running blunder in the sixth that cost the Razorbacks a run.
With runners on the corners and one out, Fisher hit a deep fly ball to right that would seemingly score Benintendi on a sacrifice fly. Instead, Anderson tried to tag up from first and was thrown out at second before Benintendi crossed the plate.
Right-hander Dominic Taccolini will take the mound Sunday afternoon as Arkansas goes for its first SEC sweep of the season. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.