Diamond Hogs lose in extras
Arkansas relief pitcher Michael Gunn watches as a home run by Texas A&M third baseman Logan Nottebrok sails over the wall in left field during the 10th inning Sunday, May 11, 2014, at Baum Stadium.
FAYETTEVILLE Texas A&M turned the tables on Arkansas Sunday afternoon at Baum Stadium.
The Aggies blew an early lead, only to win the game late, beating the Razorbacks 6-5 in 10 innings.
A solo home run by Logan Nottebrok to lead off the 10th inning proved the be the difference. He finished the game 3-for-4 in place of Ronnie Gideon, who started the first two games of the series and went 0-for-7.
Arkansas had a chance to tie or win the game in the bottom of the 10th, loading the bases with no outs and the mean of its lineup coming to the plate, but it couldn't score.
Andrew Benintendi (batting .277) and Brian Anderson (.327) each struck out, while Eric Fisher (.259) flew out to center on a full count.
Sunday's paid attendance was 8,793. That gave Arkansas an average paid attendance of 8,235 this season. That is the second-highest in Baum Stadium history, trailing only last season's average of 8,335.
Despite the strike out, Anderson finished the game 3-for-6 at the plate.
The Razorbacks held a 4-3 lead going into the ninth inning, but Jacob Stone gave up a pair of runs on two hits. It looked like the Aggies would just tie the game, but left fielder Joe Serrano overran a single by Nick Banks. The error allowed the second run to score.
Arkansas answered, though, scoring a run on a fielder's choice by Bobby Wernes to tie the game.
Jake Wise, Arkansas' lone senior, could have won the game in the ninth, but flew out to left with runners on second and third to end the inning. It was likely his last at bat at Baum Stadium.
The Razorbacks sent five different pitchers to the mound during the game. Freshman Dominic Taccolini made his first career start and allowed three earned runs on three hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings.
Jackson Lowery, Colin Poche and Jacob Stone also pitched, but it was Michael Gunn, who came into the game in the 10th, that took the loss after giving up the home run to Nottebrok.
Stone had the best outing of the pitchers, allowing only one earned run while striking out four in 4 1/3 innings.
Texas A&M used a three-run fourth inning to take a 3-0 lead, but just as the Aggies did in the first two games, Arkansas fought back, scoring a run in the fourth and two in the sixth to tie the game.
Fisher's RBI-single in the seventh gave the Razorbacks their first lead of the game.
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