Hogs take down Aggies in extras

By: Matt Jones
Published: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Arkansas pitcher Trevor Stephan delivers in the first inning of an NCAA college baseball game against Arkansas, Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Vasha Hunt/AL.com via AP)
Arkansas pitcher Trevor Stephan delivers in the first inning of an NCAA college baseball game against Arkansas, Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Vasha Hunt/AL.com via AP)

Chad Spanberger hit a two-run home run with two outs in the top of the 10th inning and No. 16 Arkansas beat No. 22 Texas A&M 6-4 Thursday at Blue Bell Park.

Spanberger's home run came moments after the Aggies tied the game on Jorge Guitierrez's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth. Texas A&M stranded the winning run at third base when Jake Reindl struck out Austin Homan to send the game to extras.

Jake Arledge reached on a two-out single in the 10th to bring Spanberger to the plate. His home run came on a 3-2 pitch from Mitchell Kilkenny that was belted the opposite way to left field.

Arkansas (38-14, 17-10 SEC) trailed for much of the game, but took the lead on Jax Biggers' two-run home run with no outs in the top of the eighth. Dominic Fletcher led off the inning with a single.

Biggers' home run came off Texas A&M reliever Kaylor Chafin, who had not allowed a run since late March. The Razorbacks hit their 67th and 68th home runs, which are most in the SEC.

Arkansas had four singles in the second inning, including RBI hits from Biggers and Arledge to take a 2-0 lead. But the Aggies took a 3-2 lead with two outs in the bottom of the third on Braden Shewmake's three-run home run.

The homer came off Arkansas starter Trevor Stephan, who otherwise was superb for the third straight outing. Stephan struck out 10 in 7 2/3 innings before giving way to Evan Lee, who worked around a base runner to end the eighth inning.

Reindl allowed a walk to Blake Koptesky to leadoff the ninth and a one-out double to Cole Bedford, which advanced Koptesky to third base.

Reindl retired all three batters he faced in the 10th to earn his third win.

Brigham Hill allowed 2 runs on 7 hits and struck out 7 in 5 innings for the Aggies (35-19, 15-13).

The teams are scheduled to play again Friday at 6:30 p.m. Arkansas moved into second place in the SEC West standings with the win. The Razorbacks must sweep Texas A&M to have any chance of winning the division.

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