MANHATTAN, Kan. – Jacob Mahan and Brett McAfee each had three RBI and two hits to lead No. 15 Arkansas to a 12-3 victory over Bryant on Sunday afternoon in the Manhattan Regional at Tointon Family Stadium.
The Razorbacks improve to 39-21 on the season, while Bryant ends its season with a 45-18-1 record. Arkansas advances to the Manhattan Regional final and will face No. 17 Kansas State tonight at 7:05 p.m. The Razorbacks will have to beat the Wildcats tonight and again tomorrow to win the regional.
Arkansas finished the game with 13 hits, marking its second-straight double-digit hit performance. Joe Serranoreached base all five times he came to the plate, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and also drawing a walk and getting hit by a pitch. Mahan and McAfee each had two hits and drove in three runs, while Tyler Spoon was 2-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored. Eric Fisher also contributed two hits with a RBI and a run scored.
Kansas State 4 Arkansas 3
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State’s bullpen team of Gerardo Esquivel, Nate Williamsand Jake Matthys tossed 7.1 scoreless innings and the Wildcats scored two seventh-inning runs to advance to their first-ever Super Regional with a 4-3 victory over Arkansas Sunday night in the championship round of the 2013 NCAA Manhattan Regional at Tointon Family Stadium.
The Wildcats, who set a school record by winning their 44th game this year and enter the NCAA round of 16 with a 44-17 record, will travel to Corvallis, Ore., to take on Oregon State for the right to advance to the 2013 College World Series. The Razorbacks, who went to the College World Series last season, ended their year at 39-22.