Arkansas 7 Washington State 2
FAYETTEVILLE – The No. 15 University of Arkansas baseball team secured a spot in the Super Regional round with a 7-2 victory over Washington State Monday night in the decisive game of the NCAA Fayetteville Regional. Making his second start of the Regional, TJ Forrest tossed 5.1 strong innings as the offense built an early lead against the Cougars. The victory sends Arkansas (43-19) to Tempe, Ariz., to take on top-ranked Arizona State beginning Saturday.
"I’m really excited for our team and our fans," head coach Dave Van Horn said. "Tonight’s game was all about the team. I was telling them after the game how proud I am of them because of how they acted this morning. I had two or three guys come up to me and say that they could play. I had a really good feeling coming into tonight because I could tell the team really wanted to win. It all started with TJ on the mound. We got off to a good start with a big lead. It was just our night."
Washington State 10 Arkansas 7
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Derek Jones collected four hits and James Wise picked up the win in his second start of the day on the mound as No. 23 Washington State defeated No. 15 Arkansas 10-7 in a NCAA Baseball Regional at Baum Stadium, Sunday.
With the victory, the Cougars (37-21) forced a winner-take-all match-up with the Razorbacks (42-19), Monday night at 7:05 Central/5:05 Pacific.
"Two things you can’t coach are effort and heart," WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "I am so proud of my team for showing both of those things today."
Arkansas 6 Washington State 4
FAYETTEVILLE – Collin Kuhn had three hits and Jordan Pratt collected a two-inning save as the No. 15 University of Arkansas baseball team defeated Washington State, 6-4, Saturday night at Baum Stadium in game four of the NCAA Fayetteville Regional. The Razorbacks built a three-run lead but Washington State pulled to within one in the eighth inning before Pratt closed the door in front of 9,016 fans to keep Arkansas undefeated in regional play.
Arkansas 19 Grambling State 7
FAYETTEVILLE – Aided by a school-record nine home runs, the No. 15 University of Arkansas downed Grambling, 19-7, Friday in game one of the NCAA Fayetteville Regional at Baum Stadium.Brett Eibner became the ninth player in program history to hit three home runs in one game, while Collin Kuhn, James McCann and Andy Wilkins each posted two home runs. Arkansas’ 19 runs are the second most scored by the program in an NCAA postseason game (20 vs. Eastern Kentucky, 1985).
"We came out aggressive offensively," head coach Dave Van Horn said. "We put up six in the first and jumped ahead of them. We basically got to work quickly on doing all the things we had been practicing during the week. We laid off a lot of borderline pitches and got into good hitting counts."
#1 Arkansas (40-18, 18-12 SEC)
Golden Spikes award semifinalist Zack Cox is one of the most heralded players in the country, leading Arkansas to the College World Series in 2009 as well as winning the Cape Cod League MVP while playing for the Cotuit Keetlers. Cox was held out of the SEC Tournament due to a lingering back injury, but has deemed himself ready for NCAA Tournament play. The same cannot be said for Brett Eibner’s hand injury, which before the tournament Head Coach Dave Van Horne said was “getting worse.” Both Cox (.432, 8 HR, 47 RBI) and Eibner (.332, 18 HR, 61 RBI) are projected to be first round picks in the 2010 MLB Draft. Also leading the high powered Razorback offense are Sophomore OF Colin Kuhn (.343, 12 HR, 45 RBI) and Junior IF Andy Wilkins (.274, 13 HR, 62 RBI)