Photo: Walt Beazley, arkansasrazorbacks.com
For just the seventh time in program history, the Razorback baseball team is headed to the College World Series.
The Hogs advanced to Omaha after downing the No. 4 ranked Baylor Bears 1-0 in a thrilling, extra-inning game Monday night in the Waco Super Regional.
“I feel very fortunate to get out of here with two wins and have a chance to continue our season,” said head coach Dave Van Horn. “It was just a great baseball game. At this level, one to nothing and extra innings to go to Omaha – I do not know if it gets any better. I know baseball purists probably love this game. As a coach, it was very stressful and thank goodness it is over.”
Five Arkansas pitchers combined to shut out the high-powered Baylor offense, and sophomore catcher Jake Wise delivered a run-scoring single in the top of the 10th inning to lead the Hogs to victory.
“The feeling has not set in yet,” said Wise. “Words cannot explain how I feel. I did not get to start today, but I was OK with that because I knew Reeves was going to do a great job like he has done all year. They called my name in the eighth so I went in there and had a job to do.”
Arkansas will open play at the College World Series at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 16, against Eugene Super Regional champion Kent State.
Only about 400 College World Series ticket packets will be sold through the University of Arkansas, and will be assigned based on Razorback Foundation priority within the Broyles-Matthews classification. More information about ticket availability is at arkansasrazorbacks.com.
The Razorbacks (44-20) are making their seventh appearance at the College World Series and their first since 2009. The College World Series is the third for the Razorbacks under 10th-year head coach Dave Van Horn.