SE Missouri State eliminates Arkansas at Fayetteville Regional

Ty Stauss hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning and Southeast Missouri State never trailed in a 6-3 victory over No. 5 national seed Arkansas at the Fayetteville Regional on Sunday, eliminating the Razorbacks.

SE Missouri State (36-26) advanced to play Kansas State in the nightcap. If the Redhawks win, the regional championship will be decided on Monday with a berth in the super regionals on the line.

Stauss sent a a 0-1 pitch from Gage Wood over the fence in left field for the early lead.

Josh Cameron and Ian Riley had RBI singles in a three-run fourth inning to put the Redhawks up 4-0.

Arkansas (44-16) scored its first run in the top of the fifth on a two-out solo home run by Peyton Holt.

The Redhawks got the run back in their half of the inning when Brooks Kettering homered to lead off the inning. Riley singled and scored on a Kettering single to give SE Missouri State a five-run lead.

The Razorbacks’ final two runs came in the ninth on a one-out, two-run home run by Parker Rowland.

Collin Wilma started for the Redhawks, allowing one run on one hit and two walks in 4 1/3 innings with six strikeouts. Logan Katen (2-0) got the win with 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief. Kyle Miller got the final two outs for his eighth save.

Wood (3-2) took the loss after yielding four runs on four hits and a walk in three innings. He struck out four.

SE Missouri is aiming for its first trip to the College World Series. Arkansas has made 11 CWS appearances, most recently in 2022, but has never won it.