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Razorbacks rally again, sweep top-ranked Sun Devils

FAYETTEVILLE, Ar - Arkansas didn't disappoint a record Baum Statdium Crowd on Wednesday.

With 11,014 looking on, the No. 12 Razorbacks rallied for an 8-7 victory against top-ranked Arizona State. It was the largest crowd since a 2007 game against LSU that drew 10,581.

Freshman Tim Carver had two hits including a game-winning single in the fifth inning. Arkansas (24-6) for a second consecutive evening and won the series against the Sun Devils, Baseball America's top-ranked team and 17,300 fans attended their two games.

Carver's two-out hit scored Eibner and Darr to set the final margin.

"This was a great crowd and a great atmosphere," Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said.  "When I saw the attendance on the scoreboard I couldn't believe it.  The fans were a big part of both wins against Arizona State and we appreciate the support that we've had all season."

Arizona State (23-7) led 6-2 after three innings. Arkansas, which improved to 7-1 against Pac-10 teams this season, began to rally in the fourth.

Andy Wilkins reached base on an error and momentum shifted in favor of the Razorbacks. A ground rule double by Brett Eibner and an Andrew Darr single kept things going and pulled the Razorbacks wthin 6-4.

Carver scored Darr to cut the Arizona State lead to 6-5.

Arizona State pushed its lead to 7-5 in the fifth, but the Razorbacks kept their rally going. Carver delivered again with one of the team's 11 hits.

Zack Cox came into the game with one out in the fifth and tossed three innings of two hit ball with one walk to earn his third victory of the season.  Tuesday night's winner Sam Murphy threw the end of the eighth to earn a hold and Stephen Richards closed out the contest with one inning of work including a pair of strikeouts to end it.

Now the Razorbacks must turn their attention to a weekend SEC series with Vanderbilt

"I told our guys these are two great wins, but I don't want these games to be the highlight of the season," Van Horn cautioned. "We have a lot of baseball left to play. I know we have guys in the clubhouse that can stay focused because they know what's up. I'm just real proud of them with the way they hung in."

Source: arkansassports360.com

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