Arkansas conjures another comeback to top Virginia

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Arkansas came from behind to beat Virginia 4-3 in 12 innings in a College World Series elimination game.

The Razorbacks were down to their last strike in the ninth.

Arkansas now plays LSU on Friday needing to win that game and another Saturday to reach next week's best-of-3 finals.

Arkansas got a tying home run from Brett Eibner in the ninth inning, the go-ahead double from Andrew Darr in the top of the 12th and clutch pitching from Dallas Keuchel for the final four innings.

As the game unfolded, Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said he couldn't help but reminisce about other late-game rallies this season.

There was a March game against California when the Hogs scored twice in the ninth to tie and won 5-4 in the 10th. In April, the Hogs went to the bottom of the 10th down by a run against Louisiana-Monroe but scored twice to win 10-9. A couple weeks later they tied Oklahoma with two runs in the ninth before Eibner hit a game-winning homer in the 10th.

Van Horn said the nation got to see what Razorback baseball fans have seen all season.

Eibner's two-out, two-run homer off Virginia closer Kevin Arico in the top of the ninth tied it at 3, and Keuchel put a runner on third base in each of the last four innings but escaped each time. Keuchel, the usual No. 1 starter, made his first relief appearance of the season for Arkansas (41-23).

Virginia (49-15-1) was eliminated after going 1-2 in its first Omaha appearance.

Play resumes in Bracket 2 tonight with Arizona State (50-13) and North Carolina (48-17) playing an elimination game.

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