AUBURN, AL (arkansasrazorbacks.com)
– The University of Arkansas baseball team (16-15, 5-7) rallied with four runs over the final two innings Sunday afternoon to claim the series with a comeback 6-4 victory over Auburn (19-13, 4-8) at Plainsman Park in SEC action.
Head coach Dave Van Horn picked up his 500th victory at Arkansas with the win and sits at 1,085 victories for his 27-year career. He becomes just the second coach in program history to record 500 wins as a Razorback, joining Arkansas legend Norm DeBriyn who posted 1,161 wins in 33 seasons.
In his 13th season at the helm of the Arkansas baseball program, Van Horn has averaged over 40 wins per season and is just the third active coach in the SEC with 500 wins at their current institution. He has led Arkansas to 13 straight NCAA Regionals and three appearances in the College World Series.
Down 2-0 after four innings, Andrew Benintendi came to the plate in the fifth frame with a runner on first and two outs and crushed his SEC-leading ninth home run of the year just inside the foul pole down the right field line to erase the two-run deficit and make it 2-2.
After Auburn retook the lead in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly, Arkansas came right back in the eighth inning and used a double off the wall by Carson Shaddy to plate Rick Nomura from first and tie the game 3-3. Joe Serrano then came to the plate with two outs and provided a clutch single through the right side to send Shaddy racing home and give the Razorbacks their first lead of the day.
Tucker Pennell added some breathing room in the ninth inning with a line drive two-run single to right field to make it 6-3. Auburn added a run in the bottom of the inning, but Zach Jackson came on to slam the door and record his third save of the season.
Jackson Lowery (3-0) earned the victory in relief, tossing 2.1 innings and giving up two hits and one run. Keaton McKinney got the start and gave up two runs on five hits in 3.1 innings, before giving way to James Teague and Josh Alberius.
Arkansas returns to action Tuesday evening, welcoming Mississippi Valley State to town for the first of two midweek games against the Delta Devils. First pitch on Tuesday is set for 6:35 p.m., followed by a 3:05 p.m. start on Wednesday.