Errors cost Arkansas in extra-innings loss
Posted: March 17, 2013 at 6:18 p.m.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas committed five errors, including two during the top of the 13th inning, and lost 6-4 to Ole Miss on Sunday at Baum Stadium.
The No. 6 Rebels scored five of their six runs following the Arkansas errors, winning the best-of-three game series with their second win of the weekend. Jake Wise's throwing error from behind the plate allowed Ole Miss to put runners on first and second with no outs in the 13th, and pitcher Brandon Moore threw away a bunt by Austin Anderson that allowed Tanner Mathis to score the go-ahead run.
Field conditions deteriorated throughout the game because of a steady rain. Despite the conditions, Ole Miss (20-2, 2-1 SEC) didn't commit any errors.
The Razorbacks (14-7, 1-2) lost despite taking a one-run lead into the eighth inning. The Rebels scored when Arkansas relief pitcher Jalen Beeks issued a bases-loaded walk in the top of the eighth before stranding the bases loaded on a leaping catch by Razorbacks shortstop Brian Anderson.
Arkansas nearly answered in the bottom of the inning, but Ole Miss right fielder Will Jamison robbed Wise with a diving catch that likely would have scored Matt Vinson from first.
Vinson answered the favor with a diving catch of his own in foul ground in the 11th inning. Moore worked around the bases loaded in the 12th, inducing an inning-ending double play on a ground ball by Jake Overbey.
Rebels senior right-hander Tanner Bailey, a Little Rock native, answered Moore pitch-for-pitch throughout much of the extra innings. Bailey pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out nine.
Ole Miss took a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Stuart Turner reached on a throwing error by Arkansas shortstop Brett McAfee to leadoff the inning, advanced on a walk and scored on an RBI double by Will Allen. Sikes Orvis scored later in the inning on a throwing error by center fielder Jacob Morris.
The Razorbacks answered in the fourth on Wise's RBI single to score Joe Serrano, but Vinson was stranded at third. Vinson finished the game with three hits.
Ole Miss extended its lead to 3-1 in the fifth, but Arkansas rallied in the seventh. Morris singled to score Vinson with the bases loaded an no outs to pull the Razorbacks within one run before Wise was thrown out at the plate on a fielder's choice.
Serrano followed with a two-out single to give Arkansas the lead, but Tyler Spoon struck out to end the inning, stranding a pair of runners. The Razorbacks stranded seven runners in the series finale.
Ryne Stanek earned a no-decision, pitching 4 2/3 innings for Arkansas. Only one of his three runs allowed were earned. He struck out four batters and walked three.
Barrett Astin pitched 2 2/3 innings, Beeks 1 inning and Moore 4 innings in the Razorbacks' longest game since a 15-inning contest against South Carolina in 2002.