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Pigs hang on to beat Ole Miss and force 2nd CWS bracket final

Pigs hang on to beat Ole Miss and force 2nd CWS bracket final

Admin | Post Thursday, 23 June 2022 - 08:42 AM | 47

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) ? Brady Slavens? home run in the deepest part of the park gave Arkansas the lead and the Razorbacks held on for a 3-2 College World Series win on Wednesday night after the Mississippi loaded the bases with no outs late in the ninth inning.

The Hogs (46-20) forced a second group final against Ole Miss (39-23) on Thursday, with the winner advancing to face Oklahoma in the best-of-three championship round starting Saturday.

For eight innings, Arkansas all but shut down an offense that had produced 64 runs in its first seven games in the NCAA Tournament. Kemp Alderman, who hit a tying homer in the second inning, was the only Ole Miss runner to pass first base up to that point.

The Rebels charged in the ninth after closer Brady Tygart hit two straight batters.

Zack Morris, who allowed two runs in two-thirds innings in the Hogs? 13-5 loss to Ole Miss on Monday, came on and knocked out pinch hitter Hayden Leatherwood and got TJ McCants and Jacob Gonzalez flying. to complete the game.

With the game tied at 1 in the fifth, Slavens blasted John Gaddis? second pitch 436 feet to center immediately in a slight breeze. The only other players to turn stalled since the CWS moved to Charles Schwab Field in 2011 were Florida State?s Pete Alonso (2015) and Florida State?s Dylan Busby (2017).

The Hogs added a huge insurance run in the eighth. Cayden Wallace sent a fly ball down the left field line for a double, putting his hand on the sack just before second baseman Peyton Chatagnier?s tag attempt. The call was confirmed on video review.

Michael Turner followed with a hit that brought Wallace home. The Hogs loaded the bases after the Rebels intentionally walked Slavens with the open first, but Jack Dougherty retired Slavens and pinched hitter Kendall Diggs to end the inning.

Freshman left-hander Hagen Smith (7-2) pitched five innings for his longest outing since going six in an April 30 win over the Rebels. He allowed one run on two hits and four walks, and he struck out eight.

Evan Taylor allowed two hits and fanned four in three innings, leaving after Alderman scored a single to top the ninth.

Gaddis (3-2), pitching for the first time since June 6 and making his first start since April 9, allowed two runs on four hits.

The teams traded homers in the second. Chris Lanzilli went deep for the third time in the CWS and Alderman connected for the Rebels.

Lanzilli?s homer barely cleared the fence at left center and bounced downfield. The circuit was confirmed after a video review.

Lanzilli became the first player to hit three homers in a CWS since Michigan?s Jimmy Kerr in 2019.


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