Razorbacks edge Cavaliers in 12 innings
Thanks to a 4-3 win over Virginia in 12 innings Wednesday night at Rosenblatt Stadium, the Hogs move on to the Bracket One championship on Friday against the unbeaten Tigers (2 p.m. ET, ESPN2HD). But for Arkansas to advance to next week's CWS Championship Series, it will need to beat LSU on Friday and Saturday in this double-elimination format. The Tigers beat the Hogs 9-1 on Monday.
The game winner against the Cavs came on a double to left by Andrew Darr that scored Jarrod McKinney from second base. It was a 10-pitch at-bat for Darr against UVa reliever Andrew Carraway.
Virginia had led for most of the game, taking a 2-0 lead in the fifth before the Hogs trimmed that in half with a run in the seventh. The Cavs added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth with two outs when Dan Grovatt sent a 0-1 pitch from reliever Mike Bolsinger over the wall in left center field for a 3-1 lead. But Arkansas' Brett Eibner mashed a 1-1 offering from closer Kevin Arico deep into the left-field stands for a two-run homer to tie the score at 3-3 after eight-and-a-half innings.
Virginia finished the 2009 season with a 49-15-1 record. And Arkansas (41-23) survived to play at least one more day.