Hogs Hit Seven Homers in Wild Win to Advance to Stillwater Regional Final

STILLWATER, Okla. – In one of the craziest college baseball games of recent memory, Arkansas (40-18) scored eight runs in the top of the eighth to stun Oklahoma State (40-21) with a wild 20-12 win on Saturday night at O’Brate Stadium.

With the victory, the Razorbacks advance to the championship game of the NCAA Stillwater Regional and will play either Oklahoma State or Missouri State (31-28) at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 5. Arkansas needs just one more win to punch its ticket to the NCAA Super Regional round for the 10th time in program history.

Arkansas matched a season high with seven home runs on Saturday night, including Jalen Battles’ titanic grand slam in the top of the eighth inning. Robert Moore (2), Chris Lanzilli (1), Brady Slavens (1), Michael Turner (1) and Cayden Wallace (1) also socked homers as part of the Hogs’ massive offensive outburst.

The Razorbacks fell behind by five runs on two occasions as the Cowboys jumped out to a 7-2 lead through three innings before opening a 10-5 advantage after six innings of play. Arkansas did not fold, however, exploding for a staggering 15 runs over the ballgame’s final three frames.

Arkansas scored three in the top of the seventh with a pair of two-out homers from Turner and Moore, cutting its deficit to 10-8. The entirety of the Hogs’ eighth-inning rally, meanwhile, occurred with one out as Arkansas scored eight runs on three hits, three walks and three hit batsmen to take over the game.

In the eighth, Turner drew a bases-loaded walk to tie it at 10 apiece before Lanzilli was plunked by a pitch with the bases loaded to give Arkansas an 11-10 lead. After Moore drew a bases-loaded walk to push Arkansas’ cushion to two, Battles punished the first pitch he saw from Oklahoma State reliever Trevor Martin for a grand slam to extend the lead to 16-10.

Arkansas would score another four runs in the top of the ninth, including three on Lanzilli’s 50th career home run. The Razorbacks finished the night with 20 runs, their second most ever scored in an NCAA postseason game.

Five Hogs racked up multi-hit performances on Saturday, led by Lanzilli and Peyton Stovall’s three-hit efforts. Five Arkansas players also tallied multiple runs batted in, including four each from Battles, Lanzilli, Moore and Turner.

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