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Arkansas’ Matt Vinson (left) and Sam Houston State catcher John Hale react after Vinson scored the tying run during the seventh inning at the NCAA Houston Regional on Friday. Arkansas scored three runs in the inning and won 5-4. The Razorbacks will play Rice today.
Friday, June 1, 2012
HOUSTON Arkansas rallied for three runs in the seventh inning to beat Sam Houston State 5-4 on Friday in the opener of the Houston Regional.
Sam Houston State had been 30-0 this season when leading after six innings, but Arkansas' comeback ended that perfect mark.
The Razorbacks (40-19) let an early 2-0 lead slip in the fifth inning when Sam Houston scored four unearned runs on two errors. Arkansas trailed until the seventh, when Tim Carver singled and brought home two runners after an error by Sam Houston State (38-21).
Brandon Moore (5-2) earned the win with three innings in relief of starter DJ Baxendale, allowing two hits and one walk. Caleb Smith (8-6) took the loss, allowing five earned runs in 7 2/3 innings, while walking three and striking out two.