Arkansas earns CWS berth with 1-0 win over Baylor

Associated Press Modified: June 11, 2012 at 11:01 pm •  Published: June 11, 2012
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WACO, Texas (AP) — Jake Wise and Colby Suggs were at the bottom of the pile of Arkansas players in the middle of the infield and enjoying every second of it.

The Razorbacks are headed to the College World Series.

Wise, a sophomore catcher who had entered the game as a defensive replacement, had a two-out RBI single in the top of the 10th and Suggs threw the final two innings in Arkansas' 1-0 victory over Baylor in the deciding game of their super regional Monday night.

"You get so excited, and when you're on the bottom you can't breathe, but it's a feeling you've wanted to feel your entire life," Wise said. "I've waited 20 years to be in a dog pile, and that was probably the best feeling of my life."

When Suggs (7-0) struck out Dan Evatt to end the game with two runners on base, Wise charged toward his pitcher and they were quickly joined in celebration by the rest of their teammates.

"It's a great feeling to have everybody on top of you," Suggs said. "Everybody just celebrating and being so happy together as a team."

Suggs, the fifth Arkansas pitcher in the combined five-hitter, struck out two and walked two while allowing one hit over the last two innings. The hard-throwing sophomore has gotten all his victories pitching in relief.

It will be the seventh CWS appearance for the Razorbacks (44-20), who play Kent State on Saturday. Arkansas clinched the final available spot in Omaha, where it will join fellow SEC teams Florida and South Carolina.

"We feel very fortunate to get out of here with two wins and have a chance to continue our season," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "At this level, 1-0 in extra innings to go to Omaha, I don't know if it gets any better. I know baseball purists probably love this game. As a coach, it was very stressful. Thank goodness it's over."

Baylor (49-17) last went to the College World Series in 2005.

After failing to win a game in the SEC tournament, the Razorbacks swept through their regional at Houston.

Then after losing the opener of the best-of-three series in Waco on Saturday, Arkansas forced another game by scoring twice in the bottom of the ninth of Game 2 to win 5-4. The Razorbacks took advantage of an error while loading the bases before consecutive batters were hit by pitches with the bases loaded.



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