Arkansas Blows Out Ole Miss In Super Regional Opener

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –  The fifth-seeded Arkansas Razorbacks had an offensive explosion Saturday in their first game of the NCAA Super Regional, as they beat 12-seed Ole Miss, 11-2, behind 11 hits, three home runs and four players with multi-hit performances.

With the victory, the Razorbacks take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series with game two scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. (CT) on ESPNU. A win on Sunday would give Arkansas its 10th trip to the College World Series in program history.

Arkansas (45-17) jumped on Ole Miss starter Will Etheridge for four runs in the first and two runs in the second, allowing Razorback starter Isaiah Campbell to work with a big lead. The Hogs ended up chasing Etheridge in the fourth after he put two runners on by a hit by pitch and a single. Those two runners later scored on Matt Goodheart’s three-run blast to left-center, making Etheridge responsible for eight runs, six being earned.

Trevor Ezell finished with the top hitting line in the game, going 3-for-5 with one RBI, a home run. Casey Martin, Matt Goodheart and Dominic Fletcher all had two hits each. Goodheart drove in three, two off of his home run, while Fletcher finished with one RBI.

The 11-2 victory is Arkansas’ second largest postseason victory in the last three years and the third-most runs ever scored in a super regional. It’s also the Razorbacks largest victory over Ole Miss since an 11-1 win in 2014.

Saturday’s game was played in front of 11,350 fans, the largest postseason paid attendance in Baum-Walker Stadium history and sixth-most all time. It’s the fourth-straight postseason game that the attendance has topped 10,000 or more.