HOOVER, Ala. — Joe Serrano scored on Brian Anderson’s sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth in Arkansas’ 8-7 win over Ole Miss Friday, eliminating the Rebels from the Southeastern Conference tournament.
The Razorbacks (38-22), who trailed 6-0 after three innings, meet LSU at noon Saturday for a berth in the championship game.
Serrano opened the ninth with a double, moved to third on KJ Wilkerson’s grounder and scored on Anderson’s fly out to center field.
Jacob Stone pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save. Austin Anderson singled but was gunned down at second by center fielder Tyler Spoon, and Stone struck out the other two batters.
The first five Ole Miss batters reached against Arkansas starter Dominic Taccolini to help the Rebels (41-18) jump to an early lead.
The Razorbacks tied it up with three runs in both the fourth and fifth.
Michael Gunn (4-2) pitched 1.2 scoreless innings to earn the win.
“It’s a disappointing game to end the tournament, especially when we had a six run lead through three innings of play,” Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said. “It was a tough outing for Sam and we didn’t help him any defensively. Arkansas capitalized on those opportunities. They didn’t relent and they made the plays when they had the chance.”
Wyatt Short (3-3) suffered the loss in relief, allowing two runs on three hits with a walk and a strikeout in one inning.
Short left the game in the ninth with a man on base who went on to score the game-winning run.
FLORIDA 5, MISSISSIPPI STATE 1: Danny Young and Justin Shafer shut down Mississippi State’s offense to lead Florida to victory Friday night, keeping the top-seeded Gators alive.
The Gators (39-20) must beat Kentucky on Saturday to make the championship game. They’ve won three straight since opening with a 4-2 defeat to the Wildcats, who got a day to rest.
Young pitched 4.1 scoreless innings before giving way to Shafer (1-0), who kept up the tough pitching. Shafer went the rest of the way and allowed one run on two hits.
Harrison Bader had three hits for Florida while Peter Alonso drove in two runs. Braden Mattson tripled and walked twice.
The Bulldogs (37-22) got their only run in the eighth. They scored on two singles and a sacrifice fly by Brett Pirtle to bring home Matthew Britton.
C.T. Bradford had three hits for Mississippi State.