AUBURN, Ala. -- The University of Arkansas baseball team (15-14, 4-6) used a two-run single from Joe Serrano in the ninth inning to rally past Auburn (18-12, 3-7) 10-7 Friday evening in the series-opener at Plainsman Field.
Arkansas broke a 7-7 game wide open in the ninth inning when Tucker Pennell and Clark Eagan delivered back-to-back hits to set the stage for a Serrano single up the middle to plate two runs and give the Razorbacks a 9-7 lead. An Andrew Benintendi sacrifice fly later in the inning capped a three-run frame as Arkansas erased an early 5-2 deficit and rallied to pick up the victory.
In a game where the lead changed hands five different times, Arkansas had its big outburst in the sixth inning when Serrano and Benintendi led off the frame with back-to-back home runs, before Bobby Wernes and Michael Bernal delivered RBI hits to give the Razorbacks a four-run inning and turn a 5-2 deficit into a 6-5 lead.
After Auburn scored two runs in the seventh to take the lead, Benintendi took over in the eighth inning and walked, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and raced home on a single from Tyler Spoon to knot the score once again and set up the ninth-inning heroics.
Zach Jackson (3-0) earned the victory in relief, tossing the final 3.0 innings and striking out five of the nine outs he recorded. Trey Killian battled back after giving up five runs in the third inning and lasted 6.0 innings, surrendering five runs on six hits, while walking two and striking out three.
Arkansas and Auburn are slated to play game two of the weekend series Saturday afternoon at Plainsman Park. Dominic Taccolini will get the start for the Razorbacks in a game that will be televised nationally on SEC Network at 6:03 p.m.