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Hogs sweep Stillwater Regional

1362 days ago
Arkansas Athletics

STILLWATER, Okla. - The No. 2 seed Arkansas Razorbacks (38-22) earned a 4-3 win over No. 4 seed St. John's (41-16) to sweep the Stillwater Regional and advance to the Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Razorbacks will take on the winner of the Springfield Regional - either Missouri State or Iowa - next weekend. The NCAA will announce Super Regional locations, dates, times and television information on Monday night.

With the game tied in the ninth inning, the Razorbacks manufactured a run to take the lead and the Stillwater Regional title. Brett McAfee got the rally started with his third hit of the night and Michael Bernal followed with a single. With the bases loaded and one down, Joe Serrano hit a chopper to the left side that scored McAfee to make it a 4-3 game.

Zach Jackson came out of the bullpen in the bottom of the ninth and struck out the side to earn his second save of the weekend and send Arkansas to Super Regionals.

Jackson Lowery, starting just the third game of his career, retired the first 11 hitters and tied his career high with five-plus innings pitched. The right-hander allowed just one hit, one run and struck out three in the no-decision.

McAfee and Bernal also began the Razorback rally in the fifth when the duo led off the frame with singles. Tucker Pennell and Joe Serrano both drove in runs to give Arkansas an early 2-0 lead.

The NCAA Regional title is Arkansas' fourth in the past seven years and its sixth Super Regional appearance since the format began in 1999. The Razorbacks last won an NCAA Regional in 2012 when Arkansas went on to win the Waco Super Regional and advance to the College World Series.

Serrano earned the regional's Most Outstanding Player award after batting .500 (6-for-12) with a double, two runs and two RBIs, including the game-winning base hit against St. John's.

Five other Razorbacks were named to the Stillwater Regional All-Tournament Team: SS Michael Bernal, OF Tyler Spoon, OF Andrew Benintendi, P Jackson Lowery and P Zach Jackson.