Arkansas baseball rally falls short against Kansas State

The Razorbacks have dug themselves a hole that they may not be able to climb out of. Arkansas fell to the losers bracket with a 7-6 loss to Kansas State and will need to win three in a row to advance to the super regional round.

The game started as a pitchers’ dual, in which four innings were played without a run being scored. The Razorbacks were first on the scoreboard in the fifth. Ty Wilmsmeyer stole home plate on an error at third base. Hudson White then singled to centerfield to bring in Peyton Stovall.

So far, Arkansas’ Hagen Smith has been in usual form. The fifth inning was a different story. He started with back-to-back walks, then a pair of sacrifice bunts, a fielder’s choice and a few more hits scored the Wildcats three runs, leaving two runners on base with one out.

In the next at bat, Kaelen Culpepper cleared the bases with a three-run shot on a 1-0 pitch. Smith’s six earned runs were the most he has allowed this season and increased his total earned runs by over 46 percent to 19. However, before the fifth inning, Smith broke Arkansas’ single-season strikeout record.

Arkansas slowly chipped away at Kansas State’s lead. With a solo home run from Jared Sprague-Lott in the seventh, an RBI double from White in the eighth and a two-run jack from Peyton Stovall in the ninth, Arkansas climbed back to what would have been a six-run tie. . Unfortunately, Nick English of the Wildcats hit an all-important insurance home run in the bottom of the eighth.

The Hogs meet SEMO again in the losers bracket tomorrow at 1 p.m. If they win, they’ll have to beat Kansas State once on Sunday and again on Monday to stay alive.