The Arkansas Razorbacks (46-20) baseball team is headed back from Omaha a bit sooner than the team and fans would have liked. After a 1-0 loss to the Florida State Seminoles in their College World Series opener on Saturday, the Hogs fell short again by one run in their elimination game, 5-4, to Texas Tech on Monday afternoon.
Arkansas held a 3-0 lead over the Red Raiders after three innings, before Texas Texas scored 4 runs to take the lead. In the top of the eighth inning, the Razorbacks tied the game with a sacrifice fly, however Texas Tech quickly regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning.
While the Razorbacks did not win it all, the team was still one of only eight teams to get to make the trip to Omaha, after Regional and Super Regional wins.
After the game, Razorback Coach Dave Van Horn commented on his teams season saying, "You know, just really proud of the team. Told them that after the game. Told them to walk out of there with their head high. We were real close to winning to games. We ended up losing two one-run game; kind of hard to swallow. But overall it was a really good year, getting a part of the Western Division championship and getting back here, just proud of them and appreciated the effort they gave us all year. Those guys showed up every day and worked hard, smiled a lot, and made it fun to work with them. I appreciate the effort."
The Razorbacks sophomore shortstop, Casey Martin from Lonoke, Ark., also noted on the year as a whole stating, "I thought we had an outstanding year, being counted out from the beginning. We bring in some new guys, Trevor Ezell did more than outstanding for us, and he's a competitor. Without bringing guys in like that, true leader for this team, I guess you just could say such a young team we have, that is shows these younger guys what it takes to get here. So they've experienced it now, and they know what it takes. We needed that, and I think we'll be good if we can build off that."