San Diego State ended a pitcher's duel with a two-out, two-run hit in the bottom of the ninth to rally past Arkansas, 3-2, Saturday night. The Hogs (12-2) had won six straight and took a 2-1 lead to the ninth after some superb starting pitching from freshman Brandon Moore. Moore allowed only one run in seven innings. Relief pitchers Randall Fant and Nolan Sanburn could not close the door on the Aztecs.
San Diego State (3-12) had fallen to the Hogs by big scores in the first two games of the series. The Hogs will try to win the fourth and final game of the series Saturday afternoon.
Brad Haynal hit a double to right-center field to open the ninth off Fant. Brandon Meredith reached on a hit by pitch. Chris Wilson bunted them to second and third.
Sanburn relieved Fant at that point. He struckout Tim Zier on three pitches. Cody Slader then hit a 2-0 pitch into center to plate the winning runs.
The Hogs didn't have much offense except for a 3-for-4 day by red-hot Dominic Ficociello. He had two doubles and a run scored. Bo Bigham added two hits and Matt Reynolds had an RBI double.
The Hogs got their second run on a bizarre play. Ficociello, who had reached on a double, scored from third when a ball lodged in the chest protector of the SDSU catcher.
San Diego State 3, Arkansas 2
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