Instead, the No. 16 Razorbacks called on their veterans late and rallied to beat Oral Roberts 6-5 in front of 2,104 fans at J.L. Johnson Stadium. Arkansas extended its win streak over its regional foe to four games.
Collin Kuhn's two-run hit tied the game in the top of the eighth inning and Kuhn scored on James McCann's RBI double later in the frame to give the Razorbacks (27-9) the lead for good. Both Kuhn and McCann entered the game as pinch-hitters in the sixth inning.
"The older guys were ready to go," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "I had told them a couple of innings to be ready to hit. They had the bats in their hands and were stretching, and were ready to go. They wanted to play and that's good.
"My plan was to play some of the young guys and give the older guys some of the game off. I knew that it was probably going to be a good ballgame and tight."
"I was really impressed with him," said McCann, who entered as the catcher in the sixth inning. "He did a heck of a job. He was spotting up his fastball with pretty good velocity and was working his slider pretty good off that. He's a competitor.
"You can't lose back-to-back games once you get to the regionals and super regionals, and we knew we couldn't lose back-to-back games after losing Sunday to Mississippi State. It was a good team effort to come out today and get the win."
It was Arkansas' sixth come-from-behind win in its last nine games, with all go-ahead hits coming in either the eighth or ninth innings. The Razorbacks have outscored their opponents 38-15 in the eighth and ninth innings this season.
"It never gets old," Suggs said. "We're growing older because these games are giving us heart attacks, but it's a great feeling to be able to come back and win. We never feel out of a game."
Oral Roberts (17-14) had taken the lead after scoring five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning off a pair of Arkansas left-handers. Brandon King's two-run triple chased Razorbacks reliever Zack Hall and the Golden Eagles took the lead on Brett Sowers' RBI double off Cade Lynch.
Those three runs were charged to Hall, who failed to record an out in his first appearance on the mound since March 23. Lynch gave up two more runs on a two-out home run by Bennett Pickar to extend Oral Roberts' lead to 5-2.
The Razorbacks had taken a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning on Dominic Ficociello's two-run home run.
"I won't get into detail but there were some pitches that weren't supposed to be thrown," Van Horn said. "It's called young guys pitching in tough situations on the road. It was fun to come back and win the game."
Arkansas cut the deficit to 5-3 when Kuhn was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the sixth to force home Matt Reynolds, who recorded a double and three walks in his first game back in his hometown.
The Razorbacks failed to do more damage in the sixth, though they could have. Sam Bates was thrown out at the plate on a fielder's choice and McCann grounded out to end the frame, stranding the bases loaded.
"There are only so many times in a game you get a chance to score and we know that," McCann said. "We need to take advantage of every opportunity we have. Unfortunately that inning we only got one but we were able to battle through that and come out with another big inning."
Freshman right-hander Brandon Moore earned a no-decision after starting the game for the Razorbacks. Moore, who started last Friday and was on a pitch count, needed just 24 pitches to work three innings.
Oral Roberts reliever Alex Gonzalez picked up the loss.
Arkansas returns to conference play this weekend at Kentucky.