Arkansas 3, Texas A&M 2

Joe Serrano's walk-off single lifts Arkansas to a 3-2 victory over No. 20 Texas A&M to set off the fireworks Friday night at Baum Stadium.

Freshmen Clark Eagan and Alex Gosser came up big for Arkansas, but it was veteran Joe Serrano who set off the fireworks Friday night at Baum Stadium.

Texas A&M tied it in the ninth against closer Michael Gunn, but Serrano plated Michael Bernal with a ground single to center to lift the Razorbacks to a 3-2 victory before 6,249.

Serrano said the seniors couldn't remember "a fireworks night" victory. It came five years ago when Jacob House beat South Carolina with a walk-off homer.

"Our juniors and seniors had never won on fireworks night," Serrano said. "It was a great feeling."



Bernal opened the ninth by powering a 1-2 pitch into left field for a single. Eagan, who hit a solo homer in the third, put down a sacrifice bunt ahead of Serrano's clean single.

"Joe got two breaking balls and he did what you are supposed to do with the second one, don't try to pull it, hit it right back where it came from," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "It was a great Friday night victory."

Arkansas (31-20, 12-13) pulled even in the SEC West with Texas A&M (30-20, 12-13). Chris Oliver pitches for the Hogs in the 6:05 p.m. Saturday game. Arkansas is 7-11 in one-run games on the season.

Eagan got the start after a two-hit day at Ole Miss on Sunday, getting two hits in the leadoff spot. It was his first homer.

Gosser, the third string catcher, was just as much the story, giving up his redshirt in the 52st game when both Jake Wise (concussion) and Blake Baxendale (hamstring) could not play.

"Gosser should be sitting here," Serrano said when he grabbed the center seat in the post-game interviews. "He was the player of the game.

"He was clutch. No one probably thought he could do that well, after not catching live pitching all year. He is going to be a big piece to the puzzle."

Gosser, North Little Rock product who has traveled all year, didn't get a hit in four at bats and struck out three times, once with the bases loaded when the batter in front of him was walked intentionally. He hit one ball hard, just foul into the corner in right.

"I didn't expect him to get a hit," Van Horn said. "But he hit one on the button and almost got an RBI.

"He did a great job (catching). You know the catcher has done a great job when you don't notice him.

"He handled the pitching great. Trey knew he could bury it in the dirt and he was going to handle it. You could see him get confidence with Alex."

Killian, who allowed only two hits in eight innings, said he had it from the start.

"I threw some waste pitches in the bullpen and he was great," Killian said. "He has worked with us all year in the bullpen and he knows all of the pitchers."

Van Horn said Wise could play Saturday, if he passes the concussion tests. He took batting practice Friday. But, Baxendale is probably out for the weekend.

"I have (Baxendale) on the 27-man roster, but he's not going to play," Van Horn said. "We'll know tomorrow on Jake."

Van Horn said several took turns calming Gosser, including Wise.

"I think he got a lot of calls," Van Horn said, who noticed when the crowd gave Gosser a standing ovation in his first plate appearance.

"I appreciate that," Van Horn said. "Everyone knows he gave up a little bit today. But he's very smart and he wanted to play. He'll graduate in four years. I've spent a lot of time with him this week."

Van Horn said it was tough taking Killian out after eight innings, but he noted that the sophomore standout would be pitching on short rest next week on Thursday night at Missouri. Killian was at 98 pitches. He leads the SEC with four complete games, but two have been in eight innings.

A&M was scheduled to bat three lefties in four spots in the ninth, another reason Van Horn went with lefty Gunn. Gunn (3-0) was going for his eighth save.

"We pulled him in the 90s," Van Horn said. "You are going to (second guess) either way. You wish you had left him or you worry about leaving your guy in the pen who had been great all year.

"The thing is, he's going to pitch next week on short rest. There are a lot of things going on in your mind."

Killian didn't give up a hit until the seventh, a one-out double. He stranded that Aggie, then gave up a leadoff homer in the eighth to Troy Stein.

The Hogs outhit the Aggies, 8-4, with Eagan and Serrano leading the way with two hits. Cole Lankford, who stroked an RBI single in the 9th, led the Aggies with two hits.

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