The Razorbacks (24-17, 9-9) – who took two of three from the Aggies - leaped into both the Baseball America and D1 Baseball.com rankings at No. 25 on Monday.
That follows a Sunday morning after Arkansas rallied from five runs down to edge Texas A&M 9-8 in the conclusion of a suspended game and then went on to whip the Aggies 8-2 on Sunday afternoon.
“I’ve been in this a long time and this is one of the better days I’ve had as a coach,” Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. “From where we were at [Saturday] night, down five runs, lost the first one and having been at the ballpark 14 hours and knowing it was going to be a tough Sunday, they seemed fresh to me and they played hard knowing this was a big series for what was on the line.”
Arkansas has now won 10 of its last 13 games while Texas A&M (35-5, 12-5) lost two on Sunday after losing just three games in the first 2 ½ months of the season.
Arkansas – which outscored Texas A&M 14-2 on the day - jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the first of the second game, which included a two-hour delay after the first two Razorback batters.
Arkansas starting pitcher Keaton McKinney (3-1) got the win and worked out of a base-loaded jam in the second inning.
J.B. Moss drove a McKinney pitch to the wall, but it was caught by Razorback left fielder Joe Serrano.
“That was a mistake pitch that was supposed to be in which it was, but it was up and he jammed him just enough to keep it in the ballpark,” Van Horn said. “It’s a game of inches. One pitch, one play turns a series.”
The Razorbacks have now won their last four conference series after beginning the season 1-5 in league action.
Arkansas hosts Mississippi State this weekend at Baum Stadium with games Friday at 6:35 p.m., Saturday at 6:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
LSU takes over at No. 1 and hosts Texas A&M Thursday through Saturday at Alex Box Stadium.
Anyone who throws in the towel on a Dave Van Horn-coached team needs to mail it in ... Outstanding coach/staff. https://t.co/gcBGvxKiT6— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogersD1) April 20, 2015