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Arkansas 6, Texas A&M 4 (10)

Arkansas beat Texas A&M in dramatic fashion Thursday night.

On a night it seemed Arkansas couldn't buy a timely hit, the Razorbacks got a pair of late two-run home runs to get a series-opening victory Thursday.

Chad Spanberger's monster shot in the 10th inning sailed over the scoreboard and lifted the Razorbacks to a 6-4 win over Texas A&M in extra innings.

His at bat was necessitated by a ninth-inning rally by the Aggies, who needed to score a run to extend the game after Jax Biggers hit a go-ahead two-run in the eighth.

Fresh off a 4 1/3-inning save against Vanderbilt last week, Jake Reindl was brought in to get the final three outs. However, he issued a leadoff walk and Texas A&M made him pay for the mistake.

Two batters later, Cole Bedford ripped a double down the third base line, putting the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position for the Aggies. A sacrifice fly by Jorge Gutierrez tied the game, but Bedford was stranded on third when Reindl got a strikeout to end the inning.

Jake Arledge got a two-out single to fall in centerfield in the top of the 10th inning, setting up Spanberger's game-winning homer.

Arkansas could have avoided all of the late-inning drama had it come up with a clutch hit or two earlier in the game.

Other than a pair of RBI singles by Biggers and Arledge in the second inning - which gave Arkansas a 2-0 lead - the Razorbacks struggled to score runs. They stranded 10 runners on base in the first seven innings.

The eighth-inning homer by Biggers snapped Texas A&M ace reliever Kaylor Chaffin's consecutive scoreless innings streak at 27 2/3 innings, but Arkansas once again failed to put the game away. It loaded with bases with one out, only to have Grant Koch ground into an inning-ending double play.

The long balls saved the Razorbacks, who went 2 for 13 (.154) with runners in scoring position and wasted an excellent start by Trevor Stephan. The junior right-hander allowed three earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out 10 batters in 7 2/3 innings.

A three-run home run by Breden Shewmake in the third inning was his only blemish.

Despite earning a no decision, it was Stephan's third straight start with at least 10 strikeouts. He's totaled 32 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings over his last three appearances.

By winning the game, Arkansas remains mathematically alive for the SEC West title. The Razorbacks would need to win the next two games against the Aggies and Mississippi State would have to win its next two games against LSU.

It is also widely believed that they could clinch a home NCAA regional by winning just one of their last two regular-season games.

Friday's game is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. and it will be streamed on SEC Network+, meaning it can be watched on ESPN3.com or on the WatchESPN app.


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