Hogs Win In 10

FAYETTEVILLE -- In a scene reminiscent last year's postseason, Arkansas players stormed the field and mobbed Stephen Robison after he crossed home plate in the 10th inning of Saturday's 3-2 win against No. 6 Florida in Baum Stadium.

The only difference from last year's NCAA Regional and Super Regional wins here was that there was no Hogpile on Saturday as Robison refused to let his knees buckle despite several players leaping onto the top of the jubilant melee.

"Man, what a feeling," Robison said. "Everybody kept piling on top of me, but there was no way I was going down."

It went down only moments earlier with all 7,537 in Baum Stadium either on their feet or on the edge of their seats during the Razorbacks' final at-bat.

Robison reached on a one-out error and moved to third when a walk and a hit batsman loaded the bases for freshman Clint Arnold, who added to the drama by getting to a full-count against Florida (31-15, 14-9) submarine pitcher Conner Falkenbach.

Looking for a fastball, Arnold hit a hard grounder that was bobbled by Gators second baseman Adam Davis and allowed the winning run to score.

"We need to remember this feeling," said Arnold, who was bear hugged by teammates after they got through trying to pile on Robison. "This is about 110 percent better than the way we've felt lately. This gives us a lot of confidence and momentum and we need keep it going the rest of the season."

With Friday's 4-1 win, Arkansas (35-13, 11-12) wrapped up its first Southeastern Conference series win since sweeping Vanderbilt on April 10. Game 3 of the Florida series is set for 12:07 p.m. today.

Several close losses in SEC play had Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn looking for an opportunity to "steal" a win, which the Hogs pretty much did Saturday as they were out-hit 9-5 by the Gators.

"I'd say what we did was hung in there and gave ourselves a chance to win," said Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn. "We never let them have a big inning and when we needed a big out, we got it.

"You have to be a little lucky in this game and I'm sure we were a little bit (Saturday)."

No luck was needed for reliever Charley Boyce (8-6) to finish off the Gators for the final 5 1/3 innings. Coming in with two outs in the fifth and Arkansas trailing 2-1, he allowed no runs on four hits while striking out three.

The only trouble Boyce ran into was after Davis and Jeff Corsaletti led off the seventh with back-to-back singles.

With Corsaletti on third, Boyce got Florida slugger Matt LaPorta to hit a soft comebacker and wisely threw out Corsaletti attempting to score. Boyce then got Stephen Barton to ground into an inning-ending double play.

"Our defense has been awesome the last two games," Boyce said. "We had a tough week of practice and kind of rallied together. Then, we just left it all on the field the last two games which is what we need to do again (today)."

Arkansas' come-from-behind win overshadowed a strong performance by Florida starter Alan Horne, who struck out a career-high 12 while allowing two runs (both driven in by Scott Hode) on four hits in nine innings.

"It was just a game that, really if you look at it statistically, we probably shouldn't have won it," Van Horn said. "Their starting pitcher out pitched our starting pitcher, but we made a lot of gutsy plays, hung in there and got out of some jams to find a way to win."

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