Arkansas rallied from a 4-0 deficit after two inning and 7-5 heading to the bottom of the eighth inning. They outlasted Kansas starter Shaffer Hall, coming off a no-hitter last week. Hall was superb over the first four innings, but left when the Hogs got to him for two in the fifth.
House cracked a pinch-hit, RBI single in the eighth as the Hogs scored three times for an 8-7 lead, then slammed his homer just over the wall in straightway left with one out in the 10th.
"He kept his hands back and kinda buggy whipped it," Van Horn said. "It was a change up and he really did a nice job with it. He's really got a lot of power. That was into the wind, but we've seen him take them out halfway up the light pole into a strong wind. He's really got a great swing, a pretty swing."
House said, "Coach Van Horn said after the game he might save me for his ninth inning pinch hitter from now on. That's fine. This was a team win."
That was House's second walk-off homer. He hit a grand slam to help the Hogs fly past No. 13 South Carolina last May.
"Similar, very similar," House said. "That wasn't a home run swing. I had two strikes. You have to protect the team in that situation. I was trying to get the bat on the ball, maybe get to second base."
When it cleared the wall, House went high in the air and pumped his fist.
"Yeah, I was pretty excited," he said. "We had lost to them yesterday and we wanted this win. This gives us some confidence. This lifts us. We needed to get our bats going. Now we can head into the weekend with our shoulders high."
Arkansas went with front-line pitching all the way. Dallas Keuchel gave up four runs in the second on five hits. It was his only rough inning. Justin Wells and Zack Cox each pitched one inning. Stephen Richards got the victory with two innings.
The Hogs had a chance to give Richards the victory an inning earlier when he got a strikeout on a pitch in the dirt with a runner on base. Freshman catcher James McCann, a defensive substitution, couldn't block it and the batter reached. The next Jayhawk delivered an RBI single to tie the score.
The Hogs began the rally when Andy Wilkins led off the fifth with a single. Andrew Darr followed with a double down the line in left. Scott Lyons lined a two-run single to right center. Wilkins sliced a two-run homer to left to tie it at 4-4 in the sixth.
Kansas plated two in the seventh, but the Hogs answered with a single run in the bottom of the inning Chase Leavitt doubled to left and Collin Kuhn followed with a single up the middle.
After the Jayhawks scored one run in the eighth, the Hogs grabbed an 8-7 lead with one of their best clutch innings of the young season.
Wilkins reached on a one-out walk, then moved to second on a wild pitch, just beating a good throw. Darr was hit by a two-strike pitch on his hand. House drove in one run with a pinch-hit single. The Hogs tied it on a safety squeeze by Scott Lyons, with pinch runner Jarrod McKinny making a perfect read and break. The Hogs got the lead when Kuhn, following an intentional walk to Leavitt, singled down the line in right on the first pitch.
"Kuhn got two big hits for a freshman," Van Horn said. "They walked Leavitt, and he was ready for the first pitch."
Kuhn said, "I went up there looking for a good pitch. The first one was pretty good. It was a changeup. I tried to take advantage of the walk. This was a big victory. Everyone got to swinging the bats pretty good today. It was a scrappy victory."
Van Horn was excited about some pitching news after the game. Mike Bolsinger, throwing on the side for the two weeks, has the green light after a bout with mononucleosis.
"He had the scan of his spleen yesterday and we found out just before the game that he is good to go," Van Horn said. "That's big. We may start him Sunday. Turns out he was probably mis-diagnosed this fall when they thought he had Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. So he was further along in his recovery than we thought."
Bryan Bingham, another potential starting pitcher, has thrown three pain-free bullpen sessions after a rib cage injury put him on the deck about a month ago. He should be ready to pitch soon, too.
"So that's very encouraging news," Van Horn said. "Both of them have been throwing and we are glad to get them back. We may have Bingham in another week."
T. J. Forrest is scheduled to start Friday's series opener against Western Illinois. Drew Smyly will start Saturday. Bolsinger, likely with a low pitch count, will likely start Sunday's finale, now set for noon.
Van Horn said he will leave the struggling Brett Eibner in the lineup. Eibner is batting .111, with two hits in 18 at bats with 12 strikeouts. He had four strikeouts Wednesday.
"He's in a bad funk right now," Van Horn said. "But he's too good a hitter and he'll come out of it. He'll stay in there this weekend."
Van Horn moved Ben Tschepikow to the three hole in the lineup. The senior was hitless in five at bats, but KU middle infielders made fine plays on two of his line shots.
"We were swinging the bats a little better today," Van Horn said. "I'm leaving him third. He hit the ball on the nose a couple of times. Leavitt had another typical work-man-like day for him. Three hits, a walk, on base four times."