Nebraska 7, Arkansas 4

Nebraska rallies for six runs in the ninth to rally past Arkansas 7-4 on Wednesday and earn a split of a two-game mid-week series at Baum Stadium.

Nebraska really only had one good offensive inning out of the 18 it played during its two games with the University of Arkansas.

But a six-run top of the ninth on day two let the visitors leave Fayetteville happy and with a split.

Adam Bailey's two-run homer capped the Cornhuskers outburst - one fueled by a costly two-run error that tied it – and they went on to down the No. 16 Razorbacks 7-4 before 4,325 fans at Baum Stadium.

"You have got to give Nebraska credit," Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. "When we gave them a shot, they got after us. One right after another, battled at the plate. That was a great win for them and a very disappointing loss for us."

The Razorbacks (13-4) led 3-1 entering the ninth on the strength of Andy Wilkins' two-run homer in the fourth – one of his blasts on the day and 8 on the season - and Zack Cox' solo shot an inning later.

Ironically those would also be the two young men in the middle of the play that gave the visitors a chance and helped end Arkansas' winning streak at 4.

With one out runners at first and second, Cory Burleson hit a sharp grounder to first baseman Wilkins, who gobbled it up and flipped to where relief pitcher Cox was hustling to cover the bag.

The connection not only wasn't made, but the ball eluded Cox, who ended up being charged with an error on the play about 30 minutes afterward when tape was review.

The ball got past Cox, rolled into foul territory and both Ben Kline and Cody Asche scored to tie the contest.

Asche hustled all way from first and beat catcher Ryan Cisterna by an eyelash to tie it 3-3.

"We still have a chance to win it and Andy makes a nice play and makes a perfect throw to Cox going over to field the ball and he didn't catch the ball. Not only did he not catch it, but it goes clear over there (to the dugout). It doesn't just drop. This is a defensive position guy that you think is a pretty good fielder and you've just got to make the play."

The third run scored because no one was covering the plate when Cisterna hustled after the throw – although Cox was racing there.

"I think if Cisterna would have given the ball to Cox he would have got him," Van Horn said. "It was kind of a footrace and if he flips the ball to him – and Cox wanted the ball – I think he would have got him because it was so close as it was."

The Cornhuskers (12-6-1) then laced four straight hits – including Bailey's 9th homer of the season – to go up 7-3 with three earned runs and three unearned ones in the rally.

"It was a little bit crazy and a good inning for us obviously," Nebraska head coach Mike Anderson said. "We felt like we battled in the seventh and eighth, but didn't get anything across. We got a little bit of a break there, but I also thought our kids were very disciplined and battled.

"…Once we got it to 3-3 we had some really clutch hitting," Anderson said.

Arkansas, which had 8 hits in the contest, looked in great shape with closer Stephen Richards taking a two-run lead into the ninth.

Cox (2-1) replaced Richards after he walked a batter, walked one of his own and then the craziness ensued.

"We just didn't come out and do what we needed to do and that's give ourselves a chance to hold on to that lead," Van Horn said. "We have just got to throw the ball over the plate. We can't hang a slider. He (Cox) hadn't pitched in a week. You'd think he'd have good stuff and he did not have good stuff today."

Razorback starter Sam Murphy allowed one run while hurling the first four innings and was followed to the mound by Christian Kowalchuk, Kendell Wehrle, Justin Wells and Richards, who entered in the eighth to face the tying run with nobody out.

The crew had allowed only the one run on five hits entering the final frame before Cox and reliever Geoffrey Davenport allowed four.

"That got us to the ninth inning and they had only scored one run and then basically they exploded on us," Van Horn said. "It was a little bit of momentum and we gave them an extra out, which was the fourth out, and you can't do that when the game is tight between two good teams."

Wilkins launched a lead off homer in the bottom of the ninth and Scott Lyons followed with a single, but winning pitcher Mike Nesetth then fanned the next three batters to end the game.

Nebraska, who fell 7-3 to Arkansas on Tuesday night, jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth Wednesday when Kinne's sacrifice fly plated Bailey, who had led off the inning with a single.

That lead didn't last long as Arkansas leadoff hitter Chase Leavitt walked, moved up on Collin Kuhn's sacrifice bunt and came home an out later on Wilkins' round-tripper.

Cox hit his second homer of the year with one out in the fifth to put his team up 3-1.

Arkansas – which swept Florida three games in its SEC opening series this past weekend – is headed to Auburn for another three-game set beginning Friday.

"We talked about what went wrong and hopefully it will be something we learn and we will play well this weekend," Van Horn said. "I thought we were pretty lethargic today to be honest with you."





Nebraska's Cody Asche just beats the tag of a diving Ryan Cisterna to tie the game 3-3 in the top of the ninth.





Adam Bailey hit a two-run homer to cap the Cornhuskers' 6-run ninth inning.





Andy Wilkins hit two homers on Wednesday, including a two-run bomb in the fourth that scored Chase Leavitt.





Sam Murphy started and pitched four innings for the Razorbacks.





Arkansas' Collin Kuhn is tagged out at the plate.





Razorback head coach Dave Van Horn voices his displeasure with an umpire's call.





Arkansas assistant Todd Butler got tossed from the game after arguing a strike call.





Arkansas third baseman and relief pitcher Zack Cox fires to the plate in the ninth inning.


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