"We fed off the crowd a lot," Arkansas senior outfielder Andrew Darr said. "They didn't get on us too hard. We kept on and coming from behind is kind of the name of the game we've been playing this year."
The Razorbacks (24-6) used seven runs over the next two innings and Arkansas pitching allowed just one run over the last six innings to preserve an 8-7 win in front of a Baum Stadium record crowd of 11,014 fans.
"This is what you play baseball for," said freshman second baseman Bo Bigham. "People come out and cheer for you. It's great that we got the win for them.
"When they get loud and rowdy like they can it just gets the momentum going our way. And I'm sure it distracts the pitchers over there. It's like a 10th man on the field."
Darr, who grew up just 15 miles from the Arizona State campus, said it was likely the Sun Devils had never seen a crowd so big.
"Growing up I went to a lot of games (at Arizona State)," Darr said. "But I don't think they get the kind of crowds we see out here."
In fact, Arizona State (23-7) played in front of the two largest crowds it had seen all season in the two-game set. The Tuesday and Wednesday games combined set a Baum record for attendance at a midweek series with 17,300 fans.
Bigham, a freshman from Texarkana and the 2008 Mr. Baseball in Arkansas, said the crowds were a major contributor in choosing the Razorbacks.
"Everybody that has come here and sees this stadium knows that baseball here is a big deal," Bigham said. "Everybody looks forward to the games and everybody loves to play baseball here because of the fan base and the coaches."
Freshman Zack Cox, who had seen limited playing time in recent weeks because of tightness in his back, said the home field advantage was a plus.
"You always feed off adrenaline when you're pitching," said Cox after pitching three shutout innings to earn his third win of the season. "With a crowd like that how could you not have adrenaline running through you, especially when you're playing the No. 1 team in the country? It was definitely a big factor."