Instead he ended up going yard and finishing off the game.
Lyons' 2-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th rallied the Razorbacks past the University of Louisiana-Monroe 10-9 Wednesday before 2,874 fans at Baum Stadium.
"We didn't quit," Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. "We were down to our last out and Scotty came through for us. It was a big win."
Arkansas (25-9) ended a three-game losing streak with the win over ULM (22-13) in a game in which the home team had to rally from 4-1, 7-5 and 9-8 deficits.
It was a big win for the Razorbacks, especially considering they would have been going to Georgia this weekend with a four-game losing skid without Lyons' two-out blast.
"If you have ever been a part of a team, you lose four in a row and you have to travel as far as we do to Georgia, it wouldn't have been a fun trip," Van Horn said. "They can relax, take a deep breath and get ready to get back into it in the SEC and play better."
The Warhawks had down the Razorbacks 3-2 on Tuesday night to pile on top of two blowout losses to Vanderbilt at home last weekend.
"Yesterday was a tough loss for us and it was a tough weekend," Van Horn said. "Baseball is a funny game. Sometimes you just try too hard and maybe that is what happened yesterday and today they just played."
Lyons – who was 2-of-6 with 4 RBIs on the day - sent the home crowd home happy and also set off a celebration at home plate that included teammate Andy Wilkins tackling him.
"I knew he was going to tackle me or something," Lyons said. "I saw his coming round the bases and I was ready. I lost my shoe and ended up on the ground, but that's all right. I'll take it any day."
It actually appeared twice as if Razorback sophomore Brett Eibner was going to be the game's hero.
Eibner's sixth home run of the season - a three-run blast – gave his team a 8-7 lead in the seventh, an inning in which he had entered as a defensive replacement.
After the Warhawks tied it up 8-8 with an unearned run in the ninth, Eibner looked to have blasted his second of the game out.
But the win grabbed ahold of Eibner's swat and kept it in play – something that entered Lyons' mind when he touched off his.
"I knew I had got all of it, but with that wind" Lyons said, "I mean I thought Eibner's was going off the scoreboard. That crossed my mind, too. Luckily it got out."
Lyons' homer made a winner out of reliever Zack Cox, who had given up a run in the top of the 10th on Perry Smith's bloop single.
Cox, who started his day at third base, was one of seven Arkansas pitchers and 11 that went to the mound between the two teams.
He was probably going to be the last Razorback to toe the rubber as well if his team had only tied the game and forced an 11th inning.
"We didn't want to use any more pitching," Van Horn said. "It was kind of like do you want to win this game or have a better shot to win at Georgia? We were to that point and that is why we didn't run (Stephen) Richards back out there again. We were getting a little thin and I am sure they were, too, so I am glad it ended the way it did."
Matt Collins' three-run bomb in the seventh on a two-out, two-strike pitch had given his team a 7-5 lead.
But Travis Sample and Wilkins reached base and then Eibner greeted new pitcher Corey Brown by jumping on his fourth pitch of the at-bat and sending it into the Hogpen.
"Really I was just sitting off-speed with guys at second and third," Eibner said. "Just from last year all I got was off-speed with guys on base. I was looking for a change up or a slider and I got my slider and I just drove it out there."
Drew Smyly gave up a run in the opening inning , but Razorback lead-off hitter Chase Leavitt tied it 1-1 in the bottom of the frame with his first home run of the season.
The Warhawks grabbed a 4-1 lead in the second on Matt Laird's base loaded, bases-clearing triple.
Arkansas answered with Lyons' two-run single and Leavitt scoring on a wild pitch to tie it 4-4.
The Razorbacks took the lead 5-4 in the sixth when Bo Bigham scored an unearned run when Kuhn's ball was dropped in left field.
It's now on to Georgia.
"We have just got to do our thing, do what we were doing before," Eibner said. "We hit this little streak with Vanderbilt and last night, but we are going to get right back on track where we left out."
Scott Lyons arrives at home plate after his game-winning blast.
The Razorbacks celebrate Lyons' heroics.
Andy Wilkins and Travis Sample congratulate Brett Eibner on his seventh-inning homer.
Chase Leavitt watches his first homer of the season leave the ballpark.
Boomer Blanchard fires to first to complete a double play.
Bo Bigham does the same for Arkansas as Nick Wade is forced out.
Stephen Richards was the sixth of seven Arkansas pitchers to appear in the game on Wednesday.