Lyons Wins It In 10th

FAYETTEVILLE — As he rounded third base Wednesday night, moments after smacking a game-winning home run in the 10th inning, Scott Lyons saw teammate Andy Wilkins give him a familiar look.

He recognized Wilkins' mischevious grin. So Lyons prepared to take a hit from his teammate when he touched home plate to cap Arkansas' thrilling 10-9 victory over the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

"I knew he was going to tackle me," Lyons said. "I saw his face coming around the bases. I lost my shoe and ended up on the ground. But I'll take that any day."

So will the 11th-ranked Razorbacks, who desperately needed a victory before 2,874 fans in Baum Stadium in advance of their weekend trip to No. 8 Georgia. Arkansas also snapped a three-game losing streak.

The Hogs (25-9) squandered a ninth-inning lead. Brett Eibner's three-run home run in the seventh gave Arkansas an 8-7 lead. But closer Stephen Richards allowed an unearned run in the ninth on Bo Bigham's one-out error.

ULM (22-13) then went up 9-8 on Perry Smith's RBI single in the 10th. Unlike Tuesday night, however, the Razorbacks were able to rally. After all, these Razorbacks are familiar with comebacks. In fact, Arkansas fell behind Wednesday night for the ninth consecutive game.

"It did seem like we gave up a bit (Tuesday) night," Lyons said. "It almost felt like we lost once (ULM went ahead in the eighth). Coach (Dave Van Horn) wanted us to never give up until the last out (tonight)."

That was glaringly evident when — with two outs in the 10th — Lyons smacked a 1-0 change-up from Corey Brown into the Arkansas bullpen. Lyons said he isn't "a home run hitter by any means" and "was just trying to get the next guy to the plate."

Van Horn said Lyons' third home run this season should allow Arkansas to get its season back on track.

"If you've ever been part of a team, and you lose four in a row, and then you have to travel far to Georgia, it wouldn't have been a fun trip," Van Horn said. "They can relax now, take a big breath and get ready to get back into it in the SEC and play better."



WHEN: 6 p.m., Friday; Noon, Saturday; 1 p.m., Sunday

WHERE: Foley Field, Athens, Ga.

TV: Cox Sports Television (Cox channel 119), Friday and Sunday; Fox Sports Net (Cox channel 27), Saturday

ON THE AIR: KFAY-AM 1030; KURM-AM 790, FM-100.3; KHGG-AM 1580, FM-103.1; KXIO-FM 106.9

RECORDS: Arkansas 25-9; Georgia 29-7

SERIES RECORD: Arkansas leads, 19-14

FRIDAY'S PROBABLE PITCHERS: Arkansas, Dallas Keuchel (5-1, 4.53); Georgia, Trevor Holder (6-2, 3.86)

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