Eibner launched a pair of two-run homers – including a game-tying run in the ninth – but it was his 10th-inning bases loaded walk that lifted the University of Arkansas to an 8-7 win over the University of Oklahoma on Tuesday night before 8,212 fans at Baum Stadium.
It was a game where the No. 7 Razorbacks (30-11) rallied from 2-0, 4-3 and 7-5 deficits to down the No. 9 Sooners (33-12) and one that ended on the 12th pitch of the at-bat to Eibner.
"On the home run, he had just been throwing me sliders the whole at-bat so I was just setting on a slider the whole time," Eibner said. "Sure enough I got it and I pulled it into the bullpen.
"On the walk I was just trying to make contact and put the ball in play somewhere, but I kept fouling some pitches off. I finally got that last one, but it was up and out and I just took it. I end up winning the game on a walk-off walk."
The ending of the nearly four-hour delighted the vast majority of the 8,212 fans in attendance along with Razorback head coach Dave Van Horn and his team.
It was the eight win for the Razorbacks in their last at-bat this season, their sixth in as many 10-inning games and a boost going into a weekend showdown with No. 5 LSU.
"It was probably fun for the fans, I don't know about the coaches," Van Horn said. "I think the players enjoyed it. It was a good win to come back and win…They have a really good team and it was a good win for us."
He obviously was proud of Eibner, who now has 10 home runs this season – including four in his last five games and 6 in his last 11 after a woeful start to open the season.
"I was just excited to see Eibner have some really good at-bats," Van Horn said. "He fouled off a lot of pitches throughout the game really and finally worked that walk. That was huge."
It was a night when each team hit a trio of homers, including winning pitcher Zack Cox (5-1) blasting out his sixth of the season for the Razorbacks.
Cox looked like he was going to be the hero in the 10th when he lined a shot with the bases loaded and nobody out.
But a spectacular reaction play by Oklahoma second baseman Matt Harughty – who was in on the grass – saved the Sooners for a minute.
"We looked like we were going to win it when the ball left Zach Cox' bat, but the guy made an incredible play," Van Horn said. "What a reaction play."
OU closer and loser Ryan Duke(2-1) – who blew what would have been his 11th save – fanned Collin Kuhn before Eibner's extended at-bat won it with his fifth RBI of the game.
J.T. Wise hit his 15th home run of the season for Oklahoma while Ross Hubbard and Bryant Hernadez also added round-trippers for the Sooners.
But that wasn't enough to fend off the rallying Razorbacks, who won despite being outhit 11-9.
"We've been doing it all year," Van Horn said. "I would like to be up a lot of runs every now and then. It's been a while since we really just got after somebody. I know last Friday we won 9-3, but we also left a lot of runners out there at Tennessee. We got a couple of big hits tonight and hopefully it will carry into the weekend."
Oklahoma starter Stephen Porlier went 6 innings while giving up 4 runs on 5 hits with a half-dozen strikouts and just one bases on balls.
Arkansas starter Bryan Bingham matched his longest stint of the season – albeit just 2 innings.
He was the first of six Razorback pitchers on the night with Christian Kowalchuk, Jeremy Heatley, Scott Limbocker, Mike Bolsinger and Cox all following him to the mound.
"We had a couple of leadoff walks that hurt us, but other than that they did a good job," Van Horn said. "They hadn't pitched in awhile and there is a couple of guys in there that can give us innings on the weekend."
Brett Eibner gets congratulations from Chase Leavitt, James McCann and Ben Tschepikow after the first of his two home runs on Tuesday night.