But baseball purists will tell you that the 27th out is always the hardest one to get and ORU will definitely agree with that.
Down to his last strike, Scott Lyons capped off a three-hit night with a bases-loaded, bases-clearing double that eluded the left fielder and lifted the Razorbacks to a 3-2 win over the Golden Eagles before an announced crowd of 2,006 fans.
"We couldn't buy a big hit to save our life the last three weeks, but we dump a couple of flares in there and we smoke one about as hard as a 175-pound guy can hit it," Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. "I am just glad he didn't catch it. That would have been miserable if he had caught that ball."
Lyons had half of his team's six hits in a game in which the Razorbacks (32-17) looked headed to their sixth straight loss after going into the ninth inning trailing 2-0.
"I knew I had hit in good, but still I am not a power hitter and I am not use to hitting home runs," Lyons said. "I knew the wind was blowing and I saw those outfielders coming together and I thought "no way.' But luckily they didn't catch it."
ORU starter Drew Bowen went the distance while throwing an amazing 169 pitches in a game that was delayed 66 minutes at the start due to rain.
"He has flashed good outings these year, just not been as consistent as we would have liked," ORU head coach Rob Walton said. "He had a game where he struck out 13 in six or seven innings. I didn't plan on leaving him out there that long, but since he was a freshman and he was going good and to be in a good atmosphere against a good club – that's a good experience for him."
After giving up singles to Brett Eibner and Collin Kuhn and hitting Chase Leavitt with two outs, Bowen got two quick strikes on Lyons.
But he couldn't get the third one by him and Lyons tagged it. Left fielder Danny Duffy fell down after getting to the warning track and couldn't corral.
"I thought it was way out when it was hit," Van Horn said. "That's why the guy didn't catch it. He was ready to go climb that wall and bring it back, but the ball stops and comes back in. That ball was hammered into about a 15 mile-an-hour wind."
Walton had visited with Bowen on the mound in the ninth after the two bloop hits, but decided to leave him in to finish the job.
"Anytime you have a chance to do that, you want to give the kid a chance," Walton said. "Today's baseball has changed a lot with set-up guys and the closers. You try to preach to your starters that you don't want them to have a poor mentality of just saying I am going to go six innings and take a shower. You tell them, ‘You start it, you finish it.' He deserved an opportunity to win it and he would have won it if the left fielder hadn't fallen down and makes an awful play."
Lyons was impressed with Bowen (2-1), who fanned 13 and walked five.
"He just battled," Lyons said. "He threw 169 pitches, which is unbelievable. He's a freshman I believe, too, so hats off to him. He was locating his fastball and throwing that cutter or slider or whatever he was throwing. We were real lucky to get the win."
While luck played a part so did Arkansas' pitching with starter Drew Smyly matching a career-high with six innings while fanning six and not giving up any earned runs.
He was followed to the mound by Sam Murphy, Justin Wells and eventual winner Stephen Richards (5-0), who each pitched a scoreless inning of relief and gave their team a chance for the rally in the ninth.
"We just couldn't get the big hit," Van Horn said. "We hit three or four or five balls hard…It was a good win for us. Frustrating game. I thought their pitcher did a heck of a job. You have got to give him credit.
"I thought our pitching staff did a great job," Van Horn added. "They didn't drive anybody in, we threw two guys in. It should have been 0-0 going into the ninth."
The Golden Eagles scored two runs in the top of the fourth on a throwing error by Arkansas catcher Ryan Cisterna. Johnny Roberts struck out on a ball in the dirt. Needing to throw the batter out at first, Cisterna tossed the ball down the right-field line allowing both base runners to score and give ORU the lead.
Arkansas' best chance to score early was in the opening inning when it loaded the bases with one out before Bowen fanned Zack Cox and got Jacob House to ground out.
Lyons' first inning single was the only hit for the Razorbacks until he singled leading off the sixth.
The win happened on a night when Arkansas held Woofstock, an event which allowed owners to bring their dogs to the stadium and featured dogs long-jumping into water to get a toy just outside the gates.
The Razorbacks had the tying runs on in the eighth, but it turned out to be the ninth when they would break through.
It was their eighth win in their last at-bat this season.
"We keep thinking the chips are going to come to our side," Lyons said. "Maybe this is the start of it. Hopefully it is."
Arkansas will close out its regular season with a three-game series with visiting Ole Miss beginning with Thursday's 6:35 p.m. opener.