Still when Razorback left fielder Colin Kuhn launched a line drive down the right field line and out of the park in the bottom of the ninth, it looked those in the crowd of 6,047 had been rewarded with a tie game.
However, that drive – like the Arkansas season has lately – went foul.
Thus only two earned runs off UA starter Dallas Keuchel proved to be enough for the Rebels to down the Razorbacks 7-5 in the opening game of a three-game set at Baum Stadium.
"I thought it was going to stay fair," Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said of Kuhn's drive. "But it really hooked or sliced at the last second. I thought it at least was going to stay fair so we would have a shot. But that is kind of the way it works."
Arkansas (32-18, 14-13) has now lost its last six SEC games while Ole Miss (38-15, 18-10) continued to put itself in position to hold an NCAA Regional.
"The first three innings we couldn't play catch," Van Horn said. "We got behind 7-1, but you have to give our guys credit. The pitching was a lot better the last six innings, but it's hard to overcome a good team when you are down 7-1. We had a couple of big hits, but just couldn't come through."
Van Horn, whose team out-hit its foe 13-11, responded quickly to a question about his team possibly pressing and that leading the errors.
"No, not at all," Van Horn said. "I thought they are not pressing whatsoever. I just think they are not making plays. This dugout is loose. We had a good practice yesterday and hit the ball as well as we have hit it in a long time. There's not any pressing. Nobody is getting after each other. It is just flat out motivated players in there, but it just didn't happen."
Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco knew the errors helped, but he thought his team deserved a lot of credit for taking advantage of them as well.
"Certainly the errors helped and that's part of the game, but I like that we were able to capitalize, got some bunts down, did some things and got some two out hits and made somethings happen," Bianco said.
The Rebels jumped ahead 2-0 in the opening inning when Ben Tschepikow's throwing error with the bases loaded and two outs brought home a couple.
Tschepikow – whose was 4-for-4 at the plate on the night - made a great play to come up with the ball, but his throw was wild.
"Ben made a heck of a play, got up and just made a bad throw," Van Horn said.
Chase Leavitt singled and rode home on Scott Lyons' double to cut it to 2-1 in the bottom of the frame.
The Rebels used both their bats and three Razorback errors in the third inning to get themselves a nice cushion.
Kyle Henson and Zach Miller both singled and Henson raced home when Keuchel threw wildly past first on a sacrifice bunt.
Kevin Mort's sacrifice fly and squeeze bunt made it a five-run game and then Logan Power's double made it 7-1 after a third error.
"Certainly they mishandled some balls, but in the end we got 11 hits and were able to get some runners in," Bianco said. "I thought they made some terrific plays as well or I thought we could have opened it up a little more."
Arkansas cut it to 7-3 in the bottom of the third against Ole Miss starter and winner Drew Pomeranz (6-3) by putting together four singles by Lyons, Andy Wilkins, Tschepikow and Collin Kuhn.
It became 7-4 when Wilkins – who had 3 hits - doubled in the fifth, went to third on a wild pitch and Tschepikow drove him in with an infield single.
Tschepikow was safe despite a terrific play by second baseman Tim Ferguson, who got the ball behind second base and flipped it with his glove to shortstop Mort, who fired on to first.
Wilkins' then drove home Tim Carver, who had walked leading off the bottom of the sixth, to bring Arkansas within 7-5 and knock out Pomeranz, who fanned 10 and gave up five runs in 5 2/3 innings.
But relievers Aaron Barrett, David Goforth and Jake Morgan stymied the Razorbacks from that point on.
"We swing the bats good, ran the bases hard and played hard and gave it a good effort," Van Horn said, "but you can't just make four errors in the first three innings and expect to give yourself a chance against a good team."
Keuchel went 6 2/3 innings while allowing nine hits, fanning six and walking three.
Mike Bolsinger finished up while allowing just two hits.
"He (Keuchel) battled and gave us a chance to save our bullpen a little bit," Van Horn said. "…He kept us in the ballgame and Mike did a good job at the end. We just didn't come through with the hit."
The two teams will hook back up Friday night at 6:35 p.m. and then Saturday at 2:05 p.m.
Chase Leavitt scores Arkansas' first run of the game.
Zach Miller races off after tagging out Ben Tschepikow attempting to steal third.
Arkansas pitcher Dallas Keuchel fell to 7-3 with the hard-luck loss in which he allowed just two earned runs.
Tim Carver makes a play.
Scott Lyons hauls in a throw that caps off a double play off a failed sacrifice bunt.
Ben Tschepikow waits on a throw as Tim Ferguson slides in safely with a stolen base.