FAYETTEVILLE – Senior Tom Hauskey came through with a pinch-hit, walk-off single with two outs in the ninth inning to lift Arkansas past Alabama 4-3 Saturday at Baum Stadium.
The No. 16 Razorbacks (17-5, 3-2 SEC) came from behind for the second consecutive day against the No. 20 Crimson Tide to win their first conference series of the season. Arkansas overcame two separate deficits for a 9-8 win Friday night.
"I take advantage of every opportunity I get on this team," Hauskey said. "There are a lot of good things happening on this team. Everyone works hard and I'm just one of those guys trying to help the team win.
"There are nerves but as soon as you step in the box you have to turn it into confidence. I sat on a pitch and was pretty sure I was going to get a fastball. Once confidence stepped in those butterflies went away."
Hauskey, who had been battling a pulled oblique prior to this week, pinch-hit for designated hitter Brett Eibner, who was hit in the helmet in his previous at-bat in the sixth inning. Eibner remained on the ground for several minutes while Arkansas' staff checked on him but eventually made his way to first base.
In the ninth inning Eibner stood on-deck while Andy Wilkins was at the plate as a decoy.
"I had to pinch hit somebody because Eibner probably doesn't know what day it is now," said Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn, who noted the junior is questionable for Sunday. "He is a little groggy. I just put him out on deck so they wouldn't pitch around Andy. I wasn't going to hit him. We had already taken him out of the game."
Collin Kuhn led off the ninth inning with a double for the Razorbacks and advanced to third on a Wilkins sacrifice fly for the second out in the inning. He scored the winning run with Hauskey's clutch hit.
"Collin has been a great leadoff for us all year," Hauskey said. "He has to jump-start the offense. We love having him in that position because we know he can do the job."
Arkansas tied the game 3-3 with a three-run seventh inning, erasing a fantastic start by Alabama starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson, who didn't allow a hit in the first five innings.
Bo Bigahm led off the inning with a single and later scored on Kuhn's RBI single. Matt Reynolds then scored on a fielder's choice to pull Arkansas within 3-2 and the Razorbacks tied the game with a two-out RBI single from Zack Cox to score Kuhn.
Cox, who finished the game 1-for-3, extended his hitting streak to 22 games.
"I don't know, he just finds a way," Van Horn said. "He's kind of scary at the plate right now."
After scoring a run in the fifth inning off the Arkansas starter Eibner, Alabama (16-5, 2-3) tacked on a pair of runs in the sixth inning to build a 3-0 lead. The Crimson Tide had plenty of chances to build to their lead, but hit into three double plays on the afternoon and left the bases loaded in the seventh inning.
"Pitching did a good job of getting us those double plays," Van Horn said. "When we got out of that jam in the seventh inning and they didn't score, it was the turning point in the game."
Eibner pitched one more inning after being hit in the head. He finished by going a season-high seven innings on the mound, allowing two earned runs on 11 hits.
Jordan Pratt (1-0) earned the win by pitching two innings and allowing no runs on two hits.
Arkansas 4, Alabama 3
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