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March 25, 2013

SEC BASEBALL: Vinson's 2-run single in 11th sparks Hogs past South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Matt Vinson broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run single in the top of the 11th to lift the 17th-ranked Arkansas baseball team to a 5-3 win over No. 6 South Carolina in 11 innings on Sunday afternoon at Carolina Stadium.

The victory for Arkansas completes the three-game sweep and improves the Razorbacks’ record to 17-7 on the season and 4-2 in Southeastern Conference play. South Carolina is now 18-6 on the season and 2-4 in league play.

The sweep for Arkansas was the program’s first over the Gamecocks in Columbia. It also marked the first time South Carolina had been swept at home since the 1999 season.

With the game tied at three in the top of the 11th, Arkansas broke the tie with a two-run rally. Jacob Morris drew a walk to start the inning and advanced to third on a one-out hit-and-run single to right by Joe Serrano to put runners on the corners. Tyler Spoon tried to lay down a safety squeeze bunt up the first base line, but South Carolina first baseman LB Dantzler flipped to the catcher at home to retire Morris for the second out of the inning. Anderson then hit a chopper deep in the hole at short. Pankake tried to throw Serrano out at third, but the throw was late to load the bases with two out. Vinson came through with a clutch two-out single to left field, scoring Serrano and Spoon to put the Razorbacks in front 5-3.

South Carolina did not quietly in the bottom of the 11th. The Gamecocks put the tying runs on base with two out in the bottom of the 11th. Colby Suggs was able to get out of the jam as he induced a ground out to shortstop by Joey Pankake to end the game and give Arkansas the sweep.

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