Faced with allowing Spanberger to hit a game winning walk-off home run - which would have been his sixth of the tournament and ninth in the last seven Arkansas games - Paul Mainieri walked out to the mound and told Newman to intentionally walk him.
After dropping a three-game series against the LSU Tigers earlier in the season, the Arkansas Razorbacks will look for revenge Sunday in the championship game of the 2017 SEC tournament.
Matt Cronin, Cannon Chadwick, Josh Alberius, and Dominic Taccolini all came out of the bullpen in the final six innings and kept LSU within striking distance for the rest of the day. "He pulled the second baseman off the bag and he slid right into him".
After going 3-for-4 in Saturday's win, shortstop Jax Biggers now has nine hits in the tournament, including three triples, to lead all players. John Parke allowed six runs in the second and third.
For Auburn, it was an unceremonious end to their run in the SEC Tournament (although they are still expected to qualify for the NCAA Tournament) and a continuation of their recent struggles.
Arkansas sophomore first baseman Chad Spanberger got three legs of a home run cycle to knock Auburn out of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament Thursday.
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The game ended after the seventh inning under the 10-run mercy rule. Spanberger's three homers and seven RBI is an SEC Tournament record.
LSU owns a 12-3 postseason record against the Razorbacks, including a 5-3 mark in Hoover and a 9-3 record in SEC Tournament games. But I felt then just like I did now. And if he wasn't hitting a home run it seemed like he was hitting a double.
The gamble paid off. Luke Bonfield grounded to Kramer Robertson at SS, who flipped it to Smith at 3B for the final out, sealing the win and the Championship. I just think Spanberger is playing on another planet right now. It's the second complete game shutout for an Arkansas pitcher this season and he's the third starting pitcher to strike out five or more batters in this year's tournament. The hit by pitch from Florida's David Lee caused Arledge to do a slow motion roll into the dirt before he eased up and took a leisurely stroll to first base. "I just thought to myself if I'm ever going to do this, this is the time". "It's kind of hard to believe looking back that seven walks and we can't score a run or eventually get a hit".
The Razorbacks were tied with Air Force for No. 13 in the country with 75 home runs heading into Saturday's game.
Arkansas broke on top in the bottom of the third inning, and the Hogs did it in the way they've plated many of their runs in Hoover this week, via the long ball.