STILLWATER, Okla. — Scoring a run in the top of the ninth inning, Arkansas edged past St. John’s, 4-3, at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium to win the Stillwater Regional on Sunday night.
The Razorbacks (38-22) now will take on No. 8 national seed Missouri State (48-10), the winner of the Springfield Regional, this weekend. The record-setting Bears edged Iowa, 3-2, in the regional final before 5,656 fans at Hammons Field on Sunday night.
Boxscore: Arkansas vs. St. John’s
The NCAA will announce Super Regional locations, dates, times and television information on Monday night. Arkansas is expected to be named a host site and host Missouri State at Baum Stadium.
With the game tied in the ninth inning, the Razorbacks manufactured a run to take the lead and the regional title. Brett McAfee got the rally started with his third hit of the night and Michael Bernal followed with a single. With the bases loaded and one down, Joe Serrano hit a chopper to the left side that scored McAfee to make it a 4-3 game.
Zach Jackson came out of the bullpen in the bottom of the ninth and struck out the side to earn his second save of the weekend and send Arkansas to Super Regionals.
Jackson Lowery, starting just the third game of his career, retired the first 11 hitters and tied his career high with five-plus innings pitched. The right-hander allowed just one hit, one run and struck out three in the no-decision.
McAfee and Bernal also began the Razorback rally in the fifth when the duo led off the frame with singles. Tucker Pennell and Joe Serrano both drove in runs to give Arkansas an early 2-0 lead.
The NCAA Regional title is Arkansas’ fourth in the past seven years and its sixth Super Regional appearance since the format began in 1999. The Razorbacks last won an NCAA Regional in 2012 when Arkansas went on to win the Waco Super Regional and advance to the College World Series.
The NCAA will not award hosting sites or announce dates for the Super Regionals until late Monday night (approximately 10 p.m. Central). Arkansas has put in a bid to host Super Regionals at Baum Stadium and is hopeful to be selected.
If the Razorbacks are awarded a Super Regional, the Razorback Ticket Center will be prepared to make all-session tickets available to the public on Tuesday morning.
All-session passes, which include tickets to all games of the best-of-three Super Regional will be $35 and will be available for purchase on ArkansasRazorbacks.com and at the Razorback Ticket Center at Baum Stadium.
Single-game tickets will be $15, but will not be sold until game day and only if seats remain. Due to NCAA ticket polices, no complimentary tickets for University of Arkansas students will be provided.
– The Razorbacks are in the midst of their 28th NCAA Tournament in program history, including the 14th consecutive.
– Arkansas improves to 69-58 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and 51-39 in NCAA Regional action.
– The Razorbacks advance to their fourth Super Regional in the last seven years.
– Arkansas has won two Super Regionals in the last seven years, advancing to the College World Series in 2009 and 2012.
– The Razorbacks have won 13 of their past 17 games away from home.
– Michael Bernal extended his career-long hitting streak to 13 games.