Trey Killian was great. He started off so hot that when Joe McCarthy hit a solo home run in the 2nd inning it felt like a real shock. He went 7.1 innings, struck out 6, and really kept Virginia mostly in check throughout the day.
Benintendi was the Hogs' star today. He tied the game at one in the third inning on a sac fly, hit a solo home run in the 5th to tie the game at three, saved a run by making a diving catch in center, and stole a base to put him in scoring position with no outs in the 8th inning (although Arkansas couldn't do anything with it).
The loss is the third postseason loss to the Cavaliers in the past two seasons after UVA beat Arkansas twice in the regional last year.
The Hogs' best offensive inning was the third, where they plated a pair of runs. Joe Serrano walked to lead off the inning, and Bobby Wernes singled him over to third. Benintendi's sac fly sent Serrano home and advanced Wernes to second. Tyler Spoon then grounded out, but Clark Eagan doubled to left to send Wernes home.
Killian and Zach Jackson couldn't get out of innings quite well enough, as all of Virginia's runs came with two outs. A pair of them came in the fifth, where Killian put Virginia's Ernie Clement on with a one-out HBP. The second out came on a grounder to Eagan at first, but it advanced Clement. Daniel Pinero smacked a two-out double to left to send Clement home, and Matt Thaiss singled him home. Tucker Pennell nailed Thaiss at second trying to get greedy, but the damage was done and the game was tied up.
Aggressive base running from the Cavaliers made the difference in the game late. The run in the eighth counted for Killian, as he gave up a single to Pinero for the last batter he faced. Pinero stole both second and third, and Jackson allowed a double to to Kenny Towns that put that run on the board. Jackson started the ninth by allowing a single, and pinch runner Thomas Woodruff came in and promptly stole second. Two batters later a ground out advanced him to third, and a single from Clement sent him home.
Arkansas will try to regroup on Monday against Miami (FL), which lost to Florida in the day's other game.