Extra innings appear to be the new "thing" at the SEC baseball tournament this season, but Arkansas decided that ten was enough. Or, really, Matt Denny of Ole Miss, who had the unfortunate luck of throwing a wild pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the tenth that allowed Arkansas to score the winning run in a 2-1 game. Brian Anderson, who had doubled with one out to start the Razorbacks' mini-rally, easily scored on the play.
That was the end of what had been a relatively good performance in pitching by the two teams, or a disaster of clutch hitting by both of them, depending on which way you want to look at it. There was not the massive surplus of stranded runners that we saw in the 17-inning marathon Tuesday night between Mississippi State and Missouri, but Arkansas had already left nine men on base by the time it finally scored the winning run.
After two extra-inning games with just three runs, we're already starting to hear some carping now about the modified aluminum bats that have begun to deflate the absurd run totals that teams used to put up in college baseball, but there are no indications that this is more than statistical noise. The entire SEC tournament last year only had four games in its entirety with three or fewer runs scored, and the same bats were being used back then.
In any case, Ole Miss drops down to the losers' bracket, where it will face either LSU or Alabama in an elimination game tomorrow morning. Arkansas will face off with the winner of the LSU-Bama game later Thursday.