The second-seeded Arkansas Razorbacks (36-22) opened the Stillwater Regional with an 8-6 come-from-behind victory over three-seed Oral Roberts (41-15).
No. 2 Arkansas advances to the winner’s bracket and will play on Saturday at 6 p.m. against the winner of the Oklahoma State/St. John’s game. Television will be determined after matchups are set later tonight.
Trailing 3-2 in the sixth, Arkansas busted through with a four-run inning to take a lead they would not relinquish.
Joe Serrano and Bobby Wernes opened the sixth with back-to-back singles to set the stage for National Player of the Year Andrew Benintendi, who showed once again why he is the best player in the country. The sophomore smoked a two-run double, giving the Razorbacks their first lead of the game.
Tyler Spoon and Rick Nomura also drove in runs in the sixth. Clark Eagan hit a two-run triple in the eighth to extend the Razorback lead.
Jackson Lowery and Zach Jackson were impressive in relief, combining for three scoreless innings. Lowery retired the first six hitters he faced and picked up his seventh win of the season.
Arkansas has now won five of its past seven NCAA Regional openers. The Stillwater Regional marks the 14th consecutive season the Razorbacks have played in the NCAA Tournament.