MANHATTAN, Kan. — Arkansas leaned on another strong outing from starting pitcher Ryne Stanek to beat Wichita State 3-1 in the Manhattan (Kan.) Regional.
The Razorbacks avoided elimination behind the junior, who allowed one run on two hits in 7 1/3 innings. It was the 13th time in 16 starts Stanek has allowed one or fewer earned runs this season, keeping Arkansas alive in the NCAA Tournament.
Arkansas will play another elimination game against either Bryant or Kansas State, who meet in the winner’s bracket tonight. The losing team will face the Razorbacks on Sunday at 2 p.m. The winner of that game will play again at 7 p.m.
Arkansas was a little better at the plate after managing just one run on three hits in the 4-1 loss to Bryant on Friday night. The Razorbacks finished with 11 hits off three Wichita State pitchers and never trailed thanks to a key single in the first inning.
Outfielder Tyler Spoon — batting in the cleanup spot for the first time this season — had a two-run base hit off starter A.J. Ladwig to push the Razorbacks into the lead.
Arkansas never lost it even though Stanek had to battle through some control issues. He struck out three and walked a season-high six batters, but the only run surrendered came on a solo home run by Casey Gillaspie in the fourth inning.
Stanek walked his final batter with one out in the eighth before Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn went to the bullpen. Relievers Michael Gunn and Colby Suggs kept the Shockers scoreless to help the Razorbacks wrap up the win.