OMAHA, Nebraska – The first team eliminated from the College World Series was always the most likely. But they provided a heck of a ride.

OMAHA, Nebraska – The first team eliminated from the College World Series was always the most likely. But they provided a heck of a ride.


The team with the fewest MLB draft picks, fewest all-conference selections, lowest preseason expectations of any of the eight teams in Omaha just had too much else to overcome.


Jacob Heyward chief among the other issues.


Miami’s left fielder scored a go-ahead run in the seventh, then, after Arkansas tied it in the eighth, knocked in the winner in the ninth to eliminate the Razorbacks, 4-3, on a walk-off.


Willie Abreu started the bottom of the ninth with a double off the base of the centerfield wall. Carl Chester entered to run for him and on the fourth pitch of his at-bat against Zach Jackson, Heyward sent a looper to the outfield. Chester scored easily.


It was only the second time in two months the Razorbacks suffered back-to-back losses.


"I just appreciate the effort this team put out this year. We’ve come a long way. I’m so proud of them," coach Dave Van Horn said. "You kind of saw a little bit of what we’ve been doing the last 45 days in today’s game. Just grinding, trying to stay in games, trying to win a game. We’ve played a lot of close games. These guys are pretty tough mentally."


Mentally tough. Physically depleted. There were several opportunities to avoid that. None delivered.


The Razorbacks hit .214 with runners in scoring position in 14 tries. They hit .174 with runners on-base at all on 23 at-bats. They committed four errors. And they couldn’t score with the bases loaded in their half of the ninth.


Carson Shaddy singled to start the Arkansas half of the inning and after he was sacrificed to second, Andrew Benintendi walked. Bobby Wernes followed, but with a pop out and Tyler Spoon reached on a booted ground ball to first base.


Rick Nomura fouled off three pitches from Miami closer Bryan Garcia before rolling one over to second base and ending the frame.


Six pitches later Arkansas’ season had come to an end.


Maybe it was exhaustion. Arkansas trailed 2-0 then tied it at 2. They trailed 3-2 and it at 3. Their typically untouchable bullpen ace, Jackson, was touched for two hits and walk over 1 2/3 innings. He was working his fourth game in the last five after the Razorbacks had lost options Dominic Taccolini (undisclosed illness) and James Teague (elbow). Even the starter, Keaton McKinney – who was sharp for the first time in a month – had to leave early, his fastball dipping into the low 80s in the fifth inning.


Fatigue led to miscues. Miscues led to a loss.


Arkansas committed four errors. The last two gave Miami its 3-2 lead in the seventh. With one out in the inning and a runner on second base in a tie game, Christopher Barr sent standard grounder to Arkansas shortstop Michael Bernal. The runner, Heyward, took off when the ball came off the bat. Bernal tried to preserve the tie and errantly threw toward third base to try to get him. But the ball went beyond Wernes and bounced off the fencing near the Miami dugout. Heyward arose from his slide and scrambled home to beat the throw from Wernes to Carson Shaddy at the plate. Shaddy had dropped the toss, anyway, allowing Barr to reach third.


It was the only unearned run as Arkansas pitchers limited Miami, which entered top 10 in the country in batting average, to just seven hits. The Razorbacks countered with nine. It was just the second Arkansas lost at all this season when outhitting its opponent (33-2).


Heyward ruined McKinney’s perfect game from the nine-spot when he drew a two-out walk in the third. He spoiled the shutout with a home run off Lowery in the fifth. He singled Lance Phillips in the seventh and scored. Then he hit the game-winner off Jackson.


No one else on the Hurricanes roster had more than one hit. No one else had even another RBI at all. Heyward won Miami the game – if Arkansas didn’t lose it.


The Razorbacks fell to 0-5 against Miami all-time and went winless at the College World Series for the first time since 2004, Van Horn’s first trip leading Arkansas.


Senior Joe Serrano went 0 for 4 with a sacrifice in his final game. Benintendi, who was the No. 7 pick in the draft last week, was 0 for 3 with two walks. Spoon, a junior drafted, was 1 for 5 with two runs.


"You’ll never see me, hopefully, shed a tear when we finish our season in Omaha," Van Horn "I’m so proud of these guys."