Instead of immediately disappointing, the Arkansas baseball team instead waited until the end to fall apart.

Instead of immediately disappointing, the Arkansas baseball team instead waited until the end to fall apart.


The Razorbacks lost their ninth straight game Sunday, falling to Alabama, 7-4, in the Crimson Tide’s series sweep at Baum Stadium and leaving high the likelihood of a entire postseason without Arkansas baseball.


Tied with Tennessee for last in the Southeastern Conference, Arkansas does not control its own destiny as it relates to the SEC Tournament later this month in Hoover, Alabama. The Razorbacks and Volunteers are a game behind Missouri and Auburn in a standings race that leaves the bottom two-finishing teams in the league home from the conference’s postseason. No trip to Hoover and no trip to the NCAA Tournament.


Things would have been somewhat easier next weekend had Arkansas managed even one against visiting Alabama on the weekend. The final chance was blown, literally, Sunday.


Ahead by a run, 4-3, in the ninth, James Teague was an out away from saving the Razorbacks to a final salvaged win in the series. But with two runners on base, Teague walked Cobie Vance. Georgie Salem, with the bases loaded, knocked a single to centerfield on the following at-bat and Alabama took the lead. For good measure, Will Haynie hit himself another two-run single two batters later, scoring Vance and Salem and providing Alabama all the necessary runs it would need.


Arkansas whimpered in the bottom of the ninth, getting two runners aboard simply by Alabama mistakes (a hit-by-pitch and an error) and ultimately failing to score a run.


Finale weekend against Mississippi State, a team currently ranked No. 3 in the nation, in Starkville, leaves Arkansas needing a miracle.


The Razorbacks own the tiebreaker over Auburn, but not over Missouri. That means Arkansas would have to get one more win than Auburn next weekend to leapfrog their Western Division counterparts and two more than Missouri to jump those Tigers. Mississippi State has lost an SEC series at Dudy Noble Field just once this year - a sweep at the hands of No. 2 Texas A&M last month.


Arkansas had just taken the lead against Alabama in the eighth when Rick Nomura hit a two-out, two-run home run to left field. That had come after Alabama had broken a 2-2 tie in the top of the inning when Vance scored on a wild pitch from Zach Jackson.


Arkansas pitchers Blaine Knight, Jackson, Teague and Jordan Rodriguez combined to allow 10 hits, walk eight batters, throw three wild pitches and commit one balk on Sunday. Arkansas hitters managed just four hits off Alabama pitchers, who walked another five Razorbacks.


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