Arkansas pitchers combine for no-hitter against Auburn

Hope Soto
May 31, 2017

Arkansas first baseman Chad Spanberger took the field on Thursday night in Hoover, Alabama, looking to lead his team to a SEC Tournament victory, after a heartbreaking loss to Mississippi State earlier in the day.

The LSU Tigers are the 2017 SEC Tournament Champions! LSU (43-17) has won 12 consecutive games against SEC schools. In fact, Mainieri's never lost a championship game during his time in Baton Rouge.

Walker (7-1) struck out eight and allowed five hits and one walk for the Tigers before leaving with no one on in the eighth. He earned his 10th save. A single by Cole pulled the Hogs within two runs at 4-2 with two out in the bottom of the ninth. The blast gave the junior three home runs and seven RBIs in the game, both of which set new single-game SEC Tournament records. Bonfield hit a grounder to shortstop to end the game.

The Tigers' offense started rolling in the fourth inning with three hits and a walk, bringing three runs home. Walker bore down and struck out Koch and got Jared Gates to line out to center. Brown finished with two of the Bulldogs' five hits. Both LSU and Arkansas will play host to regionals this week.The paid attendance was a record 13,128. Antoine Duplantis singled to load the bases. The other runs were driven in by Beau Jordan and Nick Coomes, who did damage in the fourth inning on a walk and sac fly respectively.

Greg Deichmann's two-run homer just out of the reach of TJ Hopkins' glove near the wall in right-center gave LSU a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

It was more of the same in the second inning for Singer, who allowed back-to-back home runs to Eric Cole, a two-run shot, and Spanberger again, his fifth in the tourney, for an 8-0 Razorback lead.

Hunter Newman had a shaky ninth inning, allowing Eric Cole's two-out RBI single, before closing things out for his 10th save. But only after the pep talk from teammates. I kept them kind of off balance.

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Arkansas reliever Matt Cronin (3-0) was credited with the win after throwing three scoreless innings with six strikeouts and three walks.

"He's got the talent and the ability, but also something psychological, and they were all on display today", the LSU coach said. "It was a good week of baseball for us".

The Tigers are a virtual lock for a sixth consecutive national seed after winning a share of the SEC regular season championship and also the conference tournament championship.

The Seminoles' Jackson Lueck was voted tournament MVP. LSU's 4-2 vi.

The game ended after seven innings due to the mercy rule.

"I knew I couldn't just throw soft cookies in there because they would capitalize", Parrish said.

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