FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas and NC State are underway from Baum-Walker Stadium in the first game of Super Regional play.
Patrick Wicklander left a Wolfpack runner at third base in the top of the first inning.
NC State's Reid Johnston retires the Hogs in order. We head to the second with no score.
A groundhog storms the field, and Jose Torres leads off the second with a home run off Wicklander. NC State has a 1-0 lead. Robert Moore with a nifty play at second base to save two runs. We head to the bottom of the second with the Hogs trailing by a run.
Robert Moore with a two run home run off Johnston. Arkansas takes a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second. Jalen Battles doubles in Casey Opitz to make it 3-1, and that's how the second ended.
The fireworks really went off in the fourth, as a Cullen Smith hit a grand slam to go up 7-1, and the route was on. The most popular man in Arkansas, Charlie Welch, homered in the fifth for a 9-1 lead, and Casey Opitz made it 10-1 with a RBI single.
In the sixth, the Hogs keep pouring it on. Goodheart singled, then Wallace and Slavens went double-double for a 12-1 lead. Then came Charlie Welch, who, predictably, picked up a RBI, singling home Slavens, 13-1 Hogs. Moore and Smith walked to load the bases, then Opitz walked for a 14-1 lead. NC State brought in a new pitcher, who promptly walked in another run on four straight pitches. Astute observers and mathematicians will note that this brings the score to 15-1. Then, some improvement, as it took all of five pitches to walk Goodheart for a 16-1 lead, before a flyout mercifully ended the inning.