KEY STRETCH OF GAME An unorthodox coaching decision and a rare force play in the ninth inning allowed Newman to hold off the Razorbacks.
Greg Deichmann homered twice to help LSU beat SC 11-0 on Saturday in the SEC Baseball Tournament semifinals. The Tigers beat Arkansas 4-2 on Sunday to win the SEC championship, which is the sixth time they've done that under Mainieri.
The Razorbacks' 16-0 blasting of No. 4 Florida on Saturday was the only head-to-head meeting between the teams, and it improved Arkansas' record to 18-13 vs. teams in the top 50 of the RPI ratings prior to the SEC Tournament final.
The NCAA will announce the 16 regional host sites tonight at 7:30 p.m. CT.
"You throw a freshman out there on the biggest stage that we've played on all year, and it looked like it was just another game", LSU second baseman Cole Freeman said. "He's hit like three walkoffs (hits) this year already". Credit their hitters, they did a really nice job. "It was just one of those games that got away from us early". Newman intentionally walked Chad Spanberger - who had five homers in the tournament - to load the bases with two outs for Luke Bonfield, who hit a grounder to shortstop to end the game. In nearly a mirror of his first at-bat, he took the 1-0 pitch deep to right for a two-run home run to give Arkansas the 3-0 advantage. Nate Brown then took over on the mound for the Gators.More news: UK: Manchester attack investigation still at 'full tilt'
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Eric Walker pitched 7.2 innings of one-run baseball and Antoine Duplantis scored two runs to lift the Tigers to a 4-2 victory over fourth-seeded Arkansas in Sunday's conference championship game. Sophomore Jax Biggers turned in his third multi-hit game of the tournament after going 3-for-4 with three RBI. The right-hander loaded the bases with one out on two walks and a single, then allowed the Razorbacks to plate their fourth run on No. 9 hitter Jake Arledge's RBI single up the middle. Fletcher needed to see just two pitches from Bulldog starter Jacob Billingsley before unloading his 11th home run of the year to break the 1-1 tie.
"We'll bounce back", O'Sullivan said "We've got the regional at home and the supers at home. Going forward, it's going to sting for about a day or so, but we can take this experience and learn from it".
It marks the first time in program history - which dates back to 1933 - that Auburn has been no-hit in a game.
Notes: UF outfielder Ryan Larson, who was hit in the head by pitch in the first inning Friday, had a CT scan and doctors found a small fracture, according to the SEC Network.
O'Sullivan said Larson's replacement in center field, Nick Horvath, needed stitches in his lip after taking a ball off his face on one hop.