WACO, Texas — Jake Wise drove in a run with a two-out single in the top of the 10th inning and Arkansas advanced to the College World Series with a 1-0 victory against Baylor in the deciding game of their super regional on Monday night.
Wise, a sophomore catcher who had entered the game as a defensive replacement, grounded a ball into left field out of the reach of diving shortstop Steve DalPorto.
It will be the seventh CWS appearance for the Razorbacks (44-20), who play Kent State on Saturday. Arkansas clinched the final available spot in Omaha, where it will join fellow SEC teams Florida and South Carolina.
Colby Suggs (7-0), the fifth Arkansas pitcher in the combined five-hitter, struck out two and walked two while allowing one hit over the last two innings. The hard-throwing sophomore has gotten all of his victories pitching in relief.
Dillon Newman (4-4) pitched the 10th for the Bears after senior starter Tyler Bremer struck out eight and allowed three hits in nine scoreless innings, the longest outing of his career.
Brian Anderson of the Razorbacks led off the 10th with a single to left, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Bo Bigham. Matt Vinson struck out before Wise’s hit drove home Anderson.
Baylor (49-17) had two outs in the 10th before Big 12 Player of the Year Josh Ludy, who had 16 home runs, walked for the fourth consecutive time. Cleanup hitter Max Muncy, who grounded into a double play in the eighth, followed with a single to left before Dan Evatt struck out to end the game.
It was the third time this season Baylor was shut out.
After scoring three runs in the fifth inning of Game 2 to take a 4-3 lead, Baylor didn’t score again over the final 14 innings in the series. The Razorbacks forced the deciding game with a 5-4 victory Sunday after consecutive batters were hit by pitches with the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Baylor had the leadoff batter on base six times Monday night, including the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth innings.
Bremer didn’t throw more than 10 pitches in an inning until the sixth, when he threw 12.
After allowing a one-out double in the first, Bremer retired 16 consecutive batters until Tim Carter’s two-out single in the sixth. Newman had thrown five scoreless innings in relief to beat Dallas Baptist a week earlier to clinch the Waco Regional to get into the super regional.
Razorbacks starter Randall Fant struck out five and allowed two hits over four innings. Trent Daniel, the fourth pitcher, threw 1.1 hitless innings before giving way to Suggs.
Baylor had the bases loaded in the fourth against Fant before Lawton Langford struck out. The Bears had the bases loaded again in the fifth against reliever Nolan Sanburn after three walks before Muncy grounded out.