WACO (June 11, 2012) -- Tyler Bremer turned in the best outing of his career, tossing 9.0 shutout innings, but it wasn’t enough as Arkansas knocked off Baylor 1-0 in 10 innings to win the NCAA Waco Super Regional on Monday night at Baylor Ballpark.
Baylor (49-17) finished the season one win shy of its fourth trip to the College World Series and one win shy of the school record set in 1999. Arkansas (44-20) got a two-out RBI single from Jake Wise to break a scoreless tie in the 10th, and Colby Suggs stranded a pair of runners in the bottom half of the inning to send the Razorbacks to Omaha.
“I’m really proud of the fact that we had a super regional round,” head coach Steve Smith said. “The players involved got to experience an incredible game in front of incredible fans and a great ballpark. It was an unbelievable ball game. I’m extremely proud of my guys and probably the most proud I’ve ever been of Baylor and our fans.”
Bremer allowed only three hits and struck out eight without issuing a walk in a career-high 9.0 shutout innings. He threw 66 of his 98 pitches for strikes and needed more than 11 pitches to get through only two of his nine innings, while facing just four batters over the minimum. Bremer became the first Baylor pitcher ever to toss 9.0 innings in a Super Regional game.
“I had the feeling that this was going to work out because he (Bremer) was so good,” Smith said. “I thought that we pushed him as far as he would go. I don’t really question the decision to take him out. When you’ve gone that much, you’ve done your part. We needed to pick it up for him.”
Dillon Newman (4-4) took the loss after allowing the game-winning hit in the 10th inning. Brian Anderson led off with a single down the left-field line, and a sacrifice bunt moved him to second. Newman got the second out with a strikeout, but Wise followed with a bouncing single through the left side that just got past a diving Steve DalPorto.
The Bears attempted to mount a two-out rally in the bottom half, with Josh Ludy drawing his fourth walk of the game and Max Muncy following with a single, but Suggs struck out Dan Evatt for the third out. Muncy finished 2-for-5, while Jake Miller, Nathan Orf and Logan Vick had the Bears’ only other hits. Ludy drew a career-high four walks in his final game at Baylor.
Suggs (7-0) was Arkansas’ fifth pitcher of the night and picked up the win with 2.0 shutout innings. Starter Randall Fant left after 4.0 shutout innings, and Nolan Sanburn, Brandon Moore and Trent Daniel combined with Suggs on 6.0 innings of scoreless relief.
The Bears had a chance to break the scoreless tie in the fourth when a single, walk and passed ball put runners on the corners with no outs. Muncy was retired on a foul popout, and Fant struck out the next two batters to escape the inning. Baylor loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth, but Muncy’s grounder deep in the hole at second base was fielded on a dive from Bo Bigham, who saved at least one run with the play.
Baylor put the leadoff man on in each of the next four innings, but double plays erased two of the runners, and the Bears were unable to capitalize after bunting the other two into scoring position.
Arkansas threatened in the first when Jacob Mahan lined a one-out double, but Bremer retired the next two batters to start a string 16 consecutive and 23 of 24 batters set down. Arkansas got an infield single with two outs in the sixth, but Bremer then retired seven in a row before an infield single in the ninth.
The Hogs had two on with one out in the ninth, but Bremer got a flyout from Matt Reynolds and struck out clean-up hitter Dominic Ficociello on a called third strike to punctuate his outing. Newman came on in relief to start the 10th inning after the Bears were unable to score in the ninth.