Published: Wed, May 31, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Arkansas pitchers combine for no-hitter against Auburn

Arkansas pitchers combine for no-hitter against Auburn

The no-hitter is the first in the 41 year history of the SEC Tournament.

The slugger from IL hit two more home runs and the Razorbacks cruised to a 16-0 mercy-rule victory over the Gators in the SEC Tournament semifinals.

The LSU Tigers are the 2017 SEC Tournament Champions! That secured the Tigers' record 12th SEC tournament championship and gave LSU (44-17) the league's automatic seed in the NCAA tournament, for which regional pairings will be announced today.

Even if getting no-hit and run-ruled was not the end of an SEC Tournament run the Tigers envisioned.

The Razorbacks made things interesting in the ninth against LSU closer Hunter Newman. Smith was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

The Razorbacks (42-17), whose ninth inning rally ended on a force out with the bases loaded, fell to 0-4 in SEC Tournament championship games and 3-13 against LSU in the postseason.

Coomes, who only got two actual at-bats on the afternoon as he was pitched around, also drove in a run in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly.

Mainieri made the decision to put the tying run on second base because Spanberger "is in scoring position standing at home plate".

Spanberger was named tournament MVP.

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"It was a pretty bold strategy, I'd say, because Luke is just as good a hitter as I am", he said. "It's the first time Brady (Singer) has been hit like that the whole year". Arkansas starter Kevin Kopps (3-1) was charged with the loss, as he surrendered three runs - one earned - on three hits in three innings with no walks and one strikeout.

The Tigers scored three runs in the fourth after loading the bases with nobody out. The umpiring crew reviewed the play at the plate and upheld home plate umpire Tony Walsh's safe call, which gave the Tigers a 4-1 lead. Cole Freeman then reached on an error and Antoine Duplantis singled to lead the bases.

Freshman Eric Walker allowed one run in 7-2/3 innings and LSU held on to beat Arkansas 4-2 on Sunday in the Southeastern Conference tournament championship game.

ON THE RAZORBACKS: If any team has played better here than LSU, it's Arkansas.

The Razorbacks, meanwhile, will move on to play the victor of today's Florida-Mississippi state game. "I kept them kind of off balance, but that's a very good lineup". "That was what caused the problem. He pulled the second baseman off the bag and he slid right into him". "As a matter of fact, I don't think the second baseman was on the bag".

"There was no cheap shot there, no intent". The Razorbacks' seeding would have just been helped had they been able to get over the hump Sunday.

Duplantis doubled, singled and scored twice for LSU.

Eric Walker had himself a day on the mound, allowing just 1 run on an Eric Cole solo homer in the 3rd, going 7.2 IP and striking out 8.

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