FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Kevin Kopps threw seven scoreless innings of relief, Charlie Welch hit a pinch-hit three-run home run in the eighth inning and Arkansas rallied to beat Nebraska 6-2 on Sunday night and win the Fayetteville Regional.
No. 1 overall seed Arkansas (49-11) advances to its third consecutive super regional.
Kopps (12-0) allowed three hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. He retired 12 consecutive batter before hitting Cam Chick with two out in the ninth inning and then got Brice Matthews to fly out three pitches later. Kopps threw 185 pitches in three appearances at the regional, allowing six hits with 15 strikeouts over 13 1/3 scoreless innings.
Christian Franklin drew a two-out walk before Robert Moore and Casey Opitz walked on eight consecutive balls to load the bases. Welch pinch hit for Cullen Smith and, after Franklin scored on a wild pitch, hit a 2-0 pitch — after two Nebraska pitchers combined to throw 11 consecutive balls — over the left-field wall to cap the scoring.
Opitz led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a shot to left field and Moore hit a two-out home run in the six to make it 2-2.
Luke Roskam hit a lead-off homer in the top of the second inning and Mojo Hagge, who walked to open the third, scored Jaxon Hallmark's groundout to give Nebraska (34-14) a 2-0 lead.
Nebraska played five games — three against the Razorbacks — in a four-day span. Arkansas beat the Cornhuskers 5-1 on Saturday to send them into the loser's bracket. Nebraska won two games Sunday, pounding NJIT 18-4 then avenging its loss to Arkansas with a 5-3 win to stave off elimination and snap the Razorbacks' 10-game win streak.
OLE MISS 12, SOUTHERN MISS 9
OXFORD, Miss. — Tim Elko hit his second grand slam of the Oxford Regional and Mississippi beat Southern Miss 12-9 on Monday to advance to the super regionals.
Ole Miss (44-20) led 9-0 after Elko's bases-clearing blast and he added a solo homer in the fourth to make it 10-2. He finished 3 for 3 despite playing with a torn ACL.
Southern Miss (40-21) rallied in the fifth with home runs by Blake Johnson, Reed Trimble and Reece Ewing to get within 10-7. Trimble also had a two-run homer in the third.
Calvin Harris answered in the bottom of the fifth with a two-run homer to give Ole Miss a five-run lead.
Ole Miss starter Jack Dougherty went a career-high four innings. Doug Nikhazy (11-2) struck out two in 1 1/3 innings and Taylor Broadway picked up his 16th save of the season.
The game had a 35-minute delay due to lightning.