Arkansas tosses no-hitter on Auburn in SEC baseball tournament

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In his first three at-bats, Spanberger hit a solo home run in the first, a two-run shot in the third and a grand slam in the fourth inning to lead Arkansas to a 12-0 victory in seven innings at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. Bush was relieved by Zack Hess, who struck out Carson Shaddy to end the eighth.Newman walked one and hit one before allowing Cole's two-out RBI single in the ninth.The SEC tournament championship is No. 12 for LSU - six with Skip Bertman as coach and six with Mainieri as coach. Over the course of the five games Arkansas played, Cole was one of the Hogs' most consistent hitters, going 9-for-22 (.409) with six run scored, five RBIs and two home runs.

It's the second tournament semifinals appearance for the Razorbacks in the last four years and first since 2014.

Spanberger was joined by Arkansas teammates Kacey Murphy and Luke Bonfield on the all-tournament team. Spanberger drove in seven of the 11 Arkansas runs. In a seven-inning complete game, he allowed only two hits and three walks while striking out eight.

LSU will likely start freshman RHP Eric Walker (6-1, 4.04 ERA), the Tigers' normal Sunday starter.

The Tigers scored three runs in the fourth after loading the bases with no outs.

Arkansas sophomore shortstop Jax Biggers hit two triples in the game to tie another SEC record in the game. The other runs were driven in by Beau Jordan and Nick Coomes, who did damage in the fourth inning on a walk and sac fly respectively. For Cole, he now has four on the year and has been hitting over.400 for the tournament.

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Arkansas will now wait to see where it lands in the NCAA Tournament field, which will be decided on Monday afternoon at 11 a.m. on ESPN2.

The NCAA will announce the 16 regional host sites tonight at 7:30 p.m. CT.

"I thought it ended up being a good game at the end", said Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn. "It was one that we felt like we let a couple of opportunities slip away. Three different pitches. Hopefully that's a learning experience for us in our preparation".

"It's the first time I've done it in 35 years", he said. We walked a runner in on a ball that we thought was strike three on a checked swing, and we didn't get the call but that's the way the game works a little bit.

"These kids will now have experienced what it's like to get the job done when all the marbles are out there and I think this will bode well for us going forward". Cole's hit put runners at first and second.

Said Spanberger: "That was a pretty bold strategy, I would say. It's kind of hard to believe looking back that seven walks and we can't score a run or eventually get a hit".

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