The Omaha Eight is down to seven.
The Miami Hurricanes eliminated the Arkansas Razorbacks from the 2015 College World Series Monday night with a 4–3 win at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. The Hurricanes advance to play the loser of Florida vs. Virginia in the loser’s bracket.
Jacob Heyward, brother of St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward, hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Hurricanes to victory and avoid elimination.
Thomas Woodrey was solid for the Hurricanes, striking out seven over six innings in which he allowed one unearned run. Bryan Garcia earned the win for Miami with 2/3 of an inning of scoreless relief. Zach Jackson, who allowed the single to Heyward, took the loss.
For Arkansas, it ends an amazing run to a season that had its ups and downs. The Razorbacks sat at .500, 15–15, on April 4, but stormed late to win 17 games in Southeastern Conference play. Outfielder Andrew Benintendi hit .380 with 19 home runs en route to multiple National Player of the Year Award accolades, including the prestigious Dick Howser Trophy. Benintendi was drafted 7th overall in the 2015 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox, one of eleven Hogs drafted.
Miami will advance to play the loser of tonight’s Florida versus Virginia contest. The Hurricanes lost, 15–3, to the rival Gators in their opening game of the World Series. The Cavaliers took two out of three from Miami in a three game series at Virginia’s Davenport Field from April 17–19.