Could Arkansas defeat the talented Stanford team in Omaha?

OMAHA, Neb. –Arkansas ace Connor Noland threw a gem to keep the Stanford roster at bay and advance the Hogs into the winning bracket on Monday with a 17-2 win at Charles Schwab Field.

Noland allowed just two runs in the game and went 7 2/3 innings to save arms from the bullpen.

The Hogs had five runs in the fifth — three on a Chris Lanzilli home run on his birthday — three runs in the seventh, two runs in the eighth and six runs in the ninth. All nine Arkansas starters had at least two hits in the game.

Here’s a rundown of how the rest of things went:

Top 1st: Arkansas 1, Stanford 0

Braydon Webb smashed the first pitch to right center field for a triple. Brady Slavens hit a sack fly to left field to bring Webb home.

After a steal from Cayden Wallace, Michael Turner hit a two-out single to left field. Chris Lanzilli was hit with a hand pitch to give the Hogs two runners. Robert Moore drew a walk to charge the bases for Jalen Battles, who watched the strike three to finish the frame.

Last 1st: Arkansas 1, Stanford 1

Brock Jones led the inning with a solo homer into the bullpen in left field. After a Carter Graham lift, Brett Barrera singled to shortstop. Braden Montgomery slipped a single down the middle to give the Cardinal a pair of base runners.

The runners were obliterated when Kody Huff threw a 6-4-3 double play.

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