FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Jonathan Moroney hit an eighth inning pinch hit grand slam to lift Texas A&M to a 5-3 win over No. 12 Arkansas on Friday night at Baum Stadium. The Razorbacks drop to 25-15 overall and 9-7 in Southeastern Conference play, while the Aggies are now 22-17 and 7-9 in league play.
Arkansas took a 3-1 lead to the top of the eighth inning, but Texas A&M put together a four-run inning to take a 5-3 lead. With the bases loaded and one out, Moroney sent a 2-0 pitch over the wall in left-center field for a grand slam to put the Aggies up two.
The Razorbacks were unable to mount a comeback as Texas A&M closer Jason Jester retired the final six Arkansas batters of the game as the Aggies held on for a 5-3 win.
Brian Anderson had a gem-high three hits and scored two runs to lead Arkansas at the plate. Matt Vinson had a hit, a RBI and a run scored, while Brett McAfee also had a hit.
Moroney had a grand slam and four RBI to lead the Aggies offensively. Blake Allemand, Cole Lankford and Troy Stein each added two hits. Allemand contributed a RBI.
Texas A&M reliever Zach Brashear (1-1) earned his first win of the season, retiring the only batter he faced in the bottom of the seventh. Jester earned his 10th save of the season with a pair of strikeouts in two perfect innings.
Arkansas reliever Jalen Beeks (4-1) took the loss after giving up three runs on two hits in a third of an inning.
Each starter pitched well, but received a no decision. Arkansas starter Barrett Astin tossed 5.1 shutout innings with three strikeouts, while Texas A&M starter Daniel Mengden allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits with six strikeouts in six innings.
Arkansas jumped out to a 2-0 lead with two runs in the home half of the second. With runners on second and third and one out, Jordan Farris hit a fly ball to deep right-center field. Anderson tagged from third and scored on the sacrifice fly, while Vinson advanced to third. A fielding error by the A&M second baseman, allowed Vinson to round third and score the second run on an E4.
The Razorbacks stretched the lead to 3-0 with a run in the bottom of the fourth on a one-out RBI double by Vinson down the left field line.
Texas A&M got on the scoreboard with a run in the top of the seventh as Allemand drove home Jace Statum on a sacrifice fly to right.
Arkansas and Texas A&M continue their three-game series on Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The second game of the series will be televised on ESPNU. The Razorbacks will start junior right hander Ryne Stanek (4-2, 1.64), while freshman left hander Matt Kent (2-1, 3.48) will start for the Aggies. General admission tickets are available for $8 and can be purchased on gameday at Baum Stadium, while supplies last.
Chad Crunk: Media Relations