FAYETTEVILLE Randall Fant pitched six strong innings and Arkansas overcame several squandered opportunities at the plate Sunday to beat Texas A&M 2-1 in the rubber game of their series at Baum Stadium.
Fant struck out a career-high eight batters and worked around three walks while improving to 3-1. The Aggies' only dent in the scoreboard came on a Troy Stein solo home run to leadoff the second inning - one of two hits allowed by the Razorbacks left-hander.
Stein's home run tied the game after Brian Anderson gave Arkansas a 1-0 lead with a RBI single in the first inning. Anderson's sacrifice fly in the third regained the lead for the Razorbacks.
Stein singled to leadoff the seventh inning and chase Fant. Pinch-hitter Mickey Reynolds added another hit off Razorbacks reliever Landon Simpson later in the inning to put runners on first and second with one out, but Arkansas shortstop Brett McAfee and second baseman Jordan Farris teamed up for a double play on a grounder by Jonathan Moroney to end the inning.
Simpson pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief, replaced by Trent Daniel in the eighth after issuing a two-out walk. Daniel got Cole Lankford to flyout to center field to end the inning and closer Colby Suggs recorded all three batters he faced in the ninth, striking out the final two.
The Razorbacks' pitchers allowed only three hits to the Aggies in the finale.
Arkansas (27-15, 11-7 SEC) stranded nine runners Sunday, including two in the seventh after leadoff singles from McAfee and Joe Serrano, and one in the eighth after a Dominic Ficociello leadoff double. The Razorbacks had 11 hits after recording a season-high 15 in a blowout win Saturday.
Right-hander Rafael Pineda took the loss for the Aggies (22-19, 7-11). Pineda allowed two runs on eight hits in four innings.
Arkansas will next host No. 10 Oklahoma on Tuesday.