Hoover, Ala – Don’t call it his comeback.
Conor Noland knocked out the Bulls to shoot three rounds without injury and lifted No. 1 Arkansas to a 3–2 win over the No. 12 Ole Miss in the semifinals of the SEC Championship at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, AL.
The right-handed man hit four in three perfect frames Saturday night, helping to punch the Razorbacks ticket to the championship match. Top seed Arkansas, now 45-10 overall, will play fourth-seeded Tennessee for the title at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 30, on ESPN2.
The Razorbacks, the visitors in the semi-final match against the Rebels, jumped to the top spot twice at the top of the first. Colin Smith continued his tears through the SEC, blasting Homer from two rounds into the first pitch he saw.
Apprentice Caleb Bolden, who bet with an early advantage, threw four knockout rounds, hitting three along the way. He gave way to pit bulls in the bottom fifth, taking advantage of Ole Miss.
The rebels loaded up the bases before scoring twice in double to the right-center gap. Ole Miss then loads the bases a second time into the bottom of fifth base, and Heston Tole is called out to put out the flames midway through.
The new student hit his first encounter before pushing out a final finish to escape crowding.
With the match tied at two places in the sixth top, Charlie Welch tied up front and came in to score the green light in Galen Battles’ double-sided double below the streak in the left. Arkansas will never give up the lead again.
Tolle worked in a sound sixth before diverting the ball to Nuland on the seventh. Veteran shooter faced the minimum, lone Ole Miss attack for the rest of the way to clinch Arkansas 3–2 win and save his first career.
The Hogs will now make their SEC Tournament game debut since 2017 and their fifth-ever appearance since they joined convention. Arkansas has an all-time 0-4 record in the championship.
With the win in Tomorrow’s Match, Arkansas is only the third team since the convention expanded in 2012 to win the regular-season SEC Championship and the Championship in the same season. LSU did just that in 2017, and Vanderbilt won both in 2019.
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