Arkansas defeats Ole Miss 5-3 in SEC Tournament

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Arkansas’s Dominic Fletcher (24) scores on a two run RBI single from Jack Kenley during the sixth inning of the Southeastern Conference tournament NCAA college baseball game against Mississippi, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Hoover, Ala. Arkansas went on to beat TCU in the NCAA Tournament over the weekend, clinching a trip to the super regional (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

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HOOVER, Ala. — Jack Kenley knocked home three runs Wednesday as No. 2 seed Arkansas defeated No. 7 seed Mississippi 5-3 in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Arkansas (41-15) remains in the winners’ bracket and faces No. 3 seed Georgia, which beat Texas A&M 2-0 earlier Wednesday. Ole Miss (34-24) has an elimination game Thursday with Texas A&M.

Ole Miss led 3-2 until Arkansas pulled ahead for good on Kenley’s two-run single off Zack Phillips (4-3) with two outs in the sixth inning.

Ole Miss put the tying run on third and the potential go-ahead run on first in the eighth inning, but Matt Cronin struck out pinch-hitter Chase Cockrell to end the threat. Arkansas added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth.

Arkansas’ Kevin Kopps (6-3) allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings of relief. Cronin got the last four outs — all by strikeout — to earn his 11th save of the season.

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