Razorbacks eliminate Princeton from tournament

Updated: June 3, 2006, 6:39 PM ET
Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- James Ewing hit a three-RBI double in the eighth inning Saturday to lead Arkansas to a 6-2 win over Princeton in Saturday's elimination game of the NCAA Fayetteville Regional.

Ewing's double ended a no-hit performance by Princeton's Christian Staehely and ignited a five-run inning to give Arkansas a lead it wouldn't relinquish.

Arkansas (39-20) will now play on Sunday against the loser of a Saturday evening winner's-bracket game between Oklahoma State and Oral Roberts, while Princeton (19-26-1) goes home.

Staehely (5-2), who only struck out three batters, induced 10 pop flys to keep Arkansas off balance offensively. After Ewing's hit scored three runs in the eighth, Brian Walker sent home another run with a double and Chris Hollensworth hit an RBI single to give the Razorbacks a 5-2 lead.

Arkansas scored its last run in the ninth inning when Ewing reached base on a double to right field and then scored on an infield error from Princeton shortstop Dan DeGeorge.

Princeton's only two runs of the game came on a home run by Spencer Lucian in the seventh inning. The Tigers left seven baserunners stranded.

Reliever Brian McLelland (4-1) got the win after taking over in the seventh inning and giving up no hits in two innings of work.


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