Game 5 Summary: Arkansas v. Miami

The first elimination game of the 2015 Men’s College World Series pitted Arkansas against Miami and promised to be a good game: Andrew Benintendi of Arkansas is the seventh overall pick in this year’s Major League Baseball draft, leading the nation in home runs with 20. Meanwhile, Miami’s David Thompson leads the country in RBIs with 89. Ultimately, however, Miami was the one walking away victorious.

Jacob Heyward had three RBI, including a walkoff single, to lead No. 5 Miami over Arkansas, 4-3, at TD Ameritrade Park.

With a tie game in the bottom of the ninth, Heyward drove a single into left center to score pinch runner Carl Chester from second and secure a Hurricane victory.

Heyward proved instrumental in all four of Miami’s runs. He broke the scoreless tie in the fifth inning with a two-run home run to left center. It was the first CWS home run between the 375-foot markers in the outfield at TD Ameritrade and the fifth of the 2015 Series.

Arkansas scored its first run in the sixth. Tyler Spoon reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and advanced to third on the catcher’s throwing error. Nomura’s infield single was enough to get Spoon home and cut the Canes’ lead in half. Miami loaded the bases in its half of the sixth.

The first two baserunners advanced to second and third on a pair of throwing errors on a pickoff attempt, and Garrett Kennedy walked to load the bases. But Brandon Lopez struck out to end the threat with no damage.

Arkansas tied the game at 2-2 with a two-out single in the seventh. Clark Eagan singled to lead off the inning, and Bobby Wernes drove him in four batters later.

After Miami went up 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh, Arkansas answered with another run in the eighth off three consecutive singles by Spoon, Nomura and Brett McAfee.

In the seventh, Heyward singled and stole second. Ricky Eusebio hit a grounder to the shortstop, who overthrew third base and allowed Heyward to score.

It was a tight game that saw momentum shift back and forth several times. Until Heyward’s homer, neither team had had more than one baserunner in an inning.

Arkansas chipped away at Miami to tie the game at 3-3 in the eighth. The Razorbacks had a chance to take the lead in the top of the ninth when they loaded the bases on a single, an intentional walk and an error on the first baseman. But with two outs, Rick Nomura, who had three hits on the day, struck out to end the Hogs’ chances.

Closer Bryan Garcia (6-2) picked up the win for Miami in two-thirds an inning of work. Heyward finished 3-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and three RBI.

Tyler Spoon reached base for Arkansas three times on a hit, a fielder’s choice and an error, and came around to score twice.

Zach Jackson (5-1) took the loss. Arkansas is officially out of the CWS and ends its season at 40-25.

Miami (50-16) advances to face Florida in an elimination game on Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN.