Yadier Molina hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly off former batterymate Sandy Alcantara to cap a three-run rally in the sixth inning that sent the St. Louis Cardinals over the Miami Marlins 4-2 on Tuesday night.
Celdon Manning was a workhorse for unranked Missouri State (4-4, 4-1 Missouri Valley Football Conference), catching six passes for 117 yards and a TD as well as rushing 12 times for 65 yards and three more scores.
The Missouri State Lady Bears are in their second consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 and play No. 1 overall seed Stanford on Sunday. They haven’t been past the Sweet 16 since that Final Four team led by Stiles two decades ago.
Arkansas (24-6) will face No. 15 seed Oral Roberts (18-10) in the South Region semifinals on Saturday with a chance to reach the Elite Eight for the first time since the 1995 team played for a national championship.
Take it from someone who experienced up close the magic and mania of being the lowest-seeded team to reach the Sweet 16: Spending this week in the relative isolation of the single-site tournament in Indianapolis will only help Oral Roberts as it prepares to play Arkansas.
Chelsea Dungee scored 27 points for Arkansas (19-9) and gave the Razorbacks the lead at 59-58. But she left in tears as the Raiders closed out the victory and celebrated wildly on their bench at the buzzer.
The 14th-seeded Raiders (14-2) had upset pickers out of their seats early in the South Region opener with a slew of 3-pointers and a 16-2 run to go up 14. The No. 3 Razorbacks (23-6) restored some bracket order with a 19-0 run spanning halftime and scored 10 straight points late to pull away.
But after spending last season doing studio work for CBS, Kyle Long decided to make a comeback this offseason. He had visited with the AFC West-rival Raiders before agreeing to a contract with the Chiefs.