OMAHA – Once Arkansas' offense got rolling against Texas in the sixth inning, nothing could stop the Razorbacks. Not even the weather.
Five consecutive batters had reached base when the teams were pulled from the field for a weather delay. When play resumed 2 hours, 49 minutes later, five more in a row got on base.
What turned into an eight-run sixth carried the Razorbacks to an 11-5 victory Sunday in their College World Series opener.
"We all know what we're trying to do at the plate," Arkansas' Luke Bonfield said. "Once Casey Martin had that leadoff hit after the rain delay, everything snowballed, and we got a ton more momentum."
The Razorbacks (45-19) scored double-digit runs for the fourth time in six NCAA tournament wins and had their highest total in 28 CWS games. The Longhorns (42-22), in the CWS for a record 36th time, lost their third consecutive Omaha opener since 2011.
Bonfield delivered the first home run of the CWS with his two-run shot to left for a 3-2 lead in the fifth. That started a parade of Texas pitchers who either struggled to find the strike zone or got dinged for single after single.
Texas Tech 6, Florida 3: Gabe Holt drove in three runs, Ryan Shetter struck out seven over 4⅓ innings of relief and the Red Raiders (45-18) sent the defending national champion Gators (47-20) into the losers' bracket.
Grant Little had three hits for Texas Tech, which plays Arkansas on Tuesday. The Red Raiders were helped by some sloppy Florida defense, scoring an unearned run in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth.
Nelson Maldonado hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning for Florida, but the Gators were held to five hits.