Spanberger's three home run day was only one in a number of school and tournament records that were either tied or broken in the game.
Spanberger cleared that second wall twice, and almost did it a third time.
A regular-season resume that includes seven SEC series victories and an RPI ranking firmly in the nation's top 50 should be enough to get Thompson's team into an NCAA Tournament Regional when the selections are announced Monday night.
As a Southwest Conference team, the Razorbacks threw two no-hitters in conference play against Texas A&M: Tim Deitz's 3-0 victory on April 2, 1983, and Steve Parker's 10-0 seven-inning victory March 29, 1986. But for Spanberger, it certainly must have felt like he was living in a Nintendo game on Thursday. Spanberger drove in seven of the 11 Arkansas runs. Because Arkansas was up by 10 or more runs by the end of the seventh frame, the SEC Tournament mercy-rule went into effect. In nearly a mirror of his first at-bat, he took the 1-0 pitch deep to right for a two-run home run to give Arkansas the 3-0 advantage. Chad Spanberger hit two doubles and walked twice.
The Bulldogs allowed 11 runs in the eighth inning and lost 12-3 to No. 4 Florida on Friday at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Ala.
In the ninth inning, the Arkansas' bullpen of Cannon Chadwick, Josh Alberius, Evan Lee, and Kacey Murphy were unable to keep Mississippi State down as the Bulldogs worked around two runs on three hits to take the lead for the first time and then hold it in the bottom half for the win.
But coach Dave Van Horn replaced the senior with freshman Matt Cronin, and in his first SEC Tournament appearance, the left-hander struck out Jonah Todd, Daniel Robert and Dylan Ingram - the top three batters in the Tiger order - on 14 pitches to strand both runners.
Pitcher Trevor Stephan scattered eight hits with only one run given up with five strikeouts over six innings.
Two batters after Arledge's single, Spanberger took a 0-1 offering from left-hander Andrew Mitchell and hammered it off the back wall in right-center field.
"The biggest thing was having to fill up the strike zone and letting the guys work behind me", Plumlee said.