Arkansas won the opener, 5-3, behind another save by Colby Suggs, but an error in the ninth helped…
Arkansas 2, Kentucky 1
The No. 14 Razorbacks (31-15, 14-7) improved to 8-1 in SEC road games with a 2-1 triumph Friday night at Cliff Hagen Field. No. 15 Kentucky (26-18, 9-13) stranded 11 base runners and had only a bunt single with runners on base.
Wise hit his third homer of the season, a solo shot in the fifth inning. Matt Vinson added an RBI single in the same frame and five Razorback pitchers made it stand up.
Arkansas tarter Barrett Astin (4-2) got the win with 5 2/3 strong innings. He allowed five hits and one run. Relievers Trent Daniel, Brandon Moore, Jalen Beeks combined to allow just two hits before Colby Suggs pitched the ninth for his ninth save.
Due to inclement weather forecast for Sunday, Arkansas and Kentucky will play a doubleheader on Saturday. Game one will start at 11 a.m. (CT) with game two scheduled to start 45 minutes after the conclusion of game one. The opener will be aired on a tape delayed basis by the Big Blue Sports Network at 6 p.m. (CT). Due to the doubleheader on Saturday, the series finale will not be televised on CST.
Wise had a pair of hits, including the solo homer in the fifth. Vinson also added two hits and drove in a run. Jacob Mahan had a hit and a run scored, while Brett McAfee, Joe Serrano and Tyler Spoon each had one hit. McAfee bunted Mahan to second ahead of Vinson's RBI hit.
Kentucky starter A.J. Reed (2-6) was a tough-luck loser after allowing two runs on seven hits and striking out five in 7.1 innings.
Kentucky scored its only run in the bottom of the sixth. The Wildcats loaded the bases with nobody out and plated a run on a fielder's choice RBI by Greg Fettes. Kentucky was only able to plate the one run in the inning as Astin and Daniel worked out of trouble in the inning.
The score stayed 2-1 for the rest of the game, but Kentucky was able to put the tying run on base in the bottom of the ninth. With one out, Kyle Barrett was hit by a pitch, but Suggs was able to get back-to-back strikeouts of Austin Cousino and Reed to end the game and give Arkansas a 2-1 win.
J.T. Riddle had three hits to pace the Wildcats at the plate. Fettes had the only RBI of the game for Kentucky, while Barrett, Paul McConkey, Reed and Zac Zellers added one hit each.
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