08/29 - 7:00 PM
VB vs Tennessee State
08/30 - 11:00 AM
VB vs Stephen F. Austin
08/30 - 7:00 PM
VB vs Michigan
09/04 - 6:00 PM
VB at Kansas State
09/05 - 5:00 PM
VB vs UCF
09/06 - 1:00 PM
VB vs Middle Tennessee
09/09 - 7:00 PM
VB vs Oral Roberts
09/12 - 7:00 PM
VB vs South Dakota
09/13 - 11:00 AM
VB vs Stony Brook
09/13 - 7:00 PM
VB vs SMU
09/19 - 9:30 AM
VB vs Cleveland State
09/19 - 5:30 PM
VB vs North Texas
09/20 - TBA
VB at Kansas
09/26 - 7:00 PM
VB vs Tennessee
09/28 - 1:30 PM
VB vs Mississippi State
FAYETTEVILLE – The Arkansas baseball team (11-8, 1-3 SEC) saw its three-game winning streak come to an end Friday evening, dropping the series opener to Alabama (15-6, 3-1) 17-9 at Baum Stadium.
The Razorbacks scored nine runs for the second straight SEC contest, but the Crimson Tide countered with 15 runs in a three-inning span to seize control of the game after a 53-minute rain delay in the top of the fourth inning.
Arkansas left seven runners on base through the first three innings, before Tyler Spoon came to the plate in the fourth with the bases loaded and unloaded on a grand slam to erase a 3-0 deficit and give the Razorbacks their first lead of the day.
The Razorbacks added a pair of runs in the fifth inning and three more in the ninth, as Bobby Wernes tallied three hits in the contest, including a ninth-inning RBI double to bring Clark Eagan to the plate.
Zach Jackson (1-1) suffered the loss for Arkansas in 1.0 inning of relief work, while Jay Shaw (1-1) picked up the win for Alabama after tossing 4.0 innings and giving up two hits and no runs.
The Razorbacks continue their three-game weekend set with Alabama Saturday at 2:05 p.m. at Baum Stadium with the series finale slated for Sunday at 1:05 p.m. on Cox Sports Television and ESPN3.
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Coach Van Horn Quotes
Head Coach Dave Van Horn (on OF-Tyler Spoon) – “There were a couple of positives. Seeing Tyler stay inside that ball (on the grand slam) and drive it out of the park opposite field, that was huge. Even if the wind had not have been blowing, that ball is off the wall for a bases-clearing double.”
Head Coach Dave Van Horn (on Friday’s game) – “It was good to see us come back down three runs like that (in the fourth inning). But it was disappointing. There were just a couple big plays in the game. It didn't happen. We score four, and they score 5. That's not good. We had a chance for it to be, 4-3 where they don’t score any, and it didn’t happen.”
• Tyler Spoon’s grand slam was the second of his career and first for the Razorbacks since Spoon’s in a 5-2 win vs. Evansville on Feb. 23, 2013.
• The Razorbacks were hit by a pitch twice during the game and have been hit by 40 pitches this season. Arkansas has been hit by at least one pitch in five straight games and in 16 of 19 games with multiple hit by pitches in 11 games. Clark Eagan was hit by a pitch in the third inning and Brian Anderson was pegged in the fourth.
• Arkansas’ nine runs is tied for the team’s third-highest scoring output this season and marks the third time in four games the Razorbacks scored eight or more runs.
• Official attendance of 8,112 is the highest of any Arkansas game this season.
How They Scored
• Arkansas 0, Alabama 1; Top 4th: Wade Wass doubled to right-center field to score Ben Moore from first base.
• Arkansas 0, Alabama 2; Top 4th: Chance Vincent doubled down the left field line to score Wade Wass from second base.
• Arkansas 0, Alabama 3; Top 4th: Austen Smith scored from third base on a fielding error.
• Arkansas 4, Alabama 5; Top 5th: Casey Hughston scored from third base and Georgie Salem scored from second base on an error.
• Arkansas 4, Alabama 8; Top 5th: Wade Wass hit a home run to left-center field to score Ben Moore from third base and Kyle Overstreet from first base.
• Arkansas 6, Alabama 10; Top 6th: Kyle Overstreet tripled to right field to score Georgie Salem from second base and Ben Moore from first base.
• Arkansas 6, Alabama 13; Top 6th: Austen Smith hit a home run to center field to score Kyle Overstreet from third base and Wade Wass from first base.
• Arkansas 6, Alabama 15; Top 6th: Georgie Salem doubled down the right field line to score Chance Vincent from second base and Casey Hughston from first base.
• Arkansas 6, Alabama 16; Top 9th: Austen Smith was hit by a pitch to score Mikey White from third base.
• Arkansas 6, Alabama 17; Top 9th: Chance Vincent grounded out to the pitcher to score Kyle Overstreet from third base.