FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Casey Lambert’s sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning scored Ben King to break a 7-7 tie and lift Alabama to an 8-7 win over Arkansas in the second game of a three-game Southeastern Conference series at Baum Stadium.
Alabama (25-16, 7-10 SEC) earned its eighth-consecutive win in the series while Arkansas (16-22, 2-13 SEC) saw its school-record home and league losing streaks reach 11 and 13, respectively. The Razorbacks are winless in eight SEC games at home this season.
Lambert’s sacrifice fly capped the Crimson Tide’s rally from a 7-5 deficit after seven innings.
Lance Cormier (5-3) worked the final two innings out of the Alabama bullpen to earn the victory. Jeremy Rankin (2-2) suffered the loss for the Razorbacks in relief, giving up one run (earned) on two hits in one inning.
Brent Boyd and Scott McClanahan led the Crimson Tide with three hits each. Five Razorbacks had two hits each, including Greg Blum. Blum is 6-for-8 with four RBI through the first two games of the series.
Arkansas led 1-0 after one inning on Justin Riley’s RBI infield single in the first before Alabama answered with four runs on five hits in the top of the second. The Razorbacks scored two in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to 5-3.
The Crimson Tide scored a run in the top of the fourth, but the Hogs scored two in the fifth to tie the game at 5-5 and took a 6-5 lead in the sixth on Blum’s RBI single to score Jack Welsh. Brian Kirby’s sacrifice fly stretched the Hogs’ lead to 7-5 in the seventh before Alabama tied the game at 7-7 with two runs in the top of the eighth, including an RBI triple by Sam Bozanich.
Alabama will try to complete a three-game sweep of Arkansas on Sunday at 1 p.m.