Alabama Nips Razorbacks 4-1 To Win Weekend Ser
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Alabama relief pitcher Taylor Tankersley gave up just one run on four hits in four plus innings of work as the 11th-ranked Crimson Tide defeated Arkansas 4-1 Sunday to claim a series win over the Hogs.
Alabama committed three errors and was out-hit in the game, but the Razorbacks were not able to take advantage as they stranded nine base runners for the day.
Tankersley improved to 2-1 with the win, while Arkansas’ Charlie Isaacson dropped to 1-4 after allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits with three strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Arkansas fell to 12-10 overall and 2-4 in the Southeastern Conference, while Alabama improved to 21-3 overall and 5-1 in the SEC.
Alabama took a 1-0 lead in the top of third inning. Spencer Pennington was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Pennington advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a fly out to center by Carlos Sosa.
Arkansas wasted a scoring opportunity in the fourth. Kirk McConnell led off the inning with a double to right. After Cliff Crouse and Michael Connner failed to advance McConnell, Ryan Fox continued the inning by reaching on an error by the third baseman which allowed McConnell to move to third. Nick Pitts then grounded out to second to end the scoring threat.
The Razorbacks threatened again in the fifth inning. Cody Clark doubled with two outs and moved to third after a fielding error by the Tide shortstop on a ground ball by Scott Hode. A walk to McConnell loaded the bases for pinch-hitter Andrew Wishy who came in for Crouse.
With two down and the bases loaded, the Crimson Tide changed pitchers. Taylor Tankersley came in relief of Sanders and struck out Wishy to end the inning and preserve the Alabama lead.
Arkansas tied the game on a solo home run to left-center by Michael Conner. It was the seventh home run of the season for Conner and his second of the series.
Alabama answered in the top of the seventh on Adam Pavkovich’s two-out, two-run home run to left. Brent Boyed, who walked to begin the inning, scored on the long ball to give the Tide a 3-1 lead.
The Razorbacks wasted a scoring opportunity in the bottom of the seventh. Cody Clark singled to right and moved to second on a throwing error by the pitcher on a pick-off attempt. Clark then moved to third on a balk and Scott Hode walked to give the Hogs runners on first and third with only one out.
But, Tankersley retired McConnell and Wishy to end the scoring threat for the Razorbacks.
Jeremy Brown doubled home Stonard for a 4-1 Alabama lead in the top of the eighth inning.
Tankersley held the Razorbacks at-bay for the final two innings to preserve the victory for the Crimson Tide.
The Razorbacks will take Monday off before hosting Centenary on Tuesday and Wednesday at Baum Stadium. Game time for Tuesday is set for 6:30 p.m., while Wednesday’s game is slated for a 4 p.m. start.
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