Lexington, Ky. – Andrew Wishy doubled twice and drove in four runs as the Arkansas Razorbacks posted a 9-2 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats in the series opener Friday night.The Razorbacks improved to 20-5 overall and 3-4 in the Southeastern Conference, while Kentucky dropped to 10-15 overall and 0-7 in the league.
Charley Boyce (4-1) went seven innings scattering six hits and allowing just one run, earned, on 94 pitches. Boyce fanned four batters and hit one in notching his fourth win of the year.
Seth Stanley (1-4) took the loss for the Wildcats. Stanley pitched five innings giving up nine runs, seven earned, on eight hits. Stanley struck out two batters and hit two.
Ryan Fox, who finished with three RBI, gave the Razorbacks a 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the top of the second inning. It was Fox’s sixth dinger of the season and 20th career home run.
Boyce worked out of a bases loaded one-out jam in the bottom of the second. After surrendering a single, walk and one hit by pitch, Boyce forced Joe Naill to hit into a 5-2-3 double play to end the inning.
Arkansas made it a 2-0 lead on a sacrifice fly by Wishy that plated Nick Pitts in the top of the third inning. Pitts reached on a wild pitch by Stanley on a swinging third strike. Pitts then stole second and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Scott Bridges.
The Razorbacks plated another run in the fourth. Clay Goodwin was hit by a pitch and scored when the centerfielder booted a single by Brady Toops.
The Wildcats got on the board following back-to-back doubles by Mike Breyman and John Kungle to open the bottom of the fourth.
Arkansas extended the lead to 5-1 with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning. Bridges reached on an error by the third baseman and moved to second on a walk to Wishy.
Haas Pratt advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt. Goodwin plated Bridges with a ground out to second for a 4-1 Razorback lead. Fox then singled through the left side to bring home Wishy for a four-run advantage.
The Razorbacks broke the game open in the sixth as four runs crossed the plate for a 9-1 lead. Wishy doubled with the bases loaded to plate Chris Williams, Pitts and Bridges.
After Toops singled to put runners on the corners, Fox doubled off the wall in right to plate Wishy and give the Razorbacks an eight run lead.
The Wildcats plated a run in the bottom of the eighth when Hagedorn booted a ball at short allowing Spencer Graeter to score from second.
Arkansas and Kentucky continue the series with a 1 p.m. (CT) game from Cliff Hagen Stadium in Lexington, Ky.