Fayetteville, Ark. – Chuck Jeroloman drove in four runs on a pair of doubles to lead the Auburn Tigers to a 7-4 victory over 12th-ranked Arkansas Saturday night at Baum Stadium.
Arkansas dropped to 36-19 overall and 18-11 in the Southeastern Conference. The Razorbacks are now tied for first place in the SEC Western Division with Ole Miss, who lost to LSU earlier in the day. Arkansas is one game behind Georgia for the overall SEC lead.
Auburn upped its record to 32-23 overall and 12-17 in the SEC.
Charley Boyce (7-2) took the loss for Arkansas after allowing five runs, four earned, on four hits in two innings of work. Trey Holloway worked four and two-thirds in relief surrendering two runs, earned, on six hits. Boyd Goodner went the final two and one-third innings allowing only three hits with four strikeouts.
Steven Register (7-0) earned the win for Auburn. Register threw six innings and gave up four runs, all earned, on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
Chris Dennis notched his second save after going the final three innings and holding the Razorbacks to only one hit.
Arkansas scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning. Jake Dugger opened the inning with a single to center and then stole second to move into scoring position. A single by Scott Hode scored Dugger from second to give the Hogs a 1-0 lead.
Auburn answered in the top of the second inning. Josh Bell and Sean Gamble singled to open the inning and scored on a double to center by Jeroloman. A sacrifice bunt moved Jeroloman to third and a single up the middle by Mike Hnytka plated him to push the Auburn lead to 3-1.
The Tigers added to their lead in the top of the third. J.T. Williamson reached on a wild pitch on a swinging third strike. A walk to Clete Thomas put runners at first and second. Bell then ground back to Boyce, who threw to second attempting to turn a double play. Boyce’s throw was wild and allowed Williamson to score.
Gamble then laced a single to right that scored Thomas and gave the Tigers a 5-1 lead.
Scott Bridges pulled the Razorbacks closer with a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Danny Hamblin singled and Bridges brought him home with his second home run of the season. It cut the deficit to 5-3.
The Razorbacks made it a 5-4 game in the bottom of the sixth. Dugger brought home Bridges with a ground out to second to make it one run game. Bridges singled, stole second and moved to third on a double to center by Stephen Robison.
Auburn added some insurance runs to its lead when Jeroloman had a two-run double to center in the top of the seventh inning. Bell and Ben Sprague, who pinch ran for Gamble, scored on the play to give the Tigers a 7-4 cushion.
Dennis relieved Register in the bottom of the seventh and never allowed the Razorbacks to mount a rally. Dennis allowed only one hit and fanned three as the Tigers evened the series at a game apiece.
The teams conclude the series Sunday at 12:30 p.m.