KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Greg Blum’s career-high four hits – including his first home run of the season – helped lift Arkansas to a 10-5 win at No. 24 Tennessee on Friday in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
The victory was the seventh in a row for Arkansas (12-6, 1-0 SEC) and fifth in a row against Tennessee (17-5, 0-1 SEC), which was swept by the Hogs in a three-game series at Fayetteville last season. UT saw its 10-game winning streak snapped with its first home loss in 11 home games this season.
UA starter Gary Hogan Jr. (2-0) gave up five runs (two earned) on nine hits over six innings to earn the victory for the Razorbacks. Wes McCrotty earned his first save of the season when he got Brandon Hopkins to ground into a game-ending double play. The Hogs tied a school record by turning four double plays in the game.
Starter Joe Bertolino (2-1) took the loss for the Vols after giving up five runs (earned) on four hits in 2 1/3 innings.
Blum finished the game 4-for-5 with two runs scored and a career-high four RBI.
The Razorbacks sent 10 batters to the plate en route to a four-run third inning that included RBI singles by Blum and Josh Newland.
Jack Welsh led off the game with a single to extend his hitting streak to eight games. Brian Kirby extended his hitting streak to a career-best 10 games with a single in the second inning. In the ninth inning, Jeff Hoefler hit his first home run as a Razorback before Kirby’s RBI double scored Kyle Washburn with the Hogs final run.
Arkansas will continue its series with Tennessee on Saturday. Game time is set for 1 p.m. CT.