Fayetteville, Ark. – Devin Day had three hits, drove in two runs and scored twice to help lead the Arkansas Razorbacks to a 7-2 win over Alabama Saturday afternoon and even the series at one game apiece.Arkansas improved to 19-10 overall and 4-4 in the Southeastern Conference. Alabama fell to 19-10 overall and 3-5 in league play.
Charley Boyce (4-1) earned the win after going five innings and allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits with three strikeouts. Boyce did not issue a walk in picking up his second SEC win of the season.
Jay Sawatski relieved Boyce in the sixth and allowed only one hit in three innings of work. Sawatski also had three strikeouts.
Brent Carter (4-3) took the loss after giving up four runs, three earned, on five hits in one inning as the starter. Carter was a spot starter for Brandon Belcher who was scheduled to start but fell ill.
Matt Downs relieved Carter and lasted five innings. Downs gave up one earned run on four hits.
Scott Hode continued his torrid pace at the plate with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. Hode took the first pitch he saw from Carter over the wall and into the grill area behind left field to give the Hogs a 2-0 lead.
Casey Rowlett added to the Hogs lead in the first when he singled home Blake Parker from second to give Arkansas a 3-0 advantage.
Alabama answered the Razorbacks in the second inning when Evan Bush put the first pitch of the inning over the wall in left field to make it a 3-1 game.
Still in the second, the Razorbacks prevented a run from scoring when Clay Goodwin threw home on a ground ball to get Zac Welch at the plate for the second out of the inning. Boyce then got Ryan Beagle to fly out to center to end the inning.
Arkansas made it a 4-1 game in bottom of the second inning when Danny Hamblin singled through the right side to plate Day from third. Day doubled and moved to third when Jake Dugger reached on a bunt single.
Alabama cut into the lead in the fifth inning. Matt Grooms reached on an error and scored on Rocky Scelfo’s double to left that made it a 4-2 game.
Day added to the Hogs’ lead in the seventh with a double that bounced over third base and allowed Rowlett and pinch-runner Stephen Robison to score. It pushed the Arkansas lead to 6-2.
Dugger then made it a 7-2 game with an RBI single to left that plated Day from second base.
Sawatski and Caton Hall combined to shut the Tide down over the final two innings as the Razorbacks ended their five game losing streak to Alabama.
The teams conclude their series Sunday at 12:35 p.m. Justin White (1-1) will take the mound for Arkansas. The Razorbacks have not won a weekend series against the Crimson Tide since the 1995 season.