Nashville, Tenn. – Charley Boyce allowed only one run in eight innings of work while Jake Dugger hit two home runs to lead No. 18 Arkansas to a 9-4 victory over No. 22 Vanderbilt Saturday night.Arkansas clinched the series win over the Commodores and improved to 25-12 overall and 10-4 in the Southeastern Conference. Vanderbilt dropped to 25-10 overall and 6-8 in the SEC.
Boyce (5-1) pitched eight innings scattering seven hits and allowing just one run, that coming in the sixth inning. Boyce walked two and struck out five.
Jensen Lewis (4-3) took the loss after giving up five runs, all earned, on eight hits in four and one-third innings of work. Lewis struck out six and walked three. Vanderbilt pitchers walked a season high nine batters in the game.
Dugger finished the night going 3-for-4 with three RBI, two home runs, a triple and two walks. Scott Hode added another home run as the Razorbacks tied their season high of three long balls in a game.
Haas Pratt gave the Razorbacks a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a single to right that plated Dugger from third. Dugger walked to open the game and moved to third on Clay Goodwin’s single to right.
Dugger extended the lead to 2-0 in the third inning with a leadoff home run to left-center. It was Dugger’s fourth home run of the season.
Danny Hamblin immediately followed Dugger’s shot with a double of the wall in left. After Goodwin struck out, Hode drew a walk to put runners at first and second.
Lewis, however, prevented another run from scoring after striking out Pratt and getting Brady Toops to ground out to first to end the inning.
Casey Rowlett prevented a run from scoring in the bottom of the third when he grabbed a fly ball to deep center that nearly sailed over his head. It would have allowed Antoan Richardson to score from second, but was the third out of the inning.
Vanderbilt got just its second hit of the game in the bottom of the fourth when Ceaser Nicolas singled to center with one out. Boyce had retired eight of nine, allowing just a walk, before Nicolas’ hit. Tony Mansolino followed Nicolas with a single to shallow left to put two on.
Worth Scott then flied out to right for the second out of the inning. Mansolino was thrown out on the play attempting to tag and advance to second to end the inning without a run scoring.
Dugger gave the Razorbacks a 3-0 lead with his second home run of the game. Dugger’s shot cleared the wall in right to open the fifth inning.
Still in the fifth, Hode blasted the first pitch he saw over the mini Green Monster in left for his sixth home run of the season and third of the game for the Razorbacks. Hode’s shot came with Goodwin aboard after he drew a one-out walk and pushed the Arkansas lead to 5-0.
Lewis was pulled after allowing a one-out hit to Pratt. Relief pitcher Matt Buschmann walked Rowlett and Scott Bridges to load the bases, but got Devin Day to strike out to end the inning.
After getting the first two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Boyce hit a batter, gave up a single and then walked Mike Baxter to load the bases. Boyce got Warner Jones to hit into a fielder’s choice to end the inning without a run crossing the plate.
Vanderbilt ended the shutout in the bottom of the sixth when Matt Zeller doubled to right with two outs to score Scott and make it a 5-1 game.
Dugger added to his hit and RBI total with a one-out triple to center in the top of the eighth inning. It was Dugger’s third hit of the game and it scored Day who reached on a single to right field. Day’s run gave Arkansas a 6-1 lead.
Hamblin plated Dugger with a sharp single to right to push the Razorback lead to 7-1 in the eighth. Following a walk to Goodwin, Hode singled up the middle to score Hamblin and make it an 8-1 game.
A wild pitch moved Goodwin to third and Hode to second, still with just one out in the inning. Pratt walked to load the bases before Toops flied out to left for the second out of the inning.
Rowlett then drew a bases loaded walk to bring Goodwin across the plate and push the lead to 9-1.
Vanderbilt would score three runs in the bottom of the ninth off reliever Brian McClelland before Boyd Goodner was called on to end the rally and seal the 9-4 victory.
The teams conclude their series Sunday at 1 p.m. CT. Justin White (1-1) is schedule to take the mound in the series finale for the Razorbacks.