LEXINGTON, Ky. – Arkansas never trailed and scored 10 runs in the final three innings en route to a 16-11 win over Kentucky Saturday in the second game of a three-game Southeastern Conference series at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
The Razorbacks (22-26, 7-16 SEC) clung to a 6-5 lead over the Wildcats (19-28, 6-17 SEC) when UA exploded for eight runs on nine hits in the top of the seventh inning. A two-run, pinch-hit home run by Andrew Wishy and back-to-back homers from Scott Crossett and Brian Kirby accounted for six of the eight runs in the inning.
Arkansas out-hit Kentucky 21-14 to earn its first SEC road victory in 11 tries.
Jeremy Rankin (3-3) earned the win with 3 1/3 innings in relief of UA starter Gary Hogan Jr. Rankin allowed four runs on five hits and struck out three. UK starter Cory Hahn (3-4) allowed seven runs on 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings and was charged with the loss.
Ryan Fox and Jeff Hoefler led the Razorbacks with three hits each. Fox drove in UA’s first four runs and finished with a career-high five RBI. His two-run home run in the third inning was his fifth of the year and gave Arkansas a 4-1 lead. Jeff Fletcher stretched the lead to 6-1 with a two-run single in the top of the fifth.
The Wildcats cut the lead to 6-5 in the bottom of the fifth with four runs on just one hit. UK took advantage of two errors in the inning and chased Hogan before Jeremy Rankin came out of the UA bullpen and got out of the inning with a 2-3-2 double play on a dropped third strike. UK first baseman Gordon Tyler was cut down trying to score from third on the play and injured his lower left leg in the sliding collision with Kirby. Tyler, who also had his hitting streak snapped at 10 games, was taken to a local hospital for examination.
UA scored one run in each of the last two innings; UK scored five in the eighth – three on Spencer Preston’s seventh home run of the season and one on Spencer Graeter’s second of the year – and one in the ninth.
Wishy’s home run was his second of the year. Crossett’s home run was his first.
Arkansas designated hitter Kyle Washburn went 2-for-3 with four runs scored and extended his career-best hitting streak to 13 games.
The series will conclude Sunday at noon ET (11 a.m. CT).