Kentucky Blanks Arkansas 1-0; Hogs Held To Two
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Kentucky’s Rob Corrado threw a two-hit, complete-game shutout as the Wildcats claimed a 1-0 victory over Arkansas Sunday to come away with a 2-1 series win over the Razorbacks.
Arkansas dropped to 25-21 overall and 8-13 in the SEC, while the Wildcats improved to 16-29 overall and 5-19 in the league.
It was Corrado’s first career complete game and the first Southeastern Conference series win for the Wildcats this year. Corrado earned his first win of the season to up his record to 1-2.
Gary Hogan, Jr., took the loss for Arkansas despite allowing only one run, earned, on six hits in six and two-thirds innings of work. Hogan fanned six and walked two and fell to 3-6 on the year.
The loss marked the fourth time this season the Razorbacks have been shutout and the first time since 1992 Arkansas has been held to two hits. Mississippi State’s B.J. Wallace held the Razorbacks to two hits in a 2-0 win on April 25, in Starkville.
The game was the first 1-0 loss for Arkansas since Oregon State nipped the Razorbacks in the 1986 NCAA Midwest Regional in Stillwater, Okla.
Both pitchers dominated as Hogan retired 12 of the first 15 batters and Corrado 17 of the first 19. Corrado surrendered a hit in the first inning to Michael Conner and did not allow another until Brett Hagedorn’s lead-off single in the eighth.
Hogan scattered four hits and struck out six through five innings of play. Spencer Preston tripled with one out in the fifth, but Hogan set the Wildcats down to maintain a scoreless ballgame.
The Razorbacks best scoring opportunity came in the sixth inning when Scott Bridges was hit by a pitch. With two outs, Bridges stole second and batter Michael Conner walked to give the Hogs runners on first and second. Corrado then unloaded a wild pitch that advanced the runners to second and third, but was able to retire Ryan Fox on a strikeout to end the scoring threat.
Kentucky was able to scratch out a run in the seventh inning on Russ Rutherford’s two-out double that scored Mike Ferris (single).
Scott Roehl relieved Hogan and recorded the final out of the seventh with the Cats leading 1-0. Roehl pitched a perfect eighth inning before giving way to Kyler Pomeroy in the ninth. Pomeroy walked the lead-off hitter in the ninth, but retired the next three batters on two strikeouts and a fly out.
Corrado fanned Conner to begin the bottom of the ninth and survived a well-hit ball by Fox that was caught on the warning track in right. Corrado ended the game on a called third strike on Nick Pitts.
The loss was the seventh in the last 10 SEC game for the Razorbacks.
Arkansas will have the week off before traveling to Oxford, for a weekend series against the nationally-ranked Ole Miss Rebels. Game one is slated for a 6:30 p.m. start Friday, May 10.
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