Hoover, Ala. – Arkansas pitchers Daryl Maday and Trey Holloway combined to hold Tennessee to one run on six hits as the Razorbacks posted a 4-1 win to eliminate the Vols and send the Razorbacks to a Saturday match up against South Carolina in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
Arkansas improved to 39-10 overall, while Tennessee dropped to 37-22 with the loss.
Holloway (2-1) threw five innings in relief of Maday and allowed only one run, earned, on four hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Holloway needed only 57 pitches over his five innings.
Maday started and went four innings allowing only two hits. Maday walked two and struck out two.
Derek Tharpe (6-1) took the loss after giving up one run, earned, on two hits with a walk in one and two-thirds of an inning.
The Razorbacks jumped on the Vols early. Jake Dugger opened the game with a triple to right and scored on a ground out to second base by Casey Rowlett for an early 1-0 lead.
Dugger saved a run from scoring in the bottom of the fourth. With a runner at first and no outs, Alex Suarez laced a ball into left that looked as though it would land for a hit. Dugger raced towards the wall, arm extended and caught the ball as he slammed into the wall to prevent a hit and keep the runner at first.
Chris Kemp followed Suarez with a ground-rule double to right center that put runners at second and third with only one out. Brian Cleveland loaded the bases when Clay Goodwin booted his ground ball to third. It was the sixth Arkansas error of the tournament.
Maday picked up the second out of the inning when got Michael Rivera swinging for strike three.
The Razorbacks got out of the inning when Kelly Edmundson lined out to Scott Hode at short.
Arkansas made it a 2-0 game in top of the fifth. Devin Day singled and stole second with two outs. Rowlett then hit a ground ball that Cleveland fielded at short, but his throw to first was high and sailed into the dugout allowing Day to score.
After four solid innings, Maday was lifted for Holloway who promptly set the Vols down in order in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Blake Parker gave the Hogs a 3-0 lead in the top of the sixth with an RBI double that plated Haas Pratt.
The Vols snapped the shutout in the bottom of the sixth. Suarez doubled and moved to third when Rowlett misplayed the ball in center. A sac fly by Brett Chappell plated Suarez and made it a 3-1 game.
After a single and a hit batter gave the Vols runners at first and second with two outs, the Razorbacks were able to end the inning when Edmundson lined out sharply to Pratt at first base.
Day opened the seventh off in strong fashion with a triple to the gap in right center. After a ground out by Dugger, Rowlett gave the Razorbacks a 4-1 lead with a single to right that scored Day.
Holloway never allowed the Vols to mount a rally as he allowed only two hits over the final three innings of play.
Arkansas will now play the South Carolina Gamecocks at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.