Nashville, Tenn. – Vanderbilt scored four runs in the first inning and then out slugged the Razorbacks to come away with a 14-8 win Sunday to prevent a series sweep by Arkansas.Arkansas fell to 25-13 overall and 10-5 in the Southeastern Conference. Vanderbilt improved to 25-10 overall and 7-8 in the SEC.
Justin White (1-2) took the loss for Arkansas after allowing four runs, three earned, on two hits without recording an out in the first inning.
Matt Buschmann (5-1) earned the win after allowing just one hit in two innings of work. Bushmann walked two and struck out one. Ryan Mullins started for Vandy, but was pulled after four and one-thirds inning of work. Mullins allowed four runs, all earned, on six hits with seven strikeouts.
The Commodores put a man in scoring position in the bottom of the first inning after White threw wild in an attempted pickoff to first. White’s throw sailed wide and allowed Ryan Klosterman, who was hit by a pitch, to advance to third base.
Mike Baxter gave Vanderbilt its first lead of the series with a single to center that scored Klosterman.
After giving up two singles and walk without recording an out, White was pulled and Trey Holloway took over on the mound.
Holloway got Tony Mansolino to ground out to third, which allowed Baxter to score and push the lead to 2-0.
A bunt by Worth Scott was mishandled by Holloway which allowed another run to score. Scott was then thrown out attempting to steal second, but Ceaser Nicolas scored during the rundown on Scott to give Vandy a 4-0 lead. Holloway ended the inning when Matt Zeller flied out to left field.
Arkansas got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth when Blake Parker singled home Clay Goodwin with two outs. Goodwin doubled to center to open the inning and moved to third on a fly out to right by Haas Pratt.
Still with two outs in the fourth, Arkansas loaded the bases after a walk to Devin Day. Mullins ended the inning when he fanned Brady Toops looking.
Vandy added to its lead in the bottom of the fourth on a pair of doubles. Mansolino doubled to open the inning and scored on Stephen Shao’s double to make it a 5-1 game.
Holloway was pulled after Shao’s RBI double and Jay Sawatski was put on the mound to end the inning. Sawatski was unsuccessful as Jonathan Douillard blasted a two-run home run off the scoreboard in right field to give the ‘Dores a 7-1 lead.
Mullins was pulled in the top of the fifth after loading the bases with one out. Rowlett singled to open the inning and then stole second. Goodwin singled to move Rowlett to third and Hode was hit by a pitch to load the bases and chase Mullins.
Tyler Rhoden replaced Mullins. Pratt hit a sac fly to right that scored Rowlett and made it a 7-2 game. Jake Dugger then took Rhoden’s first pitch to him over the wall in right for his third home run of the season to plate Goodwin and Hode and cut the Vandy lead to 7-5.
Vandy responded in the bottom of the fifth. Warner Jones doubled home Baxter who had a leadoff single. Nicolas then followed with a two-run home run to right-center to give Vanderbilt a 10-5 cushion. With two outs in the fifth Shao doubled home Mansolino to push the lead to 11-5.
Sawatski got out of the inning when he got Douillard to fly out to left field.
Danny Hamblin plated a run with a double down the left field line in the top of the sixth. Toops scored on the play to make it an 11-6 game. Goodwin then singled home Hamblin to cut the deficit to 11-7.
Boyd Goodner relieved Sawatski in the bottom of the sixth and loaded the bases after a single, double and intentional walk. Goodner struck Mansolino out looking for the second out of the inning, but then hit Scott to bring home a run and make it a 12-7 game.
Goodner ended the inning when Zeller grounded out to Pratt at first base.
Nicolas gave Vandy a seven-run advantage with a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth off Ryan Lennerton.
The Razorbacks plated a run in the top of the ninth on Scott Bridges’ sac fly to right that scored Pratt for the final 14-8 margin.
Arkansas returns to action Tuesday, April 20, when Oklahoma State visits Baum Stadium. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.