Lexington, Ky. – The 28th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks out dueled Kentucky for a 2-1 win Saturday to earn a series victory over the Wildcats.Arkansas improved to 21-5 overall and 4-4 in the Southeastern Conference, while Kentucky dropped to 10-16 overall and 0-8 in the SEC. The win gave the Razorbacks their third straight SEC road series victory dating back to last season. The Hogs won the South Carolina series 2-1 earlier this season and swept Ole Miss in the last SEC road series of 2002.
With the sounds of geese, chimpanzees, roosters and the occasional cow blaring over the public address system, Arkansas and Kentucky hooked up in a pitcher’s duel on a chilly Saturday afternoon in Lexington.
After pitching three innings of relief and setting down nine straight batters, Boyd Goodner (2-0) earned the victory. Goodner fanned two batters, threw 41 pitches and did not allow a walk.
Scott Roehl was brought in to close the ninth, but after retiring the first two batters, a line drive hit Roehl on his throwing hand and forced him to leave the game.
Caton Hall was brought in and forced Caleb Brock to pop out to Brett Hagedorn at short to end the game. It was Hall’s third save of the season.
After the Razorbacks and Wildcats combined to strand nine runners on base through the first four and a half innings, Kentucky managed to scratch out a run in the bottom of the fifth.
Jake Kungl singled to open the inning and moved to third when Brady Toops booted a single to left by Caleb Brock. Joe Naill then plated Kungl with a sacrifice bunt for the first run of the game.
Andrew Wishy tied the game with a solo home run on the first pitch of the sixth inning. The home run was Wishy’s third of the season.
After going five solid innings, Arkansas starter Clint Brannon was relieved for Goodner with two on and no outs in the bottom of the sixth. Goodner got a pair of strikeouts and one fly out in foul territory to end the inning without a run crossing the plate.
Brannon finished the game allowing one run, unearned, on four hits with six strikeouts. Brannon threw 78 pitches in five innings of work and hit one batter.
The Razorbacks took a 2-1 lead in the top of the eighth inning. Haas Pratt singled and moved to third on a single through the right side by Wishy. Clay Goodwin then grounded into a 6-4-3 double play that plated Pratt for the go ahead run.
The teams combined to strand 16 runners in the game, nine by Arkansas and seven by Kentucky. The Razorbacks and Wildcats combined to walk only four hitters in the game and 13 strikeouts.
Arkansas and Kentucky conclude the weekend series Sunday at noon (CT). Senior Jarrett Gardner (3-1) is slated to take the mound for Arkansas.