Fayetteville, Ark. – A sixth-run seventh inning propelled the Arkansas Razorbacks to an 11-6 win over Alabama Sunday afternoon and the Hogs’ first series win over the Tide since the 1995 season. Arkansas improved to 20-10 overall and 5-4 in the Southeastern Conference. Alabama dropped to 19-11 overall and 3-6 in league play.
Arkansas earned just its third series win over Alabama since joining the SEC in 1992. Arkansas also claimed a series win over the Tide in 1994. Alabama had won the previous eight series against Arkansas, from 1996-2003.
Caton Hall (2-0) earned the win in relief. Hall pitched two and two-thirds of an inning and was the fifth Razorback pitcher of the day. Hall allowed one run, earned, on one hit with one strikeout.
Justin White started and lasted two innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits.
Seth Johnson (2-1) took the loss for Alabama after giving up six runs, four earned, on six hits in one inning of work. Johnson relieved starter Taylor Tankersley after five and one-third innings of work.
Alabama jumped on White in the first inning when Evan Bush singled home Rocky Scelfo for a 1-0 lead. With two on and one out, White was able to get out of the inning when Zac Welch hit into a double play.
The Crimson Tide took a 2-0 lead on Gabe Scott’s solo home run to open the second inning. Mark Haske then reached after Haas Pratt booted his slow roller to first and scored on a double to left by Scelfo that gave the Tide a 3-0 advantage.
The Razorbacks got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth. Danny Hamblin doubled and Clay Goodwin walked with two outs. Hamblin and Goodwin then advanced on a double steal.
Nick Richardson’s throw to third on the double steal was wild and allowed Hamblin to score to make it a 3-1 game. Scott Hode then doubled to right to plate Goodwin and make it a 3-2 game after five innings.
Arkansas took its first lead of the day on Brady Toops’ third home run of the season. It came with one out and Pratt on second in the bottom of the sixth inning and it hit off the bottom of the scoreboard in right-center field. Toops’ home run chased Tankersley from the game.
Alabama regained the lead in the top of the seventh. Ryan Beagle reached when his pop up landed just in foul territory. Scelfo moved to second base on the play after he reached on a fielder’s choice.
A walk to Carlos Sosa loaded the bases with one out and Welch gave the Tide the lead with a single through the left side that scored two runs and chased Jay Sawatski from the game.
Arkansas tied the game in the bottom of the seventh. Hode singled and moved to second on a passed ball. Blake Parker then singled to move Hode to third.
After Scott Bridges was put in to run for Parker, Casey Rowlett singled through the right side to score Hode and tie the game 5-5.
Brett Hagedorn’s sacrifice bunt moved Bridges and Rowlett to second and third with one out.
On a swinging strike three on Toops, catcher Charlie Lyons let the pitch get away from him allowing Bridges to score for a 6-5 lead. Toops reached first on the play and Rowlett moved to third.
Devin Day then laced a double into left-center to score Rowlett and Toops and give the Razorbacks an 8-5 lead.
Still with just one out in the seventh, Jake Dugger gave the Hogs a 9-5 lead with a single to right that scored Day from third. It was the fifth Arkansas run of the inning.
Alabama made it a 10-6 game on a one-out, solo home run to right by Matt Grooms.
Hagedorn gave the Razorbacks an 11-6 lead with a sac fly to center that scored Bridges from third. Bridges reached after his fly ball dropped fair past the left fielder to open the inning.
Hall did not allow Alabama to mount a rally in the ninth as the Razorbacks moved a game above .500 in SEC play.
Arkansas returns to action at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday against Southwest Missouri State at Baum Stadium.