Fayetteville, Ark. – Freshman Stephen Robison’s two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning propelled 12th-ranked Arkansas to a 5-3 win Sunday afternoon over 15th-ranked Tennessee.The win moved the Razorbacks to 32-14 overall and 15-6 in the Southeastern Conference. The win also clinched the series victory over the Vols.
Tennessee dropped to 33-13 overall and 11-10 in the SEC.
Jay Sawatski (7-2) earned the win in his first start since Feb. 29, against Texas A&M. Sawatski went seven innings allowing three unearned runs on 11 hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
Caton Hall notched his fourth save of the season after pitching the final two innings of the game. Hall allowed only three hits and fanned three.
Scot Drucker (6-3) took the loss after giving up two runs, both earned, on three hits in three innings of work.
Luke Hochevar started for Tennessee and lasted five innings and gave up three runs, one earned, on five hits with five walks and five strikeouts.
Pitching dominated early as neither team was able to push across a run.
Jake Dugger ended that with a solo home run to left in the bottom of the third inning. It was Dugger’s seventh home run of the season.
Arkansas took advantage of a Tennessee error to score two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. With two outs, Casey Rowlett singled and Brady Toops walked. On a double steal, the Tennessee catcher threw wild to third base attempting to get Rowlett. The throw sailed into left field and allowed both runners to score for a 3-0 advantage.
Tennessee mounted a rally in the top of the sixth. Eli Iorg reached on an error and consecutive hits by Kyle Norrid and Alex Suarez loaded the bases with no outs.
Chase Headley grounded out to second to score Iorg and Brian Cleveland followed with another ground out to plate Norrid and make it a 3-2 game.
Michael Rivera followed with an infield single that scored Suarez to tie the game at 3-3.
With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Robison connected off Drucker for his first home run of the season. It came with Toops aboard and gave the Hogs a 5-3 lead. It was the fourth run of the game for Arkansas that came with two outs. The two-run shot gave Robison five RBI in his last three games.
Sawatski pitched the seventh allowing only a single before retiring the Vols.
Hall entered in the eighth and retired the first two hitters before giving up a single. Hall then fanned Cleveland to end the inning. In the ninth, Hall allowed a one out single and one two-out single before striking Iorg out to end the game.
Arkansas will take the week off before traveling to Oxford this weekend to take on the Ole Miss Rebels. Game one of the series is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday.