FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After consulting with the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Southeastern Conference, the score from Sunday’s series finale between Arkansas and Kentucky has been changed to 5-1.
The series finale was stopped with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning with Arkansas leading Kentucky, 5-1, after lightning was detected by the umpiring crew. The game was stopped at 6:53 p.m. (ET). Due to the curfew set by the SEC office that doesn’t allow for a game to be resumed after 7 p.m. (ET), the game was stopped.
After reading the NCAA scoring rules, it appeared that the final score reverts back to the final full inning played, making the score 4-1 after five complete innings. However, after Arkansas, Kentucky and the SEC staffs consulted with the NCAA, it was determined that if the scoring and statistics do not affect the outcome of the contest, it should be counted.
Here is an excerpt from the official NCAA rule book:
"SECTION 28. a. If a regulation game is called, include the record of all individual and team actions up to the moment the game ends as specified in Rule 5-8-b."A.R. 1-If the scoring during an incomplete inning has no bearing on the outcome of the contest, include all individual and team records."
Arkansas scored its fifth run of the game in the top of the sixth inning. Arkansas catcher James McCann led off the inning by blasting a solo home run over the left-center field wall to put the Razorbacks in front 5-1.
In the bottom of the inning, Kentucky put runners at the corners with one out before the game was called at 6:53 p.m. due to lightning in the vicinity of Cliff Hagan Stadium.