LEXINGTON, Ky. – After Arkansas took the lead with a run in the top of the ninth, Kentucky rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Razorbacks 3-2 in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Arkansas drops to 27-10 overall and 8-8 in Southeastern Conference play, while Kentucky is now 18-21 and 3-13 in SEC play.
With the game tied at one entering the top of the ninth, Arkansas scored a run without the benefit of a hit. Collin Kuhn reached on a three-base error to start the ninth on a dropped fly ball by the center fielder. With one out, Kyle Robinson hit a roller up the first base line that started near the line, but the spin on the ball took it to the right of the first baseman and into shallow right field for an error, scoring Kuhn from third to put Arkansas in front 2-1.
Kentucky was able to score twice in the bottom of the ninth to win the game. Michael Williams led off the inning with a single off the first base bag and into shallow right field. A sacrifice bunt by Lucas Witt moved Matt Reida, who pinch ran at first, to second. Paul McConkey reached on an infield single to advance Reida to third. A single down the left field line by Chad Wright brought home Reida with the tying run. Black singled to left field to load the bases with one out. Braden Kapteyn hit a sharp ground ball to third, but Matt Reynolds was able to make a diving stop and throw home to retire McConkey at the plate to keep the game tied. However, Thomas McCarthy drew a four-pitch walk to end the game and give Kentucky a 3-2 win.
Arkansas starter Randall Fant was excellent in his outing, but picked up a no decision. Fant gave up a run on seven hits and struck out five in his career-high tying seven innings of work.
Kentucky starter Alex Meyer earned the win to improve to 4-5 on the season. Meyer allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits over nine innings with 10 strikeouts.
Nolan Sanburn suffered his second loss of the season to drop to 2-2. Sanburn gave up two runs on four hits in 0.2 of an inning.
Sam Bates, Tim Carver and James McCann each had a hit in the game for Arkansas. McCann and Robinson each added a RBI.
Williams had a game-high three hits and drove in a run for Kentucky, while Wright went 2-for-5 with a RBI.
Arkansas scratched across the first run of the game, scoring once in the top of the second. With one out, Robinson drew a walk and moved to second after Dominic Ficociello struck out for the second out. McCann brought home Robinson with a double to the right-center field alley.
Kentucky evened the game with a run in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, J.T. Riddle looped a single into shallow center field. After a pop out by Luke Maile, Williams doubled down the right field line to score Riddle from first to tie the game.
The second game of the doubleheader is scheduled for 6 p.m. (CT) and will be shown live on Fox Sports Net (channel 27 in Fayetteville).