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Vanderbilt Nips Arkansas 4-3

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Vanderbilt Nips Arkansas 4-3

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After two days of heavy rains and thunderstorms Arkansas and Vanderbilt Commodores finally got on the field as the Commodores came away with a 4-3 victory in the only game of the season.
Arkansas dropped to 14-11 overall and 2-5 in the Southeastern Conference, while Vanderbilt improved to 14-8 overall and 3-4 in the SEC.
The game was halted Saturday after only two and a half innings were in the books with Vandy holding a 1-0 lead.
Senior Charlie Isaacson replaced starter Gary Hogan, Jr., when the game resumed in the bottom of the third inning Sunday.
The Commodores took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. After Hogan retired the first two batters of the inning, Cesar Nicolas laced a double down the right field line. After Sean Luellwitz walked, John Kaye singled off Arkansas first baseman Jeff Fletcher’s glove and rolled into right field. Nicolas came around to score for the first run of the game. Hogan forced John Prothro to pop out to second to end the inning.
Arkansas took the lead on a two-run single by catcher Cody Clark. Michael Conner walked to begin the inning and moved to second on a ground out by Brett Hagedorn. Cliff Crouse was hit by a pitch to give the Razorbacks runners on first and second with two out. After a double steal put runners on second and third, Clark laced a single to right-center to bring both runners home and give the Hogs a 2-1 lead.
Vandy tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. Chris Broadus drove in Prothro with a single to right to knot the game at 2-2. Broadus went to second on the right fielder Ryan Fox’s throw to home and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Worth Scott. Karl Nonemaker gave Vandy the lead with a single through the right side to plate Broadus.
Still in the fourth, Vandy increased its lead to 4-2 when Cesar Nicolas drove in Scott Vanderhoff (walk) with a single down the left field line.
Cliff Crouse began the seventh with a double to left field and moved to third on a ground out to second by Clark. Scott Hode plated Crouse with a sharp single to right that cut the Vandy lead to 4-3. Jeremy Sowers was able to force Luke Weatherford and Kirk McConnell to fly out to end the inning and preserve the Commodore lead.
Trailing by a run in the ninth, Brett Hagedorn was hit by a pitch to begin the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Andrew Wishy. Cody Clark then hit back to the pitcher who threw to third to get pinch runner Brady Toops. But, Toops retreated back to second safely to give the Hogs runners on first and second with only one out.
Clark was putout at second on a fielder’s choice by Hode which moved Toops to third with two out. Scott Bridges, who pinch hit for Weatherford, popped out to left to end the game.
Isaacson took the loss to drop to 1-5 on the year, while Sowers earned the win to improve to 3-2.
Isaacson pitched one and one-third innings, allowing three runs on four hits with one strikeout and one walk. Sowers pitched seven innings giving up three runs, all earned, on four hits while striking out six.
Jeff Little relieved Sowers in the eighth and pitched the final two innings to earn his first save of the year.
Arkansas returns to action Wednesday against Southwest Missouri State in Springfield. Game time is set for 5 p.m.




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