LEXINGTON, Ky. – Brian Anderson and Tyler Spoon each hit a two-run homer as No. 14 Arkansas defeated No. 23 Kentucky 5-3 in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Kentucky late rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat Arkansas, 4-3, in the second game. Arkansas still won two of three in the series and its record now stands at 32-16 overall and 15-8 in the Southeastern Conference. Kentucky is now 27-19, 10-14.
Anderson had three hits, including a homer, and drove in two runs to lead Arkansas at the plate in the first game. Spoon also had two RBI and scored twice, while going 1-for-4 at the plate. Matt Vinson was 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Joe Serrano had a hit and an RBI.
Greg Fettes and A.J. Reed each hit solo homers for Kentucky. Zac Zellers also had a hit and a RBI.
Arkansas starter Ryne Stanek (6-2) earned the win after giving up three runs on seven hits and striking out four in 5 1/3 innings.
Jalen Beeks and Colby Suggs combined to throw 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Beeks retired all eight men he faced in 2 2/3 innings, while Suggs entered in the ninth and picked up his 10th save, throwing a perfect inning.
Kentucky starter Corey Littrell (5-4) took the loss. Littrell gave up five runs on nine hits and struck out seven in eight innings.
With Arkansas leading 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth of the second game, the Wildcats put together a three-run rally to take the lead. With two out and runners on the corners, Matt Reida hit a grounder to second that was booted by Jordan Farris and went into shallow left field, allowing one run to score and putting runners on the corners. Leadoff hitter Kyle Barrett then lined a single to score the game-tying run. Zac Zellers brought home the game-winning run with a single to right-center to give Kentucky a 4-3 win.
Jacob Mahan had two hits and drove in a run to lead Arkansas at the plate. Spoon also drove in a run, while Anderson, Joe Serrano and Vinson each had a hit and a run scored.
Kentucky was led at the plate by Zellers, who had two hits, including a home run, and two RBI. Kyle Barrett went 2-for-5 with an RBI for the Wildcats.
Kentucky reliever Chandler Shepherd (4-0) earned the win after striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning.
Arkansas reliever Landon Simpson (1-1) took the loss. Simpson gave up an unearned run on two hits in a third of an inning.
Michael Gunn worked two scoreless innings and struck out two of the Razorback bullpen. Brandon Moore struck out the only batter he faced.