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Tennessee 5, Arkansas 4: Ruined the Fireworks

29-19 (14-11)


Razorback fans were treated to post-game fireworks after the game that I'm sure most of them wishing had happened in the bottom of the 9th.

After the Volunteers went up 5-4 in the top of the 7th, they held the Hogs scoreless the rest of the game to preserve the victory over the Hogs.

The Razorback bats didn't hesitate to get going early on, as three straight singles from Joe Serrano, Andrew Benintendi, and Tyler Spoon resulted in the Hogs' first run. Serrano scored on the Spoon single and the Hogs were off to an early 1-0 lead.

Tennessee tied it up at 1-1 after a two out solo home run by Nick Senzel in the top of the 3rd. It was a just barely over the center field wall out of Benintendi's reach, who lost his glove over the fence. Luckily for him, Serrano ran over and hopped the fence so Benintendi didn't have to risk injury. Gotta protect that draft stock, folks.

It wasn't tied long because in the bottom of that inning, Benintendi bombed his 16th home run of the season to give the Hogs a 2-1 lead. However, the Vols were able to tie it back up in the 4th. The wheels started to fall off for starter Trey Killian, who hit a batter with the bases loaded to tie it up. He eventually got out of the jam with the game tied 2-2.

Arkansas was able to expand on that lead in the bottom of the 6th. After a Benintendi double, Spoon put one out the the Hogpen in left field for a 4-1 lead for the hogs. James Teague came on to pitch the 7th and unfortunately for the Hogs did not bring his best stuff. He gave up three runs on four hits in just 1/3 of an inning of work. Zach Jackson came in and finished the game with an almost perfect 2 2/3 innings to close it out.

The Hogs didn't have a great shot at hosting a NCAA Regional going into tonight, but losing to a Tennessee team with a losing record, 20-24 (8-17), probably shuts the door on it. The Hogs could always have a good showing in the SEC Tournament, but that historically hasn't been the case.

These two will do it all again tomorrow at 6:05 p.m. and it's Senior Day at Baum.