It’s hard to play away from your own stadium. It’s hard to switch from the Friday to Sunday Schedule to the Thursday to Saturday Schedule. It’s hard to deal with rain and suspended games, but what do you do with 36 hours off when your Thursday Night game gets rained out when you have a 1-0 lead starting the bottom of the 2nd?
Blaine Knight came back to pitch on Saturday and after a 3-run blip in the 2nd, he held the Vols scoreless in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings, which gave the Razorback offense a chance to tie the game up. The Hogs actually had a 4-3 lead in the top of the 6th, but it wouldn’t last long. With the bases loaded and one out, Spanberger made a fielding error that allowed the go-ahead run to score for the Vols. In the 3 innings that followed, the 5-4 lead would hold up as Arkansas would only earn one more hit in the game.
Game 2 started up in the afternoon with Trevor Stephan on the mound for the Hogs and little to no offense for both sides. Stephan would fan 11 batters through 7 innings only allowing 1 hit and 2 walks. Arkansas would get its scoring from Dominic Fletcher’s Home-run in the 5th inning and Shaddy scoring a run off of a Cole hit in the 7th. The game would end at 2-0 for the Hogs after 7. College baseball prefers games run to 9 innings, but I’m sure that 7 innings was planned for the start on this one with it being a doubleheader.
The final home stand will take place in Fayetteville this weekend as Vanderbilt comes to town. Vanderbilt is 12-11 in SEC play this season. Seniors Alex Gosser, Josh Alberius, Dominic Taccolini, Jake Arledge, and Cannon Chadwick will be honored before the Sunday game.
The Razorbacks are 1.5 games behind Mississippi State and Florida in the SEC Standings.