The number one Razorbacks 38-9 (18-7) battled back from a 5-0 deficit in the first inning to win game one of the series against the Tennessee Volunteers 38-12 (17-8) by a score of 6-5.
How did it happen? Tennessee was hot early on tonight with an 2-RBI double by Spence to bring home two Volunteers. Two batters later, Beck hit a three run homer to go up 5-0 and it looked like the Hogs were shook.
That was not the case as Robert Moore got the Razorbacks on the board with a two run shot to right field. That one scored Christian Franklin who singled prior to the home run.
Cayden Wallace got things going in the third with a two out single. The very next at bat, Brady Slavens would hit a missileto left field to bring the Hogs within one run, scoring Wallace.
The Hogs tied the game in the fifth inning off a Wallace single to left field. That one scored Jalen Battles to tie the game and the Hogs showed they still had life.
The Razorbacks would finally take the lead for the first time on the night with a sacrifice fly to deep center field by Robert Moore. It would score Slavens from third and you could hear a pen drop inside Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Patrick Wicklander was rocked early on by the Volunteers at the plate. He would be replaced by Caden Monke who would pitch the next 3 2/3 innings. Wicklander ended with 2.2 innings pitched, five runs on six hits, two strikeouts but gave up a home run and two earned runs.
Monke has become a dependable middle reliever as of late. He recorded three strikeouts against 17 batters and did not allow a single hit.
In the seventh inning, Kopps entered the game. The man has been magical thus far and it continued tonight. He pitched the final three innings allowing one hit and two strikeouts after facing 11 batters. His ERA stays incredibly low at a 0.68.
There were also several acrobatic circus catches made in the outfield tonight. Cayden Wallace had a sliding catch in right field. Franklin had a diving stop in the second that looked like it would drop right in front of him. Braydon Webb recorded the second out in the ninth inning leaping to steal what could have been a game-tying home run.
The Razorbacks and Volunteers will return to the diamond for game two of the series for an early 11 AM brunch matchup live on the SEC Network.