LEXINGTON, KY (UofA) - Arkansas and Kentucky closed its three-game series by splitting a Sunday doubleheader. After Kentucky won the first game 3-1, Arkansas picked up a win in the series finale, claiming a 4-1 victory.
With the doubleheader split, Arkansas is now 28-11 and 9-9 in the Southeastern Conference, while Kentucky drops to 19-22 and 4-14 in SEC play. The win in the second game of the doubleheader was the 1900th in program history.
Collin Kuhn, James McCann and Jarrod McKinney each had two hits in the doubleheader to lead the Razorbacks at the plate. Tim Carver, Kuhn, McCann, McKinney and Matt Reynolds each drove in a run.
Game One: Arkansas drops second game of series, 3-1
Luke Maile homered and drove in two runs, while Corey Littrell gave up just one run in 5.2 innings as Kentucky defeated Arkansas 3-1 in the resumption of game two of the weekend series.
Arkansas dropped to 27-11 overall and 8-9 in Southeastern Conference play, while Kentucky is now 19-21 and 4-13 in SEC play.
Littrell earned the win to improve to 5-3 on the season. Littrell gave up a run on three hits with four strikeouts in 5.2 innings.
Trevor Gott earned his second save of the year, striking out both batters he faced in the ninth inning.
Cade Lynch dropped to 4-2, receiving the loss in the contest. Lynch gave up two runs, on two hits with four strikeouts in 4.1 innings.
Collin Kuhn went 1-for-3 with a RBI to lead the Razorbacks at the plate. Tim Carver added a hit and scored a run, while Dominic Ficociello, Jarrod McKinney and Matt Reynolds each had a basehit.
Maile hit his sixth homer of the season and drove in two runs to lead the Wildcats at the plate. Thomas McCarthy had a pair of hits and drove in a run.
Kentucky struck first with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Thomas McCarthy singled to center and a batter later, he came into score on a two-out, two-run home run by Luke Maile.
Arkansas cut the lead to one with a run in the top of the sixth. Tim Carver led off the inning with a single to left and then moved to second on a ground out to short by Matt Reynolds. Collin Kuhn drove in Carver with a double down the left field line to trim the Kentucky lead to 2-1.
Kentucky was able to get an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth. With one out, Chad Wright and Taylor Black hit back-to-back singles to put runners on first and second. After an infield fly to second, Thomas McCarthy singled up the middle to score Wright.
The Razorbacks were able to get the tying run to the plate in the top of the ninth, but couldn't push any runs across. With one out, Dominic Ficociello doubled to the left-center field alley for his 13th two-bagger of the season. However, Gott came in to strike out the next two batters to close the game.
Game Two: Daniel pitches Razorbacks to 4-1 win in series finale
Trent Daniel threw 3.1 innings of shutout baseball, while Kyle Atkins and James McCann each added two hits as Arkansas defeated Kentucky 4-1 in a rain-shortened series finale on Sunday afternoon.
Arkansas improves to 28-11 and 9-9 in the SEC, while Kentucky drops to 19-22 and 4-14 in league play. The win for the Razorbacks was the 1900th in program history.
Arkansas led the game 5-1 in the bottom of the sixth when the game was called due to lightning. Since the sixth inning was not completed, the score reverted to 4-1, which was the score at the end of the fifth inning.
Daniel was excellent on the mound, en route to earning his second win of the season. Daniel allowed just two hits and struck out five over 3.1 shutout innings.
Kentucky starter Taylor Rogers took the loss to drop to 2-5. Rogers threw all five innings and allowed four runs on eight hits with two strikeouts.
Arkansas starter Brandon Moore received a no decision, allowing a run on four hits with two strikeouts in a 1.2 innings.
Atkins and McCann led the Razorbacks at the plate as each went 2-for-2. McCann drove in a run and scored once, while Atkins also scored a run. Tim Carver, Jarrod McKinney and Matt Reynolds each added a RBI in the victory.
Matt Reida had a pair of hits for Kentucky and drove in a run, while J.T. Riddle scored a run.
The Wildcats struck first with a run in the bottom of the second. Riddle reached on a bunt single to start the inning and then advanced to third on a hit-and-run single to left field by Michael Williams. A two-out RBI single to right by Reida drove in the game's first run.
Arkansas tied the game in the top of the third. Atkins singled to right to start the rally. A base hit to center by Tim Carver advanced Atkins to second. Jacob Rice laid down a sacrifice bunt to move each runner up a base. Reynolds tied the game with a sacrifice fly to right field.
The Razorbacks took the lead for good with three runs in the top of the fourth. Kyle Robinson doubled to the left-center field gap leading off the inning. A ground out by Ficociello advanced Robinson to third. McCann drove what would turn out to be the game-winning run with an infield single to shortstop. McKinney added on to the lead with a double to the wall in right-center field, bringing home McCann from first base. An infield single by Atkins put runners at the corners with just one out. Carver drove in the third run of the inning and the fourth of the game with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Kentucky would load the bases with one out in the inning, but Arkansas got out of the inning unscathed as Daniel struck out Thomas McCarthy and Dallen Reber to end the inning.
Arkansas returns to action on Tuesday, hosting Saint Louis. First pitch at Baum Stadium is set for 6:35 p.m.