Home Runs Halt Vanderbilt's Win Streak
as No. 25 Arkansas Cruises to 17-7 Win
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Five Arkansas home runs, including
four three-run blasts carried the Razorbacks to an easy
17-7 win over Vanderbilt Saturday, April 12, at Baum
Stadium. Arkansas improves to 26-7 overall and 8-6 in
the Southeastern Conference. The loss snaps Vanderbilt's
four-game SEC winning streak, lowering its record to
17-16 overall and 6-8 in league play.
Ryan Fox went 3-for-4 with five RBI and four runs
scored. He led the long ball attack for Arkansas, connecting
on a three-run shot in the first inning and a two-run
homer in the second frame. It marked his 12th and 13th
homers of the season.
With Vanderbilt leading 1-0 after a half inning, Arkansas
posted eight runs on Commodore starter Robert Ransom
(3-1) in the bottom of the first. The Razorbacks sent
12 batters to the plate with eight of the first nine
batters reaching base. Andrew Wishy put the Razorbacks
ahead 3-1 when he homered over the right center field
wall, scoring Nick Pitts and Kirk McConnell. It marked
sixth long ball of the year and second of the series.
Four batters later, Fox knocked the first of two long
balls on the day, a three-run shot to left field, plating
Haas Pratt and Brady Toops. Pitts pushed the lead to
7-1 when he singled in Scott Bridges. McConnell bunted
in Scott Hode from third base to complete the scoring
in the inning.
Fox's second blast of the day, a two-run blast to
left field extended the Arkansas lead to 10-2 in the
bottom of the second.
Pratt chased Ransom from the game with two outs in
the third when he hit the game's third three-run homer
over the wall in left field. It was Pratt's ninth home
run of the year.
Arkansas capped off its scoring in the seventh when
Bridges sent a Blake Owen pitch over the wall in left
center field for three more runs. It was Bridges second
long ball of the year.
Clint Brannon (2-1) picked up the win for Arkansas,
allowing nine hits, five runs (three earned), a walk
and two strikeouts.
Vanderbilt was never able to rally but posted 10 or
more hits in three consecutive games for the first time
this season. Ryan Klosterman led the way, going 3-for-5
with a run scored. John Kaye and Jonathan Douillard
had two hits apiece.
Warner Jones' RBI single in the first to put Vanderbilt
Zach Simpson grounded out to shortstop in the second
inning, plating Tony Mansolino to pull Vanderbilt within
an 8-2 deficit.
Vanderbilt scored three times in the fifth on a RBI
double by Cesar Nicolas, a RBI single by Ryan Godfrey
and a wild pitch from Brannon that brought home Nicolas.
That made the score 14-5.
Jonathan Douillard singled in a run in the seventh
and Matt McGraner singled in a run in the ninth.
The rubber match of the three-game series is Sunday
at 1 p.m.