Cobie Vance, who doesn’t hit many home runs, and Alabama’s home run leaders, Will Haynie and Chandler Taylor, all had homers in Fayetteville Friday night as the Crimson Tide took an 8-6 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Alabama and Arkansas will meet in the second game of the three-game series at 6 p.m. CDT Saturday.
Alabama improved to 28-21 overall and 13-12 in Southeastern Conference games, while Arkansas fell to 26-23, including 7-18 in the league.
Geoffrey Bramblett got the win going six innings and giving up two runs on five hits, striking out three and walking three. Relievers Sam Finnerty and Matt Foster had their problems, giving up two runs each as the Razorbacks pulled to within two runs before Thomas Burrows pitched the last 1 2/3 innings of no-run, no-hit ball to get the save.
Alabama led by 1-0 after its first at-bat with Cobie Vance hitting his second home run of the year. The Hogs tied it in the bottom of the second, helped by an interference call, and took the lead, 2-1, in the second with a double and RBI single.
Bama then scored seven unanswered runs over the next two innings.
In the third, Keith Holcombe walked and Vance was safe on an infield single. Georgie Salem’s sacrifice bunt put them in scoring position. Holcombe scored on a fielder’s choice with Vance going to third, from where he was able to score on a wild pitch. Haynie followed with a home run that put the Tide up by 4-2.
The fourth inning started with little promise after the first two batters were out. But Holcombe had an infield hit, Vance Walked, and Salem singled to drive in Holcombe. Taylor then cleaned the bases with a three-run homer that put the Tide up 8-2.
The Razorbacks scored two in the seventh and two in the eighth before Burrows came on to close the door.