AUBURN, Ala. -- After going hitless in his first two at bats Friday night, Collin Kuhn was batting a cool, even .200 on the season. He had nine hits in 45 at bats.
Perhaps the Arkansas leadoff man was just setting up Auburn for the kill. The junior from Beaver Dam, Wisc., doubled twice and singled in his next four at bats and was the difference down the stretch.
Kuhn scored the tying run after a leadoff single in the seventh, then doubled home the game winner in the top of the 11th as the Razorbacks outlasted the Tigers, 6-5, in the SEC baseball opener.
True freshman Nolan Sanburn got his first victory with three scoreless innings to finish the game. He struck out Kevin Patterson with the winning run to end the 10th inning. He pitched a perfect 11th. He threw 31 of his 41 pitches for strikes.
Arkansas improved to 15-2. Auburn slipped to 12-6.
Kuhn finished the night 3 for 6 with one run scored and 2 RBI. Matt Reynolds, hitting in the second spot, was 4 for 6, including a double and a triple.
Jarrod McKinney was 2 for 4 and two runs scored. He opened the 11th by taking a hit by pitch, then stealing second. Kuhn plated him with a double down the line in left field.
The Hogs jumped to a 4-1 lead, but the Tigers rallied to tie it on a 3-run double off the wall in center by Kevin Patterson off of UA starter DJ Baxendale. The UA ace had not allowed an earned run on the season, but gave up five on the night.
Randall Fant was first out of the UA bullpen. He allowed just one hit in two innings. Trent Daniel pitched 1.1 innings, with Sanburn coming on to start the ninth.
Arkansas 6, Auburn 5
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