Kentucky 3, Arkansas 2

Kentucky downs Arkansas 3-2 on a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning of the opener of a scheduled doubleheader, which has its nightcaps rained out in the third inning. Arkansas (27-10, 8-8) will be in three-way tie for first place in the SEC West heading into Sunday's noon CST twinbill.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Even the best have off days.

After his team handed him a lead in the top of the ninth, Arkansas closer Nolan Sanburn gave up a pair of Kentucky runs in the ninth as the Wildcats downed the Razorbacks 3-2 in the opening game of a twinbill.

The winning run scored when Thomas McCarthy coaxed a two-out bases-loaded walk from Sanburn (2-2), who was looking for his ninth save.

Arkansas (27-10, 8-8) and Kentucky (18-21, 3-13) had their second game rained out in the third inning and will now play a doubleheader on Sunday beginning at noon CST.

Razorback ace D.J. Baxendale (5-1, 1.62) started the second game, but left right before the rain delay when his blister caused a problem again.

Ole Miss (9-9), Auburn (9-9), Arkansas (8-8) are in a three-way tie at the top of the SEC Western Division.

It was a four-way tie, but Alabama (8-9) lost to Florida on Saturday night.

Alex Meyer (4-5) went the distance while allowing Arkansas just one earned run on three hits, but was victimized by a pair of errors behind him in in the ninth.

The Razorbacks took the lead when Collin Kuhn reached third on a three-base error by Kentucky center fielder and scored when Kyle Robinson's grounder was botched by first baseman.

That set the stage for the bottom of the ninth when Michael Williams led off with a single before Matt Redia pinch ran for him.

Reida moved up on a sacrifice and moved to third on Paul McConkey's infield single.

Chad Wright's RBI single tied it and then Taylor Black's single loaded the bases.

Arkansas got the second out of the inning when McConkey was out at the plate on Braden Kapteyn's fielder's choice.

But McCarthy's eye at the plate allowed Kentucky to win just its third of 16 SEC games so far.

The Razorbacks had taken a 1-0 lead in the second when Robinson walked and James McCann doubled him home.

Michael Williams's RBI double tied it in the sixth against Arkansas starter Randall Fant, who went seven innings while allowing one run on seven hits, fanning five and issuing no walks.

Barrett Austin pitched a scoreless eighth before giving way to Sanburn.

McCann, Carver and Sam Bates each had one of the Razorbacks' three hits.

Williams had three of this team's 12 hits.


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