LEXINGTON – The real winner of this weekend's Arkansas-Kentucky baseball season was the rain.
But the Razorbacks kept from being the big loser on Sunday when they downed the previously woeful Wildcats 4-1 in the rain-shortened nightcap of a twinbill.
That victory kept Arkansas (28-11, 9-9) from being swept by Kentucky (19-22, 4-18) and also allowed the Razorbacks to stay in a three-way tie for the SEC West lead with Auburn and Ole Miss.
The Razorbacks will host St. Louis University on Tuesday night at 6:35 p.m. and then travel to Georgia for a three-game set beginning Friday.
The third Arkansas-Kentucky game and series ended just it began - with a rain delay. Rain postponed Friday's opener and came into play in all three games.
The finale ended with the Wildcats – who had won Sunday's opener 3-1 - having the bases loaded and tying run at the plate in the sixth inning of a scheduled seven-inning contest.
It was the tying run because James McCann's homer in the top of the sixth had pushed the Razorbacks ahead 5-1 – a blast that officially never happened.
The homer was taken off the books because the sixth inning didn't finish and thus the score and stats reverted back to the end of the fifth inning.
No inning could have been started after 7 p.m. EST anyway.
Arkansas reliever Trent Daniel was the pitching star of the finale while working 3 1/3 innings of shutout baseball.
He fanned five and walked two while picking up the win.
McCann and Kyle Atkins both had a pair of hits for the Razorbacks, who had to rally from a 1-0 deficit.
Matt Reynolds' sacrifice fly tied it in the third and then Arkansas put up a trio of runs in the top of the fourth.
McCann, Jarrod McKinney and Tim Carver all had run-scoring hits in the frame.
The Wildcats had taken a 3-2 win in the day's opening game, which was actually a resumption of Saturday's scheduled second game.
That game resumed after an 18-hour, 40-minute rain delay that started Saturday night with the game scoreless in the third inning.
Luke Mailee blasted a two-run homer off Arkansas reliever Cade Lynch (4-2) in the fourth to put his team up 2-0.
Collin Kuhn's RBI double played Tim Carver and cut that lead in half in the sixth and chased Kentucky starter and winner Corey Littrell (5-3).
Tyler Black's RBI single in the eighth capped the scoring in the opener.
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