Godley pitched his fifth complete game this season and Bennett went 3-for-5 with five RBIs as Tennessee put up a season-highs number of runs and hits against the Razorbacks and took an 8-3 win before 6,847 fans at Baum Stadium.
The Volunteers (20-26, 7-16) put the game away with three runs in the ninth - two on Bennett's bases-loaded single – and had 13 hits to grab the surprise win over the Razorbacks (32-17, 15-9) in the opener of a three-game weekend series.
"We didn't do much of anything," said Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn, whose team had just four hits. "We didn't pitch very well. We didn't do anything well. We didn't hit obviously. Zack Godley was the story. He just stuck it to us."
The Vols did their damage against an Arkansas pitching staff, whose national-leading ERA went from 1.77 to 1.88 during the game.
"This is huge," Serrano said. "I told the team before the game that this is one of the best atmospheres you can play in in college baseball and if we were going to have trouble getting excited about playing here then we had issues. I thought we handled it extremely well and played good baseball."
Godley went the distance while giving up three runs, allowing four hits, fanning eight and walking two while tossing 120 pitches against the Razorbacks, who are 6-7 in SEC home games this season and 9-2 on the road.
His only big mistake was a hanging slider in the fourth inning that Razorback first baseman Dominic Ficociello rocketed out of the park for a two-run homer that put his team ahead 2-1.
"He made one mistake on an 0-2 pitch to Dominic and he gave us the lead temporarily and then we didn't stop them," Van Horn said. "They scored four innings in a row after we got the lead. That was disappointing, but give credit to them. They played extremely well and we didn't play very well."
Van Horn continued to praise Godley, who is now 5-6 this season while winning three of his complete games and losing a pair.
"He's a warrior out there," Van Horn said. "He plans on giving them eight anyway. He just fills up the zone. He's got a hard, tight breaking ball that – as you could tell – our hitters had a hard time recognizing its spin. He didn't leave too many balls in the middle of the plate and would show you a change up every now and then and knows how to pitch with a lead. He got after us."
It was the ninth time this season that Godley had thrown over 100 pitches a game this season and he admitted to being pumped pitching before a large crowd.
"It's a huge victory for us to come in here on a Friday night in this atmosphere," Godley said. "This is the best atmosphere we've played in all year, the most people we've played around.
"I'm glad I could come out and perform the way I did," Godley added. "The defense played unbelievable tonight and our offense helped me out. I just wanted to put it in play and let my defense work and they were unreal tonight."
Arkansas looked like it was going to get a good performance from starter and loser Barrett Astin (4-3) who allowed just one hit through the first three innings.
He would end up giving up a trio of runs before leaving with two outs in the top of the sixth down 3-2 after Bennett ripped a two-run double over the head of Matt Vinson in center, a one-hopper off the wall.
"He was starting to throw the ball mid-thigh around the waist and they did a good job of hitting it," Van Horn said. "It happens. He battled. He gave us some innings. We didn't help him out a whole lot."
Bennett, who came into the game with just nine RBIs and 57 at-bats in an injury-plagued season, brought the lumber against the Razorbacks.
"He doesn't have a ton of at bats, he's just hot," Van Horn said. "He's just kind of gone in there and took that job. They have moved him up there in an RBI position and he's taken advantage of it."
Serrano echoed that sentiment.
"That's his leadership," Serrano said. "He's been banged up a little bit with soreness in leg, but he's been important for us since we put him in the middle of the order. He gobbled up some runs for us tonight and that was huge."
Tennessee scratched first with a run in the top of the fourth on three singles, the final of which was Bennett's RBI hit that plated A.J. Simcox with one of his three runs scored for a 1-0 lead.
But the Razorbacks responded with Vinson opening the bottom of the fourth with a walk and then going to second and face-planting into the base on a fielder's choice.
That brought up Ficociello, who completely whiffed through a 0-1 slider from Godley.
But when Godley tried to sneak another slider past him on 0-2, the lefty-swinging Ficociello promptly launched a rocket over the right field fence for his third homer of the season.
"The first pitch was a fastball that I took, second pitch he threw me a curve ball or slider in the dirt and the third pitch was another slider," Ficociello said. "I just told myself after I chased that first slider in the dirt to see it up a little bit. I kind of expected him to throw it again and he left it up a little bit and I put the barrel on it."
It stayed that way until Bennett's two-run double in the sixth that surged the Vols ahead 3-2.
Trent Daniel relieved later in the inning and threw one pitch to get out of a first and third situation with two outs.
Tennessee pushed that lead to 4-2 in the seventh on Pierce Bily's double, an error on Daniel and then a sacrifice squeeze bunt by Simcox.
Arkansas cut it to 4-3 in the seventh when Jordan Farris broke an 0-for-14 streak with a double and eventually came home on Brett McAfee's fielder's choice when Jake Wise broke up a possible double play at second.
But Vincent Jackson clubbed a solo homer in the top of the eighth against reliever Brandon Moore to give the visitors a 5-3 edge.
"We punch in a run in the bottom of the seventh and then we give up a solo home run in the eighth, that hurt," Van Horn said. "We had to work kind of hard to score that run and then to give it up on a home run was difficult."
Bennett then delivered a bases-loaded, two-run single in the ninth against Trey Killian and another run scored via wild pitch. All three of those runs were charged to Moore.
"We want to get back in the dugout down two and we felt like we could get a runner on and anything could happen, but they got a couple of big hits and that's the way it goes," Van Horn said.
Arkansas, which is 3-0 on Saturday after losing a Friday night series opener this season, will send ace Ryne Stanek (6-2) to the mound on Saturday in a 6:05 p.m. game.
"Obviously we need to win tomorrow if we are going to have a chance to win the series," Van Horn said. "We have got to find a way to win tomorrow. Hopefully, we will show up and play a little better."