Vandy Sweeps doubleheader from Hogs

Arkansas had defending national champion Vanderbilt on the ropes after bashing ace Carson Fulmer, but lost in 12 innings after giving up four runs in the ninth. Vanderbilt romped in the nightcap, 9-1.

Arkansas battered Vanderbilt ace Carson Fulmer with back-to-back home runs to build a 7-3 lead, but the Commodores rallied for four runs in the ninth before winning 8-7 in 12 innings in the opener of a doubleheader.

Vandy sent 11 batters to the plate in the fifth, scoring five, to pull away for a 9-1 victory in the nightcap. The Commodores outhit the Hogs, 13-7, in the second game. Andrew Benintendi's solo homer accounted for the only UA run.

Rick Nomura and Bobby Wernes went back-to-back against Fulmer. He had given up just two homers in over 170 innings before the Hogs touched him for a pair in the second inning.

The Hogs, with losses in five straight games, couldn't hold the lead when Zach Jackson ran out of steam and Jacob Stone couldn't close. Jackson walked four in the ninth.

After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning on a long ball by the Commodores, Arkansas came right back in the second inning and showed off some power of its own, smacking back-to-back solo home runs to knot the score 2-2.

Nomura provided the first homer down the right field line, while Wernes followed with a shot to left-center to quiet the Vanderbilt crowd.

Arkansas would go on to score three runs in the fourth and single runs in the eighth and ninth innings to take a 7-3 lead with three outs to get.

The Commodores would save their rally for the ninth inning however, scoring four runs to knot the score 7-7 and force extra innings.

Vanderbilt had a chance to win the game in the 10th inning with runners on second and third with one out, but the Commodores tried to score on a fly out to right field and Tyler Spoon had other ideas. Spoon made the catch down the line and fired a strike home to Shaddy who fielded the one-hopper and missed the diving runner who missed home plate and danced around in the circle. Shaddy missed another tag and flipped the ball to a waiting Stone who tagged the runner for the final out of the inning.

Vanderbilt would go on to win the 12th inning on a walk-off one-out double

Clark Eagan finished the game with three hits, while Chad Spanberger went 2-for-4 with a double, triple and two runs batted in. Stone (0-2) was tagged with the loss in relief.

In the nightcap, UA starter Dominic Taccolini pitched four strong innings. The Hogs, on the strength of Benintendi's fourth homer of the season, trailed only 2-1 going into the bottom of the fifth. Taccolini and Parker Sanburn gave up five runs in the fifth and the Commodores coasted.

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