Junior pitcher Trey Killian pitched seven perfect innings for Arkansas on Sunday, but left because of a pitch count in just his second outing of the season as Vanderbilt earned a 1-0 baseball victory to sweep the opening series of SEC play.
Arkansas lost its sixth straight, the longest losing streak since 2000. Killian is bouncing back from a sore elbow that put him on the shelf on a Team USA tour last summer. He did not pitch in the fall, resuming workouts in January. He pitched for the first time last weekend and was still on a pitch count against Vandy.
Vanderbilt, defending national champ, won it with a walk-off single in the ninth. The Commodores won with a walk-off in the 12th inning in the second game of Saturday's double header.
Arkansas had a chance to take the lead in the eighth, just after Killian's exit. But Rick Nomura's bid for a sacrifice fly went for naught when Clark Eagan was thrown out at the plate.
Killian was perfect in every sense of the word, tossing 7.0 innings and retiring all 21 batters he faced. He never went to three balls on any hitter and added six strikeouts to dominate the Commodores.
Clark Eagan kept the no-hitter alive in the fifth inning when he dove and snagged a line drive mid-air to keep the perfect game alive. Killian left the game after reaching his pitch count during his return from injury. He threw 83 pitches, 62 of which were strikes.
Arkansas had a chance to take the lead in the eighth inning with the bases loaded and one out, but Rick Nomura lifted a fly ball to right field and Eagan was thrown out at the plate trying to score to end the inning.
Vanderbilt recorded its first hit of the day in the eighth inning off Josh Alberius and went on to score a run in the ninth to earn the 1-0 victory.
The Razorbacks return to action Tuesday evening, welcoming Southeast Missouri State to town for a two-game midweek series. First pitch at Baum Stadium is slated for 6:35 p.m.
Vanderbilt Outlasts Killian, 1-0
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