Razorbacks Send Vols Packing

The Arkansas Razorbacks claimed a series victory over the Tennessee Volunteers with a 9-2 victory Sunday afternoon behind a strong performance from starting pitcher Charlie Isaacson.

The Razorbacks improved to 23-14 overall and 7-8 in the Southeastern Conference, while Tennessee fell to 20-22 overall and 6-12 in the SEC.

Isaacson earned his first win since March 8, when he got a 5-2 win over McNeese State. Isaacson improved to 2-5 after going six innings and allowing two runs, both earned, on seven hits with six strikeouts. With six strikeouts on the day, Isaacson moved into a tie for ninth all-time on the Razorback list with 191 K's. Isaacson is tied with Barry Lunney (1993-97) and Ray Harris (1985-88).

Rob Fitzgerald took the loss for Tennessee after allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits in three and two-thirds inning of work. Fitzgerald dropped to 0-1 on the year. For the third straight game, the Vols jumped on the scoreboard first. Walter Sevilla tripled to left-center to score Jordan Czarniecki (walk). Hal Bibee doubled to right-center to plate Sevilla for a 2-0 Tennessee lead.

The Razorbacks tied the game in the bottom of the second inning without getting a hit. Michael Conner and Scott Bridges walked and moved over on a sacrifice bunt by Jeff Fletcher. Cody Clark was hit by a pitch to load the bases with only one out. Scott Hode brought in the first run with a sacrifice fly to center that scored Conner. Bridges scored the tying run on a wild pitch by Fitzgerald.

Arkansas took a 3-2 lead in the third inning. Bridges singled with two outs to bring in Andrew Wishy who reached on a single.

The Razorbacks extended their lead with three runs in the sixth inning. Nick Pitts plated Cody Clark (single) with a sacrifice fly for the first run and a 4-2 lead. Luke Weatherford singled to score Hode (single) and Ryan Fox singled to bring home Kirk McConnell (walk) for a 6-2 advantage.

In the seventh inning, McConnell gave Arkansas a 7-2 lead with a sacrifice bunt that scored Fletcher (single).

Michael Conner put the Razorbacks up 9-2 with a two-run home run to left-center in the eighth inning. It was Conner's 11th home run of the year and his second of the series.

Relief pitchers Scott Woods and Kyler Pomeroy worked the final three innings allowing only two hits as the Razorbacks clinched the series win over the Vols 2-1.

With a 7-8 mark in the SEC, the Razorbacks trail Auburn (27-15 overall, 9-9 SEC) by a half-game for the eighth and final spot for the SEC Tournament. Arkansas has four SEC weekend series remaining with two at home and two on the road.

The Hogs will host Wichita State Tuesday at 5 p.m. Gary Hogan, Jr., who missed his scheduled start on Saturday due to illness, will take the mound against the Shockers.


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