Nick Schmidt battled through his second subpar pitching start in cold weather conditions, giving up two runs and four hits in five innings. But freshman Dallas Keuchel and the Arkansas lineup more than made up for Schmidt's struggles, as Keuchel handcuffed Kentucky's lineup for four shutout innings while the Razorbacks' bats came alive in a 10-2 win in the series opener. ON SATURDAY Kentucky 7, Arkansas 5 The Razorbacks left a season-high 16 runners stranded on base and committed a season-high five errors in an ugly 7-5 loss to the Wildcats. Junior Jess Todd struggled in his second pitching start -- allowing four earned run in three-plus innings -- and Kentucky got just enough timely hitting and pitching to even the three-game series through the first two games. ON SUNDAY Arkansas 14, Kentucky 5 Duke Welker pitched six solid innings -- giving up just two earned runs while striking out a career-high nine batters -- and Arkansas exploded for six runs in the top of the seventh inning to help break open a close game at the time in a 14-5 victory. Senior Danny Hamblin continued his resurgence at the plate, hitting two home runs and driving in four and Arkansas won it's opening Southeastern Conference series for the first time since 2005. 3-UP 1. Welker struck out a season-high nine batters in six innings Sunday. 2. Kentucky starting pitcher Greg Dombrowski forced 11 ground ball outs in just four innings pitched Sunday. 3. Hamblin belted two homers Sunday for his third multi-home run game of his Arkansas career. 3-DOWN 1. Wildcats pitchers combined to hit six Arkansas batters, including three in the ninth inning alone. 2. Kentucky used seven pitchers Sunday, causing the game to last more than three and half hours for the third game in a row. 3. Arkansas committed two more errors Sunday and finished with eight in the three-game series.
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