Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn had hoped to use a three-game series at No. 9 Vanderbilt to get his team back on track after its recent slump. But things didn't go according to plan.
Rain washed out one game entirely, and the Diamond Hogs left disappointed after letting an unconventional doubleheader slip away Sunday afternoon with a pair of losses — 6-5 and 6-2 — at Hawkins Field.
"Yeah, we would have liked to have played three (games), but we should have won the two that we played, that's the way I look at it," Van Horn said. "We had every opportunity to bust open both of those games and never did, and that's what sends you home early."
Sunday proved to be a short, but frustrating day for the Razorbacks.
Vanderbilt third baseman Brian Harris hit a walk-off double with two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning to lift the Commodores to a 6-5 win and put an end to a game that had started 21 hours earlier.
Arkansas and Vanderbilt began the first game at 3:09 p.m. Saturday, but play was suspended when neither team was able to pull out the victory by midnight. The game included a nearly five-hour rain delay.
But the Commodores finally earned the victory at 12:18 p.m. Sunday when Arkansas' Casey Coon couldn't hold on to Harris' deep shot after jumping up against the left field wall to catch the ball.
"I don't know," Van Horn said. "It was a hard day."
Things were perhaps even more frustrating for Arkansas in Sunday's second game, which started 30 minutes after the first one ended.
The Razorbacks loaded the bases in three separate innings, but came away empty-handed each time. In total, they left 13 runners on-base to allow Vanderbilt to cruise to a 6-2 victory in the shortened, seven-inning game.
As a result, Vanderbilt won its first series over Arkansas in school history, dating back to 1994.
"It's very frustrating to see me myself go down and other guys go down when we've got guys in scoring position with less than two outs," Arkansas right fielder Sean Jones said.
The Razorbacks opened the second game with a single, a sacrifice bunt and a pair of Commodores' miscues to load the bases with no outs. But Arkansas failed to take advantage of the opportunity.
Andy Wilkins hit a shallow flyball for the first out, and the rally ended when Brett Eibner and Jacob House both struck out looking.
The Diamond Hogs had a chance at redemption when they again loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the third. But to Van Horn's dismay, they came up empty.
"That was the most difficult part of the last two days, is leaving all those runners on-base with a chance to really bust the game open last night and probably win it," Van Horn said. "And then again today, in the first inning bases loaded, no outs and we don't score, send all the momentum over to (Vanderbilt's) dugout."
Arkansas right-hander Kendall Korbal (0-4) gave up three hits and four runs in 1 2/3 innings to earn the loss. Meanwhile, sophomore Stephen Richards (1-2) was credited with the loss in the first game, surrendering two hits and one run in 1 2/3 innings.
Unlike the previous two days, Sunday wasn't mired by rain, though the sky was overcast. In total, Arkansas and Vanderbilt faced around 7 1/2 hours worth of rain delays during the weekend.
It made things difficult for both teams.
"You're just trying to get in some type of flow, but you can't," Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin said. "There was no rhythm to the weekend whatsoever.
"In six years, I've never had a weekend like this ever before as far as weather is concerned."
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