The Commodores unloaded offensively on Razorback pitchers for the second straight game and its hurlers ran their two-game whiff total to 25 while recording a 13-6 win Saturday afternoon before 9,196 fans at Baum Stadium.
"I'm disappointed in the way we got behind early," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "They played well and they pitched well. They didn't walk anybody early in the game and didn't give us a thing. They had their opportunity and they took advantage of it."
Vanderbilt (21-13, 7-7) - whose pitchers were unscored on for the first 17 innings of this series - has now assured itself of its first-ever series win in Fayetteville even before Sunday's 1:05 p.m. contest.
It was a nine-run fifth inning outburst that did in the Razorbacks (24-8, 10-4) on Saturday after a five-run rally did on Friday night in a 9-0 loss.
"What put us behind the 8-ball is that we didn't play good defense," Van Horn said. "They did a good job of putting together an incredible inning. Nine-run innings are few and far between. Everything they did worked.
"It was pretty devastating for us. With the wind blowing in and the way they were pitching we were in big trouble."
Arkansas was down 11-0 Saturday before finally denting the scoreboard against Vandy starter and winner Caleb Cotham with three home runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Brett Eibner and Ryan Cisterna went back-to-back – the first time UA batters have done so all year – with Eibner's being his fifth blast and Cisterna's fourth of the year.
Andy Wilkins then capped his team's scoring by launching a two-run shot – his 10th of the season – to cut it to 11-4.
That was all the offense until Travis Sample hit the Razorbacks' season-high fourth homer in the ninth inning to set the final score.
One night after Mike Minor shutout the Razorbacks, Cotham (5-3) pitched seven innings, fanning 12 while allowing five hits, the four runs and walking just one.
"We have kind of been fake it until you make it," Cotham said. "We know we are a good team, but we had been going through a tough stretch. We just tried to stay confident and know it was going to turn around sometime.
"Arkansas is a great team and I know they are going to bounce back tomorrow," Cotham said. "A sweep in the SEC on the road is a big thing. It's great to win a series on the road, but that third day is a big deal - especially to us with our record and the records of other people."
Wilkins attributed Arkansas' woes to great pitching on the other side.
"Those two starting pitchers are real good," said Wilkins, who was one of just three Arkansas batters to not strike out Saturday. "They're throwing exceptionally well and locating all of their pitches.
"We've got to be a little bit tougher. Tomorrow we have to come out and cut down on our strikeouts, cut down on the flyouts and get back to our old ways."
Steven Liddle had a homer and three RBIs and Riley Reynolds and Jonathan White both had three hits each as Vanderbilt out-hit Arkansas 14-7 and was perfect in the field while the Razorbacks committed four errors.
Arkansas starter T.J. Forrest (2-3) lasted 4 1/3 innings while giving up five runs on five hits, walking three and fanning two.
The Commodores - who jumped out 2-0 in the third on Andrew Giobbi's RBI groundout and Liddle's homer – certainly gave Cotham a cushion in the fifth.
Vanderbilt sent 13 batters to the plate, scoring the nine runs on just five hits, a pair of errors, three walks and a hit batter.
The Razorbacks used three pitchers on Saturday with Mike Bolsinger relieving Forrest and giving up five runs without recording an out.
That brought in Justin Wells, who was scheduled to start Sunday, to finish out the contest with 4 2/3 innings.
Eibner will make his first weekend start Sunday.
Chase Leavitt watches Steven Liddle's two-run homer leave the yard.
Andy Wilkins hit his 10th homer, one of the Razorbacks' season-high four on the day.
Ben Tschepikow fires to first to complete a double play.
Tschepikow grabs the throw as Vanderbilt's Jonathan White swipes second base in the fifth inning with his team up 11-0.
Arkansas shortstop Scott Lyons
Vanderbilt starter Caleb Cotham fanned 12 Arkansas batters while going seven innings.
Razorback starter T.J. Forrest was touched for five runs.
Vanderbilt shortstop Brian Harris gets the ball away with Leavitt sliding into second.