First Kuhn Homer

The Razorbacks only tallied one run Friday night, but it came on a meaningful hit by Collin Kuhn. The freshman left fielder drilled his first career home run off Alabama starter Austin Hyatt with two outs in the third, giving Arkansas an early 1-0 lead.

Kuhn smacked the first pitch he saw from Hyatt over the fence in right-center field.

"It was great to get the first one," Kuhn said. "The pitcher threw pretty well all day, and I was just trying to get something going. It just turned out to be a home run. It was nothing too special for me because we couldn't pull off a win."

Hyatt didn't sound too annoyed about seeing his shutout ruined because of an opposite-field homer by Arkansas' No. 9 hitter. In fact, he complimented Kuhn.

"It wasn't a bad pitch," Hyatt said. "He just went with it."

Plays At First

Usually, third base is considered the "hot corner." Not so Friday night. Alabama first baseman Wes Henderson had several Arkansas hitters slap hard grounders his way during the Crimson Tide's 2-1 victory. Henderson fielded his position well and saved at least one run throughout the contest.

The most meaningful play came in the top of the sixth. Arkansas mounted a two-out rally off Hyatt and, with two runners on, freshman Zack Cox ripped a hard grounder that looked bound for right field. Henderson sprawled to his right, gloved the ball, popped up and flipped to Hyatt for the final out.

"He made two, maybe three, really good plays over there," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "Who knows what happens if he doesn't make those plays?"

Short Hops

Cox finished 0-for-4 and saw his career-high hitting streak end at nine games. ... Arkansas didn't have any players record more than one hit and its Nos. 3-8 hitters combined to go 0-for-19. ... The first walk of the contest for either team came when Arkansas starter Dallas Keuchel put Taylor Dugas on base with one out in the eighth. ... Alabama avoided being shutout at home during league play for the first time since 1992. The Crimson Tide has scored at home in 248 consecutive SEC contests. ... Cisterna now has five passed balls this season. ... Alabama clinched a spot in the SEC Tournament with the victory. Arkansas' magic number is one, meaning the Razorbacks can seal up a trip to Hoover, Ala., with a win today.



WHEN: 4 p.m.

WHERE: Sewell-Thomas Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

ON THE AIR: KFAY-AM 1030; KURM-AM 790, FM-100.3; KHGG-AM 1580, FM-103.1; KXIO-FM 106.9

RECORDS: Arkansas 31-15, 14-10 Southeastern Conference; Alabama 33-15, 15-9

SERIES RECORD: Alabama leads 36-21

TODAY'S PROBABLE PITCHERS: Arkansas, T.J. Forrest (2-3, 4.74 ERA); Alabama, Del Howell (5-2, 5.44 ERA)

Arkansas Razorbacks Upcoming Schedule

Date Opponent Site Time

May 9 at Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala. 4 p.m.

May 10 at Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala. 2 p.m.

May 12 Oral Roberts Fayetteville 6:35 p.m.

May 14 Ole Miss Fayetteville 6:35 p.m.

May 15 Ole Miss Fayetteville 6:35 p.m.

May 16 Ole Miss Fayetteville 2:05 p.m.

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