Hogs take game three and series away from Vanderbilt

The Razorbacks established themselves early with a 1st inning two run home run and they never looked back as they would go on to defeat Vanderbilt, 7-1 and take the series set from the Commodores. Another game where lack of hitting and pushing across runs with runners in scoring position, doomed the Commodores yet again.

Vanderbilt (30-21/13-13) was put away early on Sunday afternoon as Arkansas set the tone in the 1st inning and never looked back as they Razorbacks would go on to win game three, 7-1 and take the three game series from the Commodores. 

Arkansas (37-14/16-10) went straight after Commodores starting pitcher Chandler Day in inning one as his very first pitch was lined into the outfield by Jake Arledge. He was able to make his way around the third until Grant Koch came to the plate and knocked him in. Koch launched a no doubter home run into the left field seats to put the Hogs up 2-0 and more damage was still to come. 

Day would only go four innings on the day, allowing three earned runs on five hits while striking out only one. His command was better on this day but he did nothing to fool the Razorback hitters.

The very next inning, Vanderbilt would put their only run of the day on the board as Julian Infante nailed a solo shot over the wall for his 11th home run of the season. That would end up being the only run of the game for Vanderbilt as the Arkansas pitching staff kept the Commodore hitters dormant.

Maddux Conger replaced Day in the fourth and didn't fare much better. Single runs were added by Arkansas in the 4th and 5th innings but in the 6th, the long ball would come into play yet again. Dominic Fletcher and Chad Spanberger both hit home runs off the right field foul poll and basically put the game out of reach for Vanderbilt. 

Arkansas starting pitcher Dominic Tacolini picked up the win for the Hogs while Day (7-2) took his second loss of the season. The bullpen for Arkansas held the game in check and reliever, Jake Rendl would go four plus innings of shut down baseball to pick up his 7th save of the year. 

Vanderbilt returns home this week for the final week of the regular season. Things get started on Tuesday as the Commodores host MTSU for one game and then move to the weekend as Alabama comes to town for the final SEC series of the season. The Commodores are set to play in the SEC Tournament next week in Birmingham but their seeding has yet to be established. Vanderbilt can finish as high as the 6th seed or as low as the 11th seed. 

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