Razorbacks jump on Sowers early, take 6-3 win

NASHVILLE-- The No. 21 Arkansas Razorbacks scored six runs in the first two innings and held on to defeat the No. 22 Vanderbilt Commodores 6-3 in Southeastern Conference action Friday at Hawkins Field. Vanderbilt is now 25-9, 6-7 in the league, while Arkansas is 24-12, 9-4 in conference action.

NASHVILLE-- The No. 21 Arkansas Razorbacks scored six runs in the first two innings and held on to defeat the No. 22 Vanderbilt Commodores 6-3 in Southeastern Conference action Friday at Hawkins Field. Vanderbilt is now 25-9, 6-7 in the league, while Arkansas is 24-12, 9-4 in conference action.

Arkansas got on the board in the first inning scoring two runs. With one away, Danny Hamblin singled up the middle and moved to second when Clay Goodwin drew a walk. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch by Jeremy Sowers, his second of the season. Hamblin scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Scott Hode and Goodwin crossed home plate on a single up the middle by Haas Pratt.

The Razorbacks scored four more in the second for a 6-0 lead. VU second baseman Warner Jones bobbled a Devin Day hit and Brady Toops reached base after being hit by a pitch. Casey Rowlett hit a single to deep right field moving Day to third and Toops to second. Hamblin then drove a shot to deep center field that cleared the bases for a 5-0 Arkansas lead. Scott Hode's sacrifice to center field scored Hamblin for the 6-0 score.

"They hit him (Sowers) pretty well the first two innings and made some things happen and that was the story of the game," Vanderbilt Head Coach Tim Corbin said. "They did exactly what they needed to do against a pitcher who is pretty good. The first two innings he just didn't have it and they capitalized on it - he started feeling better and had a couple of good innings."

Arkansas totaled six runs on four hits off Sowers in the first two innings. In the next four innings, Sowers did not give up a hit.

"Coach (Derek) Johnson just told me to start over and settle down," Sowers said. "I did and threw strikes and got a couple of breaks. I started feeling it and was able to put the ball where I wanted to. In the first two innings it didn't matter where I wanted the ball to go, it wasn't going to go there so I had to turn it around."

Sowers went six innings and gave up six runs (four earned) on four hits and struck out five. His four walks tied a career high and he now owns a 6-2 record on the year. Freshman Tyler Rhoden pitched the final three innings and gave up one hit and struck out two batters while walking one.

The Commodores got on the board in the second inning when Aaron Garza hit a three-run home run over the left field wall scoring Tony Mansolino who reached on a single to right field and Worth Scott who drew a walk.

Vanderbilt totaled seven hits in the game led by Ryan Klosterman and Tony Mansolino with two each.

The Razorbacks Clint Brannon earned the win going six innings while giving up three runs (three earned) on five hits. He walked two and struck out four and is now 2-1 on the season.

The series continues Saturday at 6 pm in a televised contest by CSS at Hawkins Field.

Score by Innings                   R H E
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ARKANSAS............ 240 000 000 - 6 5 1
Vanderbilt.......... 030 000 000 - 3 7 2
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Win - Brannon (2-1). Loss - J. Sowers (6-2). Save - Sawatski (3).
WP - J. Sowers(2). HBP - by J. Sowers (Toops).
Pitches/strikes: Brannon 92/60; Sawatski 39/27; J. Sowers 114/70;
T. Rhoden 40/24.
Umpires - HP: Duke Savage 1B: Larry Short 3B: Robert Hefner
Start: 7:05 pm Time: 2:25 Attendance: 1437
Game: VU0416


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