Baseball: Late collapse dooms Vandy, 5-4

FAYETTEVILLE - The 16th-ranked Arkansas baseball team secured a series victory over No. 22 Vanderbilt with a 5-4 extra innings win Saturday at Baum Stadium.

Tenth inning substitute Ben Tschepikow came through in the clutch in the bottom of the inning, delivering a two-out RBI single that scored Jake Dugger.

The Commodores accumulated 13 hits in the game, but left runners stranded on base in nine of the game's 10 innings, including a bases-loaded situation in the top of the eighth that could have provided much needed insurance runs.

All nine Commodore starters got hits in the game, including two hits each for Rucker Taylor, Brian Hernandez, Stephen Shao and Bill Kleinschrodt.

On the mound, Ryan Mullins pitched six innings while allowing only two runs on five hits and striking out three. After two scoreless innings of work from reliever Matt Buschmann, closer Ryan Rote allowed two runs in the ninth inning and a two-out double to Dugger in the 10th.

The Commodores scored first for the second game in a row in the third inning. An error by the UA second baseman on a ball off the bat of Hernandez allowed Taylor to score the first run of the game.

The Razorbacks tied the game in the bottom of the fourth, but the Commodores answered with two more in the fifth inning. Baxter doubled and advanced to third on a passed ball. A ground ball to the shortstop allowed Baxter to score, and an errant throw gave Jones second base. Two batters later, Dominic De La Osa doubled in Jones to give Vanderbilt a 3-1 lead.

Arkansas produced a run in the bottom of the inning to cut the VU lead in half. The Dores, however, would reclaim their two-run advantage in the sixth. Kleinschrodt singled with one out and advanced to second when Antoan Richardson earned a walk. After a wild pitch gave Kleinschrodt third, he scored when Rucker Taylor ground into a fielder's choice.

The seventh and eighth innings were scoreless before the Razorbacks stormed back with two in the ninth and one in the 10th to steal the victory.

The final game of the series is scheduled for Sunday at 1:05 p.m. CT. Top Stories