The Commodores won their third straight and improved to 21-9 on the year and 8-2 in league play, while the Razorbacks fell to 23-8 overall and 4-6 in conference.
Pedro Alvarez' continued his homer barrage, with a two-run shot in the first inning to stake the Commodores to a 2-0 lead. It was his fourth round-tripper in his last four games. He finished the night 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored and he is now hitting .512 in SEC games.
Jake Dugger hit a solo homer in the second to make it 5-1. The Commodores took advantage of six Arkansas errors in the contest and scored two more runs in the second to put the game away.
Brian Hernandez and Ryan Davis had two hits each in the winning effort.
The Commodores and Razorbacks will play the second game of the series tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. It will be a battle of southpaws as Cody Crowell will start for Vanderbilt, while Nick Schmidt will take the hill for Arkansas.
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Boyce, Seibert (2), Bollman (5), Wild (7) and Walker, Parker. Price, Christiani (9) and Hernandez. W- Price 5-2, L- Boyce 2-2. SV- None. HR- ARK: Dugger (7). VU: Alvarez (7).