A huge first inning for the Arkansas baseball team put them on the board early in Friday’s 6-2 series opener win against 11th ranked Vanderbilt.
Eric Fisher came to the plate with two on and two out in the first inning and belted his team-leading sixth home run of the year to right field. The long ball gave Fisher four home runs in the last five games and capped a four-run first inning for Arkansas.
Trey Killian on the mound took advantage of the early lead. Killian pitched 6.2 innings, gave up six hits and no earned runs to earn his second win of the season. Zach Jackson and Michael Gunn closed it out with three strikeouts in 2.1 relief innings.
Fisher added a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning to give him a career-high four runs in one day, while Andrew Benintendi and Joe Serrano each tallied their 13th multi-hit games of the year. Blake Baxendale recorded two more hits and drove in a pair of runs to extend his hitting streak to four games.
Arkansas and Vanderbilt will play game two of the series Saturday evening at Baum Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m