Close games are nothing new for Arkansas. Unfortunately for the Razorbacks, neither is losing games 2-1.
Vanderbilt got a two-run home run from John Norwood and then held on for a 2-1 win at Baum Stadium to even the SEC series.
Arkansas has lost six games by a score of 2-1 this season and have been handed one run losses nine times.
Jalen Beeks made just one mistake on the night but was saddled with the loss after throwing six innings while striking out seven and allowed six hits.
“Beeks didn’t have his best stuff,” Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. “He had his breaking ball tonight, threw some good changeups, made a mistake on a hit and run and they got a hold of the ball. He gave us a chance to win, we had runners on and had a chance to get a hit, it was just a matter of getting that big hit and we just didn’t get it.”
Carson Fulmer picked up the win in his first start of the season after throwing six scoreless innings.
“Obviously he did well tonight,” Van Horn said of the Vanderbilt right-hander. “He was outstanding and has electric stuff. His fastball jumps on you and he has a really hard breaking ball. He started using his changeup towards the end and it was a very good pitch. He got into some jams and he got out of them. He used his experience as a reliever to get out of those jams.”
Arkansas got another big night from Blake Baxendale, including a RBI single in the 8th, as the redshirt freshman had a pair of hits.
Arkansas and Vanderbilt wrap up the series on Sunday.