Cats Take Two from Hogs to Win Series

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A three-run first inning fueled by a pair of Razorback errors got Kentucky rolling in a Saturday doubleheader sweep of the Razorbacks.

Fayetteville-A pair of first inning errors cost the Razorbacks game two of the Kentucky series. A lack of timely hitting did the Hogs in in game three.

The Wildcats scored three runs in the top of the first of game one of a doubleheader and went on to win it 5-4.

A fourth inning two-run home run by Cameron Flynn was the difference in the night cap as Kentucky took the series with a 2-1 win.

The Razorbacks are now 25-9 on the season and 8-7 in Southeastern Conference play while Kentucky improved to 32-5 and 11-4 in SEC play.

Arkansas struggles at the plate overshadowed some outstanding pitching in the double header. After starter Barrett Astin had surrendered a 4-3 lead in the fifth reliever Brandon Moore came on to blank Kentucky over the next five innings allowing just two hits.

D.J. Baxendale was a hard luck loser in game two. The junior right hander went eight full innings allowing just two runs on eight hits while recording seven strike outs. Reliever Colby Suggs struck out the side in the top of the 9th.

The Razorbacks managed four runs on just three hits in game one while scoring one run on nine hits in game two.

“It was just a disappointing day offensively, pretty much, from about the third inning on of that first game,” head coach Dave Van Horn noted. “Give credit to their pitching. They did a great job. Their bullpen came in and got their guys out there late that they needed to get and they went to the next guy. There were some good at-bats by our team but there was a lot that was disappointing especially late in the game.”

The Razorbacks are back in action Tuesday afternoon in their second straight doubleheader as they host Stephen F. Austin. The first game will begin at 3:05 p.m. with game two set to begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one. Both games of the doubleheader will be televised by CST.