Today’s game was the epitome of Kentucky’s season thus far as they drop game two to No. 5 Arkansas 9-1 after the wheels fell off in the top of the sixth inning that went 45 minutes long.
Outside of a second inning where Dillon Marsh tightroped out of bases loaded, no out situation, he was solid on the mound today. However, the decision to leave him in the sixth inning did Kentucky in.
Marsh’s elongated stay allowed the Razorbacks to put two up on the board after a two-run blast by Dominic Fletcher and that would signal the end to Marsh’s day. Marsh went a solid five innings allowing two runs on six hits, but he was still on the line for the loss.
After Marsh’s departure, poorly managed calls to the bullpen allowed the Hogs to put up four more in the inning to give the Razorbacks a 6-1 lead.
It was the 24th time this season the Cats have allowed four or more runs in an inning.
In the top of the seventh Arkansas added three more on a three-run blast to centerfield by nine-hole hitter Christain Franklin to give Arkansas a 9-1 lead that they would hold on to in the bottom half for the victory.
Kentucky got their only run of the game on a fielder’s choice Arkansas traded a run for an out that scored Elliot Curtis in the bottom of the fourth.
Kentucky drops to 22-24 (5-18) with this loss.
They will have a chance to take a game in this series at 4:32 p.m. ET when Zack Thompson takes the mound against the No.5 Razorbacks in game two of today’s doubleheader at KPP. You can catch the game on SEC Network+.
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