After a tough 1-0 loss in extra innings last night, Gary Henderson and his No. 12 Kentucky Baseball (23-15, 9-8) team needed to make a statement in today’s doubleheader if they wanted to take the weekend series from the Razorbacks (24-15, 6-11). Unfortunately, the bats couldn’t quite wake up until the final frame, and even then it was too little, too late. Behind a gem of a start from junior RHP Zach Jackson, Arkansas beat Kentucky 2-0 and clinched the series win. Let’s get to the box score and a few quick notes from Game One before the action starts back up at The Cliff at the bottom of the hour.
Dustin Beggs’ streak comes to an end. The senior’s 7-0 start to 2016 finally has a blemish, after being on the wrong side of a pitcher’s duel and a shortened game due to the doubleheader format. Beggs still had solid day on the mound, allowing only two runs and keeping the Cats in striking distance up until the final out. It just wasn’t enough today.
The Kentucky lineup is in a slump. Riley Mahan was the only Wildcat to collect a hit in Game One. Other than that, there wasn’t much doing against Jackson. Things looked like they could get interesting in the bottom of the seventh, when a two-out rally (a Mahan double on a misplayed ball by the Arkansas outfielder and back-to-back walks to Tyler Marshall and Dorian Hariston loaded the bases for freshman Tristan Pompey. Pompey, however, flied out to center to end the game and the biggest scoring threat the Wildcats had during the entire game.
That’ll do it for Game One. Kyle Cody takes the mound in less than thirty minutes (2:52 p.m. first pitch) with hopes to salvage the final game of the weekend with a W. Stay tuned to KSR for all the updates and a recap of the action.