Tennessee lost a tough one to No. 1 Arkansas on Friday night, as the Razorbacks came storming back from a 5-0 deficit to win late. It was a tough loss for the Volunteers, but as we’ve seen before, you can’t keep this team down for too long.
Two runs off of three hits had Tennessee off and running once again at Lindsey Nelson Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Jake Rucker drove in Liam Spence to kick off the scoring, pushing Tennessee to an early lead. Evan Russell’s sacrifice fly drove in another in the first, establishing the Volunteers’ lead at 2-0.
Connor Pavolony drove in one more run in the fourth inning, pushing the Tennessee lead out to 3-0.
Tennessee starter Will Heflin sailed through five innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth. The Arkansas bats came alive there, with Braydon Webb and Christian Franklin each knocking one over the fence. Just like that, we had a tie ballgame at three runs each.
Jalen Battles broke that tie in the seventh, driving in a run on a double down the line. The Razorbacks added another on a bunt single, bringing us to a 5-3 game.
Tennessee’s Max Ferguson sliced the lead back down to 5-4 with a solo shot in the bottom of the seventh. However, Arkansas answered once again, plating an unearned run to retake a two-run advantage.
Jordan Beck was able to keep pace though, sending a solo homerun over the fence to bring us back to a 6-5 game in the bottom of the eighth. But a pesky Arkansas squad wouldn’t let up, adding an insurance run in the top of the ninth on a Christian Franklin double.
Entering the bottom of the ninth, Tennessee trailed 7-5.
The Volunteers got their ninth inning rolling with a single from Connor Pavolony. Liam Spence followed that with a walk, and then Max Ferguson took us home. It was a three-run shot to end it, as Tennessee walked it off with a 8-7 victory.
Game three will begin on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on SEC Network+.