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BASEBALL VOLS DROP SERIES-OPENER AT ARKANSAS 6-1
Chris Kemp

Chris Kemp

March 31, 2006

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas scored five runs in the sixth inning Friday night - four of which came on a grand slam by third baseman Blake Parker - as the 10th-ranked Razorbacks defeated the Tennessee baseball team 6-1 in front of a crowd of 8,065 at Baum Stadium. Arkansas starting pitcher Nick Schmidt's complete-game shutout attempt was foiled when Vols designated hitter Kelly Edmundson crushed a solo home run to left field with two outs in the top of the ninth.

The Volunteers fell to 17-9 (1-5 SEC) with their fourth straight loss.

Tennessee senior first baseman Chris Kemp reached based safely three times on the night, collecting two hits and a walk. Edmundson's homer was his third of the season and the 14th of his career.

After back-to-back basehits in the bottom of the sixth, Arkansas designated hitter Wayne Hrozek got an RBI double to fall in right-centerfield, scoring Chris Hollensworth from second base and giving the Razorbacks a 1-0 lead. Jake Dugger then drew a base on balls, setting the table for Parker's heroics. The Hogs' go-ahead sixth consisted of five runs on five hits, tying for the most hits allowed by UT in an inning this season.

Hollensworth led off the bottom of the fourth by reaching base on an infield error and advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch. He was put out at third on a fielder's choice, however, and Tennessee ace James Adkins went on to escape with no damage sustained.

 

 

Vols infielders Cody Brown and Kemp led off the fifth with consecutive basehits, but Schmidt then posted back-to-back strikeouts. Schmidt then hit Jarred Frazier with a pitch, loading the bases for UT leadoff man Julio Borbon. Schmidt managed to work himself ahead in the count before getting Borbon to ground out to first base, preserving the scoreless tie.

The Razorbacks (22-5, 3-4 SEC) tacked on an insurance run in the eighth when Logan Forsythe hit a solo home run to left field, making the score 6-0.

Adkins took the loss to fall to 4-3 after allowing six runs on nine hits with two walks and five strikeouts through eight innings of action. He didn't surrender a hit until Arkansas catcher Brian Walker singled up the middle with two outs in the top of the fifth.

Schmidt's final line included one run on six hits with two walks and 11 Ks in nine innings on the hill. He improved to 5-2 while logging his first league win of the year.

The series resumes Saturday at 5:05 p.m. ET. Junior right-hander Craig Cobb (4-1, 2.42 ERA) will start for Tennessee opposite Arkansas senior right-hander Charley Boyce (2-0, 4.26 ERA).

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