Brian Van Kirk
April 2, 2006
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The 10th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks hit seven home runs Sunday, including a walk-off, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth that handed the Tennessee baseball team a heartbreaking 13-11 loss at Baum Stadium. The Volunteers hit four homers themselves and managed to out-hit the 10th-ranked Hogs 14-13. With the loss, Tennessee falls to 18-10 (2-6 SEC).
Two of Tennessee's home runs were hit by preseason All-America catcher J.P. Arencibia, marking his second career multi-homer game. Arencibia and Vols shortstop Tony Delmonico each collected three hits, and Arencibia had a game-high four RBIs.
With the Vols trailing 10-8 in the top of the eighth, Arencibia crushed a mammoth two-run, game-tying homer - his second round-tripped of the day. Two batters later, senior first baseman Chris Kemp put the Big Orange in front 11-10 with his fifth home run of the season, a solo shot to left field that was the ninth homer of the afternoon between the two clubs.
The Razorbacks (23-6, 4-5 SEC) went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the eighth, and the Vols did the same in their half of the ninth. Arkansas third baseman Blake Parker then tied the game at 11-11 with a clutch solo homer to left in the bottom of the ninth, and centerfielder Craig Gentry slugged the game-winner to left-center two batters later.
As they did during Saturday's win, the Vols posted a pair of runs in the top of the first inning Sunday. Sophomore centerfielder Julio Borbon reached on an infield error to lead off the frame and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Delmonico. Arencibia then slapped a two-run homer to left field to give Tennessee an early 2-0 edge.
Arkansas quickly struck back, using a three-run homer by first baseman Danny Hamblin in the bottom of the first to take a 3-2 lead. Then with two outs in the bottom of second inning, the Hogs hit back-to-back homers to build a five-run lead. Outfielder Chris Hollensworth's shot was good for three runs, and Hum added a solo blast.
Tennessee head coach Rod Delmonico made the call to the bullpen after Arkansas put two more runners on base in the second. Right-hander Ty Pryor came on in relief of freshman starter Josh Lindblom, who was touched for seven runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings on the hill.
Kemp recorded an RBI double in the top of the third, and right fielder Brian Van Kirk followed that up with an RBI basehit up the middle. A pair of Arkansas errors then enabled Van Kirk to score, and Tennessee found itself trailing by just one run, 7-6.
Pryor walked Hollensworth to lead off the bottom of the fourth and then threw a pair of wild pitches to put Hollensworth on third base with no outs. But Pryor managed to strike out UA's Nos. 3 and 4 hitters before intentionally walking Hum and catching Logan Forsythe looking at strike three to end the inning.
Van Kirk put a solo home run over the wall in left that tied the score at 7-7. It was Van Kirk's third homer of the year. Tennessee then used three consecutive singles to load the bases with one out in the top of the sixth but was unable to capitalize.
Arkansas hit back-to-back home runs - the second time in the game it had done so - in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 10-7 lead. Designated hitter David Hum unleashed a two-run blast to break a 7-7 tie, and cleanup hitter Jake Dugger followed suit with a solo homer to put the Razorbacks up by three.
The Vols once again loaded the bases in the seventh, and an RBI sac fly by Borbon plated third baseman Cody Brown to trim the Razorbacks' lead to two, 10-8.
Pryor's appearance was his fifth of the season and his SEC debut. He allowed three runs on three hits with three walks and six strikeouts through 3 2/3 innings. Junior closer Sean Watson (3-1) entered the game in the sixth and took the loss after allowing three runs on four hits with one walk and five Ks through the final three frames.
Razorbacks starting pitcher Trey Holloway was lifted after giving up six runs (two earned) on eight hits with two Ks. Right-handed relievers Chris Rhoads and Daryl Maday then combined to give up five runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Devin Collis (4-0) logged the win for Arkansas after facing just one batter in the top of the ninth.
The Vols return to action Tuesday when they take on the Tennessee Smokies (Double-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks) in an exhibition game at Smokies Park in Sevierville, Tenn., at 7:15 p.m.