April 26, 2009
UT first baseman Cody Hawn went 3-for-4 with five RBIs and his 17th home run of the season Sunday afternoon as Tennessee fell 15-8 in the series finale against Arkansas at Robert M. Lindsay Field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The game was called after the completion of the eighth inning in accordance with Southeastern Conference curfew policy.
"I thought we came out ready to play," UT coach Todd Raleigh said. "We battled real hard. It's a weird game. Most of the game, they had less hits than they had runs before they got five hits in the last inning; other than that we were up on them all day. I'm disappointed."
Arkansas (28-12, 12-7) won its fifth SEC series of the year after losing its last two at home to Vanderbilt and on the road at Georgia. First baseman Andy Wilkins had four RBIs on the afternoon after hitting his 12th and 13th home runs of the year.
Vol reliever Ty'Relle Harris (4-4) pitched one-third of an inning, allowing two runs on one hit while issuing a walk.
Razorback right-hander Justin Wells (2-0) limited the Tennessee offense to one run on three hits through three innings of work. Wells walked one and struck out three. Stephen Richards picked up his eighth save of the year after pitching two scoreless innings to close out the game.
Tennessee took an early 3-0 lead in the first on Hawn's three-run home run down the left-field line.
Arkansas cut the Vols' lead to 3-1 on shortstop Scott Lyon's solo home run to left field in the top of the second inning.
Brown put the Vols in front 5-1 with a two-run home run to left field in the bottom of the third inning. The homer was his fourth of the year. Hawn scored on the play after being hit by a pitch to lead off the inning.
With four runs in the top of the fourth, the Razorbacks tied the game at 4-4. A two-run homer by center fielder Brett Eibner was the big hit of the inning.
Tennessee took a 7-5 lead with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Davis led off the inning with a solo home run to left field. Hawn followed with a run-scoring single, scoring Blake Forsythe who reached on a double to center field.
Arkansas regained the lead 9-7 with a four-run sixth inning. Two-run doubles by catcher Ryan Cisterna and second baseman Ben Tschepikow provided the scoring for the Razorbacks.
The Vols got one run back in the bottom of the sixth. Hawn drove in his fifth run of the game with a single through the right side. Davis led off the inning with a single and scored on the play. Hawn has driven in 67 runs this season which ties him for seventh with former Vol Joe Randa on the school top-10 list for RBIs in a season.
Arkansas used a six-run eighth inning to take a 15-8 lead. The big blow of the inning was a three-run home run by Wilkins.
Junior Jeff Lockwood pitched 3-1/3 innings in his second start of the year for Tennessee. The Knoxville native allowed three runs on three hits while walking three and striking out two. Danny Wiltz, Will Locante, Adam Adkins, Matt Ramsey, Bryan Morgado and Ryne Simpson saw action out of the bullpen for Tennessee.
Tennessee takes a break from its midweek schedule this week due to final exams. The Vols next take the field in a three-game conference series on the road against Kentucky, May 1-3.