March 15, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Taylor Koenig came up with two key RBI hits for UT early on, but Arkansas scored four in the bottom of the seventh to storm back and defeat No. 2 Tennessee, 5-4, on Saturday at Bogle Park.
Tennessee (23-3, 1-1 SEC) scored one in the second and one in the fourth before adding two in the fifth. Arkansas (20-7, 1-1) scored one in the bottom of the second and four in the bottom of the seventh.
Koenig was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Hannah Akamine was 2-for-2 with one RBI and one walk.
Rainey Gaffin (4-2) took the loss after allowing four runs and striking out over 2.1 relief frames. Erin Gabriel started and allowed one earned run over 1.2 innings. Cheyanne Tarango threw 2.1 scoreless middle relief innings.
Sydney Wright (4-1) earned the win for Arkansas after tossing 2.1 scoreless innings in relief. Kasey Fagan started in the circle and allowed one run over two innings. Grace Moll gave up three runs over 2.2 relief innings.
Tennessee struck first in the top of the second. Haley Tobler was hit by a pitch on a full count and reached second on a wild pitch. Taylor Koenig ripped an RBI single up the middle to plate Tobler and give UT a 1-0 lead.
Arkansas evened the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the second when Parker Pocklington knocked an RBI double off the wall in left field with one out, scoring Ashley Martindale.
Koenig came up big for Tennessee once again in the top of the fourth. With two outs and Tobler on first base, Koenig connected for an RBI double to right field top push the Lady Vols back in front, 2-1.
The Lady Vols bolstered their lead with two more runs in the top of the fifth. With two outs, Annie Aldrete hit an RBI double to right center to score Davin from second base. Hannah Akamine followed with an RBI single to right field to plate Aldrete and push Tennessee's lead to 4-1.
The Razorbacks would not go quietly. With one out and runners on second and third, Devon Wallace hit a three-run homer to center field. After Kasey Fagan hit a single up the middle and advanced to second on a wild pitch, Clarisa Navarro hit an RBI double down the left field line to plate Fagan for the winning run.
Tennessee and Arkansas will play the third game of their series at 3:25 p.m. CT/4:25 p.m. ET.