Arkansas baseball gives up a season-high 11 points in Game 2 loss to Kentucky

Kentucky regained a share of the overall SEC lead with an 11-3 victory over Arkansas baseball at Kentucky Proud Park on Saturday.

The eighth-ranked Wildcats (34-10, 17-6 SEC) tied the series with the second-ranked Razorbacks (40-8, 17-6) at one game apiece. The series and overall SEC lead will be on the line Sunday when the teams play Central at noon.

Kentucky took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the second inning and scored four-run innings in the fourth and eighth. The Wildcats outhit Arkansas 11-8, walking six and being hit by three pitches.

The Razorbacks allowed a double-digit run total for the first time this season.

Kentucky had success against all three Arkansas pitchers who took the mound. Starter Brady Tygart allowed 5 runs, 6 hits and 3 walks in 3-plus innings. He left the game after a walk and a single to start the bottom of the fourth inning.

Gage Wood inherited the jam and made matters worse when he allowed a walk, a double and a single to the first four batters he faced. Wood pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up 3 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks.

A one-out batter by Wood in the eighth started the Wildcats’ third big inning. Nick Lopez’s three-run double on a 3-2 pitch by Koty Frank blew the game open, and Devin Burkes added an RBI single to score Lopez.

Frank allowed 3 runs, 2 hits and 1 walk while recording 2 outs.

Arkansas took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Hudson White hit a two-run home run to left field against Kentucky starter Dominic Niman. The 400-foot blast was White’s first home run since the first game of the season on February 16.

White led off the ninth with a walk and scored on Peyton Stovall’s RBI ground-out.

Tygart allowed a one-out walk and a single in the bottom of the second, but it looked like he would get out of the inning unscathed when Emilien Pitre lifted a fly ball to left. However, left fielder Ross Lovich misplayed the ball. He backed into the fence, causing the ball to hit the wall, and both runners scored.

Pitre also scored on Burkes’ two-out RBI double to give the Wildcats a 3-2 lead.

Pitre, Burkes and Lopez — the Wildcats’ 2, 3 and 4 hitters — also added runs in the fourth. That trio combined to go 6-for-12 with 10 RBI, led by 4 RBI from Pitre and Lopez.

Kentucky starting left-hander Dominic Niman allowed 2 runs, 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4 in 5 1/3 innings. He threw 52 of 84 pitches for strikes.

Arkansas had opportunities offensively, but stranded nine baserunners. The Razorbacks were 3 for 19 with runners on base and 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position.

Kentucky went 8 for 21 with runners on and 6 for 12 with runners in scoring position.